MX23RW : Wednesday, November 21 04:29:45
Feb 4, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadio Ciro Vigorito
Attendance: 15,026
BeneventoBenevento
0-2
Napoli
FT(HT: 0-1)
Mertens (20'), Hamsik (47')

Result: Napoli see off Benevento to return to top of Serie A table

Result: Napoli beat Benevento to top Serie A table
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Napoli return to the top of the Serie A table thanks to a 2-0 win over struggling Benevento in Sunday's league clash at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito.

Napoli have returned to the top of the Serie A table thanks to a 2-0 win over basement side Benevento in Sunday's league clash at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito.

The hosts began brightly against their high-flying opponents as Enrico Brignola, Guilherme and Marco D'Alessandro all came close with a number of early chances.

However, Maurizio Sarri's charges countered with a dangerous effort on 14 minutes that saw Lorenzo Insigne lob the ball over goalkeeper Christian Puggioni but strike the crossbar.

Marek Hamsik then blasted the ball over but Napoli succeeded in taking the lead on 20 minutes when Dries Mertens found the back of the net with a shot-cum-cross from a tight angle.

Napoli were let off the hook on on 40 minutes when Brignola's surge forward saw the ball worked to Berat Djimsiti, who could only find the side-netting when unmarked from 12 yards.

The Partenopei made the most of the reprieve by scoring their second on 47 minutes, Hamsik rifling Jose Callejon's pass across the face of goal into the net from close range.

Benevento were denied a penalty in the 56th minute when Kalidou Koulibaly brought down Andrea Costa, only for VAR to show that one of their players was offside during the build-up.

With 16 minutes to go, Mertens was brought down by a crunching Djimsiti challenge, forcing the Belgian to limp off the pitch.

The incident did not impact on Napoli's performance, however, as they secured all three points and leapfrogged Juventus back into first place.

BENEVENTO (4-3-3): Puggioni; Venuti, Djimsiti, Costa, Letizia; Cataldi, Sandro (Del Pinto 83'), Djuricic (Memushaj 67'); Brignola (Coda 63'), Guilherme, D'Alessandro

NAPOLI (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Koulibaly, Albiol, Rui; Allan, Jorginho (Diawara 78'), Hamsik (Zielinski 69'); Callejon, Mertens (Rog 76'), Insigne

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Palermo117312191224
2Pescara126421915422
3Salernitana125521411320
4Cittadella11542148619
5Lecce125432218419
6Brescia114612216618
7BeneventoBenevento115242018217
8Perugia115241616017
9Spezia CalcioSpezia Calcio115151414016
10Cremonese11362118315
11Hellas VeronaHellas Verona114341515015
12AscoliAscoli114341112-115
13VeneziaVenezia113351113-212
14Crotone123361417-312
15PadovaPadova122551320-711
16Cosenza CalcioCosenza111551015-58
17CarpiCarpi111461020-107
18LivornoLivorno11128819-115
19Catania00000000
20Novara00000000
21Siena00000000

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