Italian Serie A
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Roma 1-2 Napoli

Dries Mertens
Dries Mertens has scored 18 Serie A goals this season - one behind the three joint top scorers

Napoli boosted their automatic Champions League qualification hopes by beating Roma in a game which leaves Juventus a step closer to the Serie A title.

Dries Mertens' double for Napoli has taken them to within two points of second-placed Roma, while Juventus will move 10 points clear if they beat Udinese on Sunday (14:00 GMT).

Belgium attacker Mertens dinked home Marek Hamsik's through ball to open the scoring and converted Lorenzo Insigne's pass to make it 2-0.

Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi was fortunate not to be sent off when he kicked keeper Pepe Reina. Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri was dismissed for his protests.

Kevin Strootman scored late on for Roma, and Diego Perotti almost levelled in injury time with Reina producing a magnificent save to deny him.

Line-ups

Roma

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Szczesny
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 44ManolasBooked at 45mins
  • 20FazioSubstituted forda Silva Peresat 52'minutes
  • 3Nunes Jesus
  • 6Strootman
  • 16De RossiBooked at 65minsSubstituted forParedesat 79'minutes
  • 8PerottiBooked at 90mins
  • 4Nainggolan
  • 92El ShaarawySubstituted forSalahat 52'minutes
  • 9Dzeko

Substitutes

  • 5Paredes
  • 7Grenier
  • 10Totti
  • 11Salah
  • 13da Silva Peres
  • 15Vermaelen
  • 18Lobont
  • 19Alisson
  • 21Mário Rui
  • 30Santos da Silva
  • 33Emerson

Napoli

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25Reina
  • 2Hysaj
  • 33Albiol
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 31GhoulamBooked at 83mins
  • 30RogBooked at 17mins
  • 8JorginhoSubstituted forDiawaraat 66'minutes
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forMilikat 79'minutes
  • 7Callejón
  • 14MertensSubstituted forZielinskiat 74'minutes
  • 24Insigne

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 3Strinic
  • 4Giaccherini
  • 5Allan
  • 11Maggio
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 20Zielinski
  • 21Chiriches
  • 22Sepe
  • 32Pavoletti
  • 42Diawara
  • 99Milik
Referee:
Luca Banti
Attendance:
30,909

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home22
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Roma 1, Napoli 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Roma 1, Napoli 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Roma) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Diego Perotti with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by Amadou Diawara.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Napoli. Marko Rog tries a through ball, but Arkadiusz Milik is caught offside.

  6. Booking

    Diego Perotti (Roma) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Diego Perotti (Roma) has gone down, but that's a dive.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by José Reina.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Diego Perotti (Roma) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Antonio Rüdiger.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Diego Perotti (Roma) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Radja Nainggolan.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Juan Jesus.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Roma 1, Napoli 2. Kevin Strootman (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diego Perotti.

  14. Post update

    Leandro Paredes (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by José Callejón (Napoli).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by Lorenzo Insigne.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Leandro Paredes (Roma).

  18. Post update

    José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

  20. Post update

    Marko Rog (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 4th March 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus26220455173866
2Roma27192658253359
3Napoli27176462303257
4Atalanta26163742261651
5Lazio26155645291650
6AC Milan27155740301050
7Inter Milan26153841271448
8Fiorentina2611874437741
9Sampdoria2710893433138
10Torino269984842636
11Chievo27105122937-835
12Cagliari2694133552-1731
13Sassuolo2693143542-730
14Udinese2685132835-729
15Bologna2677122439-1528
16Genoa2668122841-1326
17Empoli2657141537-2222
18Palermo2636172250-2815
19Crotone2634192145-2413
20Pescara2726192860-3212
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