Waste­ful Napoli held to 1-1 draw by Sas­suolo

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Napoli was again made to count the cost of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties as it was held 1-1 by Sas­suolo in Serie A yes­ter­day.

Lorenzo In­signe fired the hosts in front three min­utes from the break, cut­ting in­side and curl­ing in un­der the cross­bar. The ball went in with the aid of a slight de­flec­tion off for­mer Napoli de­fender Paolo Can­navaro - who had been given a warm wel­come by the Partenopei fans at the start of the match.

It was In­signe's third goal in two matches.

Napoli again failed to close out the match, wast­ing sev­eral chances to do so, and paid the price when sub­sti­tute Gre­goire De­frel pow­er­fully volleyed home Mar­cello Gaz­zola’s cross to equalise eight min­utes from time.

The home side al­most snatched a late win but Jose Calle­jon hit the right post in stop­page time.

Sas­suolo had also hit the wood­work, with Si­mone Mis­siroli’s header com­ing off the cross­bar shortly af­ter the hour.

Napoli re­mained sev­enth, four points be­hind sec­ond-placed Roma and AC Mi­lan, and eight points be­hind league leader Ju­ven­tus. Sas­suolo was 16th. In­ter Mi­lan con­tin­ued with their re­cov­ery un­der coach Ste­fano Pi­oli when they beat Fiorentina 4-2.

In­ter had a fiery start to the match and were al­ready 3-0 ahead in­side the open­ing 20 min­utes.

Bro­zovic paved the way with a goal af­ter just three min­utes. Can­dreva made it 2-0 six min­utes later and Icardi scored the third in the 19th minute.

In­ter missed other chances be­fore Kalinic pulled one back for Fiorentina in the 37th minute.

Fiorentina had Ro­driguez sent off for an el­bow­ing in­ci­dent be­fore the end of the first half.

But they were still good enough to re­duce fur­ther the gap through Ili­cic in the 62nd minute.

In­ter, how­ever, re­mained in com­mand and added a fourth goal through Icardi in added time.

In­ter are now eighth in the stand­ings on 21 points. Fiorentina, who to­gether with Genoa have played a match less, are ninth on 20.

Re­sults

Italy Serie A: Napoli-Sas­suolo 1-1; In­ter Mi­lan-Fiorentina 4-2 Eng­land Cham­pi­onship: Hud­der­s­field­Wi­gan1-2 Italy Serie B: Saler­ni­tana-Pro Ver­celli 1-1 Italy Lega Pro B: Venezia-Padova 1-3 Spain La Liga: Las Pal­mas-Ath. Bil­bao 3-1

Stand­ings

Napoli’s Lorenzo In­signe cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing for his side against Sas­suolo yes­ter­day Photo: AP

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