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Serie A tit-for-tat continues as Napoli go back on top

Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne celebrates after the match.

Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne celebrates after the match.

Napoli continued their tit-for-tat battle with Juventus at the top of Serie A when they hit back to beat Lazio 4-1 on Saturday and return to the top of the table with their eighth league win in a row.

Napoli, who have 63 points from 24 games, moved one ahead of champions Juventus who briefly went top after beating Fiorentina 2-0 on Friday and have also won their last eight league games.

The pattern was the same as the previous two weekends when Juventus played first, won and went top only to be pulled back by their rivals.

Juventus will also play first for the next four rounds of matches, a situation which has drawn complaints from Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri.

Third-placed Lazio dropped 16 points behind the leading pair after failing to capitalise on a flying start when defender Stefan de Vrij got between the Napoli defence to nudge Ciro Immobile's cross past Pepe Reina in the third minute.

The visitors looked dangerous until Jose Callejon sprung the offside trap to latch on to Jorginho's inspired through ball and fire past Thomas Strakosha to level two minutes before halftime.

Sarri was sent off for dissent shortly afterwards but his side ran riot in the second half.

Lazio defender Wallace put through his own goal before Mario Rui scored with a shot which deflected off Piotr Zielinski two minutes later and Dries Mertens added the fourth to repeat the scoreline in their previous meeting of the season.

 

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