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Sep 18, 2014 at 8.05pm UK at ​Stadio San Paolo
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Gonzalo Higuain relieved to help Napoli back to form

Gonzalo Higuain admits that it was relief to return to form as Napoli beat Sparta Prague 3-1 on Thursday.

Gonzalo Higuain has revealed his relief after playing his part in a 3-1 victory over Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday night.

After falling behind early on against their Russian rivals, it looked like Rafael Benitez's side were on their way to a second successive defeat following Sunday's loss to Chievo.

However, Higuain recovered from missing a penalty in that match to score from the spot before the interval, and Dries Mertens added a brace to help Napoli to three points.

"After Sunday's defeat we had to prove to our fans that we wanted to win and that we wanted these three points," the Argentine forward told Mediaset Premium. "It was an important game, we had to show our character.

"Last year we played in a lot of big games late in the season and this year we want to repeat that. I shot my penalty in the same direction as I did on Sunday - I was not thinking about another mistake but only to score."

Napoli return to action against Udinese on Sunday.


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Napoli's Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuain (C) celebrates after scoring a penalty during the UEFA Europa League Group I football match against Sparta Prague on September 18, 2014
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Juventus1211102681834
2Napoli1291226131328
3Inter Milan1281322101225
4Lazio127141814422
5AC Milan126332116521
6Roma125432215719
7SassuoloSassuolo125432017319
8Atalanta BCAtalanta125342314918
9Parma125251215-317
10Fiorentina124531810817
11Torino124531715217
12Sampdoria124351615115
13CagliariCagliari123541216-414
14Genoa124261726-914
15SPALSPAL124171119-813
16Bologna122461118-710
17Empoli122371221-99
18Udinese122371118-79
19FrosinoneFrosinone121471025-157
20AC Chievo VeronaChievo120391030-200

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