Napoli moved to within three points of second-placed Roma in Italian Serie A thanks to a 2-0 win over Sassuolo on Monday evening. Duvan Zapata and Marek Hamsik scored the goals for Rafael Benitez’s men, who ended the game with only ten men with substitute Dries Mertens shown a red card.
Second-half substitute Mertens was sent off five minutes after taking to the field for a dangerous tackle from behind on Simone Missiroli, but Napoli held on to record their fifth victory in their last six Serie A matches. The win means Napoli can move above Roma next Sunday when they face Torino, before the Giallorossi host Juventus on Monday.
Inter Milan made it three league wins in a row with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Cagliari. After dominating the first half, Roberto Mancini’s men took the lead just after the break through Mateo Kovacic and Mauro Icardi then doubled the lead.
An own-goal from Inter goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo set up a tense finish but Inter held on to claim all three points. The result moved Inter within four points of a European spot while Cagliari remain in the relegation zone.