MX23RW : Tuesday, November 6 22:23:50
Nov 2, 2018 at 7.30pm UK at ​Stadio San Paolo (Napoli)
Napoli
5-1
Empoli
Insigne (9'), Mertens (38', 64', 90'), Milik (90')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Caputo (58')

Result: Dries Mertens nets hat-trick as five-star Napoli ease past Empoli

Result: Dries Mertens nets hat-trick as five-star Napoli ease past Empoli
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Mertens was inspired against bottom-three side Empoli.

Dries Mertens scored a hat-trick as Napoli trounced Empoli 5-1 to narrow the gap to Serie A leaders Juventus to three points.

A rapid ninth-minute counter-attack saw Kalidou Koulibaly provide the final pass that Lorenzo Insigne collected and clipped beyond goalkeeper Ivan Provedel at Stadio San Paolo.

Empoli had a Luca Antonelli effort ruled out for offside before, in the 38th minute, Mertens dribbled into the box and unleashed an angled drive that stunned Provedel.

Francesco Caputo briefly made it a contest again when beating the offside trap and Orestis Karnezis to halve the deficit, but the irrepressible Mertens would reestablish Napoli’s two-goal lead.

This time he did not need to enter the penalty area, instead lofting a first-time strike over Provedel.

Empoli’s heads dropped and substitute Arkadiusz Milik added a fourth at the end of another fast break before Mertens claimed the match ball thanks to an assist from Insigne.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Juventus1110102481631
2Inter Milan118122161525
3Napoli1181224121225
4AC Milan116322114721
5Lazio117041713421
6SassuoloSassuolo115331916318
7Torino114521613317
8Fiorentina11443179816
9Roma114431814416
10Sampdoria114341511415
11Atalanta BCAtalanta114341913615
12Parma114251014-414
13Genoa114251624-814
14CagliariCagliari113441014-413
15SPALSPAL11407917-812
16Bologna11236916-79
17Udinese112361016-69
18Empoli111371020-106
19FrosinoneFrosinone11137924-156
20AC Chievo VeronaChievo11029828-20-1

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