Napoli hold on against Empoli, Roma recover from Sassuolo scare
Empoli 2 - 3 Napoli

Napoli hold on against Empoli, Roma recover from Sassuolo scare

20/03/2017

In Sunday's lunchtime match, Napoli resisted a late fightback from lowly Empoli to win 3-2.

Lorenzo Insigne followed up his brace against Crotone with another double, the Italy striker opening the scoring and then converting a penalty after Dries Mertens had notched in spectacular style to reach 20 goals for the season. The Belgian had earlier seen his spot-kick saved by Lukasz Skorupski.

The Azzurri thought a three-goal lead over the 17th-placed club was enough to see them through but Empoli thought otherwise with Omar El Kaddouri spoiling the southerners' clean sheet before veteran substitute Massimo Maccarone scored a late penalty to set up a nervous finale.

Roma rallied to defeat Sassuolo 3-1 and move back into second place.

Gregoire Defrel gave the lowly northerners a surprise ninth-minute lead but Leandro Paredes soon restored parity and Mohamed Salah struck in first-half stoppage time to turn the game around.

Midway through the second period, Bosnian substitute Edin Dzeko reached 21 goals for the 2016-17 campaign.

Lazio had an opportunity to close the gap on third place when they visited Cagliari.

Simone Inzaghi's men were only able to creep one point nearer to Napoli, though, as the Sardinians held them to a goalless draw at the Sant'Elia.

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