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Good Wins For Milan And Napoli As Inter Lose

Kaka-100goalsDries Mertens scored twice nine second-half minutes as Napoli beat Sampdoria 2-0 while Kaká scored his 100th goal in Italian football to help AC Milan pick up three very valuable points.

With Mario Balotelli watching from the bench as Alessandro Matri spearheaded the attack in Massimiliano Allegri’s preferred 4-3-2-1 formation, Milan picked up only their second win in their past ten games.

Kaka reached the 100 goal milestone when he collected a pass deep on the left of the area to turn and beat Andrea Consigli with an angled strike at the keeper’s far post. Matri made way for Balotelli just before the hour mark and the Italy striker played a role in Kaka’s second, holding off defender Giulio Migliaccio deep on the right to cross for Robinho.

When the ball bobbled in front of the unmarked Brazilian, Kaka promptly took possession to smash the ball past Consigli from close range. Milan had barely finished celebrating when Cristante added their third, smashing a crisp daisycutter just inside Consigli’s far post from the edge of the area.

Two quickfire goals from Dries Mertens steered Rafael Benítez’s side to only their third win in seven league outings. The Belgium winger broke the deadlock in Naples eight minutes after half-time by turning in Gonzalo Higuaín’s pinpoint centre and found the net again with a crisp free-kick.

With Roma losing to Juventus, Napoli is now only two points behind second-placed AS Roma and three clear of ACF Fiorentina in fourth.

In the late kick-off, Inter missed an opportunity to keep pace with the teams above them as they lost 1-0 at Lazio courtesy of a late goal from Miroslav Klose. With the win, Lazio moved into the top half of the table.