Napoli keep slim Serie A hopes alive
Napoli 4-1 Fiorentina.

Napoli keep slim Serie A hopes alive

Napoli still have an outside chance of claiming the Serie A title, however slim, after a 4-1 win over Fiorentina.

They are two points behind Juve following victory -- thanks to two goals from Dries Mertens and strikes from Kalidou Koulibaly and Lorenzo Insigne -- and one adrift of Roma with avoidance of the Champions League playoff round at stake.

But defeat dented Fiorentina's Europa League hopes as they failed to make up ground on AC Milan and sit seventh having played a game more.

Koulibaly opened the scoring after eight minutes, bundling in from close range, and Napoli almost doubled their lead when Mertens hit the post after 26 minutes.

They did make it 2-0 nine minutes before the break when Insigne converted Mertens' pass and Mertens scored himself 12 minutes after the re-start, stabbing in after Ciprian Tatarusanu fumbled Insigne's effort.

Josip Ilicic did pull a goal back for the visitors but Mertens wrapped up victory with a fourth when he embarrassed Gonzalo Rodriguez and tapped in after Insigne's shot was saved.

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