MX23RW : Friday, December 14 03:51:20
Feb 10, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadio San Paolo
Attendance: 32,940
Napoli
4-1
Lazio
Callejon (43'), Wallace (54' og.), Rui (56'), Mertens (73')
FT(HT: 1-1)
de Vrij (3')

Result: Napoli regain top spot with comeback win over Lazio

Result: Napoli regain top spot with comeback win
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Napoli regain top spot from Juventus in Serie A by overcoming Lazio 4-1 at the Stadio San Paolo, extending their winning run to eight matches.

Napoli battled back from an early goal down to beat third-placed Lazio 4-1 at the Stadio San Paolo and regain top spot from Juventus in Serie A.

The Partenopei held their nerve in a tough-looking fixture to climb a point in front of Juventus, who temporarily moved top with victory at Fiorentina on Friday night.

Dries Mertens rounded off the scoring with Napoli's fourth 17 minutes from time, helping to extend his side's winning league run to eight matches in the process.

Lazio, now 17 points adrift of their opponents in what is a two-horse race for the title, found themselves ahead three minutes in when Stefan de Vrij directed Ciro Immobile's cross past Pepe Reina.

The home side responded well, creating a couple of half-chances before Lorenzo Insigne curled the ball just wide of the target.

Marco Parolo then failed to keep his header down from a good position and Insigne was marginally off the mark with his intended lob.

Napoli did manage to drag themselves back on level terms with two minutes of the first half left to play, though, as Jose Callejon latched on to Jorginho's free kick and fired the ball into the back of the net.

An early stop was required from Thomas Strakosha after the restart to keep his side level, doing well to keep out Insigne following an error from Wallace.

The Brazilian defender was at fault for Napoli's key second goal, too, sliding in to convert Callejon's cross that was intended for Insigne at the back post.

Napoli's third followed two minutes later, this time through a deflected shot off Piotr Zielinski that left Strakosha wrong-footed in the visiting goal.

Strakosha was being kept busy for the remainder of the match, particularly when blocking Zielinski's attempt, but the league leaders showed why they are so highly fancied this term by adding a fourth before the end.

Mertens dinked the ball over Strakosha at the end of an impressive team move, taking the Partenopei another game closer to Serie A glory.

NAPOLI (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Tonelli, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Allan (Rog 81'), Jorginho, Hamsik (Zielinski 46'); Callejon (Maggio 84'), Mertens, Insigne

LAZIO (3-5-1-1): Strakosha; Wallace, De Vrij, Radu; Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic, Leiva (Nani 67'), Parolo, Lulic (Lukaku 60'); Luis Alberto (Caicedo 60'); Immobile

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Stefan de Vrij during the Serie A match between Bologna and Lazio on October 25, 2017
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Juventus1514103282443
2Napoli15112232141835
3Inter Milan1592427131429
4AC Milan157532418626
5Lazio157442218425
6Torino155731916322
7Atalanta BCAtalanta156362920921
8Parma156361619-321
9Roma155642620621
10SassuoloSassuolo155642422221
11Sampdoria155552319420
12Fiorentina154742116519
13CagliariCagliari153841519-417
14Genoa154472030-1016
15Empoli154471926-716
16SPALSPAL154381424-1015
17Udinese153481321-813
18Bologna152581324-1111
19FrosinoneFrosinone151591133-228
20AC Chievo VeronaChievo150691232-203

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