Mi­lik brace sends Napoli top in Italy

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FREE-SCOR­ING Napoli went pro­vi­sion­ally top of the Ital­ian league yes­ter­day af­ter a 3-1 win over Bologna thanks largely to a brace from newly signed Pol­ish striker Arka­diusz Mi­lik.

Napoli fans were hor­ri­fied to lose Ar­gen­tine striker Gon­zalo Higuain who trans­ferred to Ju­ven­tus in the sum­mer af­ter he scored 36 goals last sea­son, but freshly signed from Ajax, Mi­lik is on fire.

The 22-year-old in­ter­na­tional has now grabbed four goals in four league games and scored a brace as Napoli came from behind to beat Dy­namo Kiev in the Cham­pi­ons League in mid­week.

Napoli have 10 points from four games while Ju­ven­tus, now boast­ing Higuain in at­tack, on nine travel to In­ter Milan and third placed Roma have seven points ahead of their game at Fiorentina.

Napoli’s Span­ish striker Jose Maria Calle­jon opened the scor­ing on 14 min­utes tak­ing his own league tally to five so far, but Bologna drew level with a Si­mone Verdi lob on 56.

Mi­lik’s first was also a lob giv­ing Napoli a 2-1 lead on 67 min­utes be­fore his fierce left-foot drive on 78 sealed a 3-1 win and sent his side pro­vi­sion­ally top.

Lazio thumped Pescara 3-0 to climb fourth on seven points with goals from Sergej MilinkovicSavic with a su­perb header on 67 min­utes, Ste­fan Radu then nod­ded home a cor­ner and fi­nally Ciro Im­mo­bile scored with a tap in 14 min­utes from time.

AC Milan striker Car­los Bacca came off the bench to clinch three points with a late strike in a 1-0 win at Sam­p­do­ria on Fri­day.

Milan’s sec­ond win in four out­ings moved them up to three points off Ju­ven­tus at the top be­fore the rest of the week­end pro­gramme. – AFP

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