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Napoli 2-1 Brescia: Mario Balotelli scores for the visitors but Napoli hold on

Dries Mertens
Dries Mertens opened the scoring in Naples with his fourth league goal of the season

Mario Balotelli scored his first Serie A goal for 1,468 days but Napoli hung on to claim a narrow victory over Brescia at Stadio San Paolo.

Dries Mertens opened the scoring with his fourth league goal of the season before Kostas Manolas headed in the second on the stroke of half-time.

Brescia rallied after the break but Sandro Tonali's stunning goal was ruled out by VAR for a foul in the build-up.

Balotelli headed home to set up a tense finale, but Napoli held on.

The 29-year-old last found the net in Italy's top flight on 22 September 2015 in AC Milan's 3-2 win at Udinese, before spells at Nice and Marseille in France.

He returned to Italy to join hometown club Brescia in August on a three-year deal.

The result sees Napoli strengthen their grip on fourth place in Serie A, while Brescia remain 14th.

Carlo Ancelotti's side resume their Champions League campaign at Genk on Wednesday, 2 October (17:55 BST), before Brescia face Sassuolo in Serie A on 4 October (19:45).

Elsewhere in the Italian top flight, Edin Dzeko scored a second-half winner as Roma won 1-0 at Lecce to move a point behind Napoli in fifth.

Goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Stefan Radu, Felipe Caicedo and Ciro Immobile saw Lazio cruise past Genoa 4-0 in the capital to go sixth.

Watford striker Stefano Okaka scored the winner as loan club Udinese beat Bologna 1-0, before the visitors' disappointing afternoon was compounded when Roberto Soriano was sent off in injury time.

And Davide Faraoni's equaliser cancelled out Joao Pedro's opener as Verona drew 1-1 at Cagliari.

Line-ups

Napoli

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Ospina
  • 22Di Lorenzo
  • 44ManolasBooked at 19minsSubstituted forLupertoat 65'minutes
  • 19MaksimovicSubstituted forHysajat 76'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 31Ghoulam
  • 7Callejón
  • 5Allan
  • 8Ruiz
  • 20Zielinski
  • 14Mertens
  • 9LlorenteSubstituted forElmasat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Meret
  • 2Malcuit
  • 6Mário Rui
  • 11Lozano
  • 12Elmas
  • 13Luperto
  • 23Hysaj
  • 24Insigne
  • 27Karnezis
  • 34Younes
  • 70Gaetano
  • 99Milik

Brescia

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Joronen
  • 2SabelliBooked at 33mins
  • 15Cistana
  • 14Chancellor
  • 26MartellaSubstituted forMatejuat 68'minutes
  • 25Bisoli
  • 4Tonali
  • 27DessenaSubstituted forOrestes Caldeiraat 72'minutes
  • 7SpalekSubstituted forMatriat 85'minutes
  • 9Donnarumma
  • 45Balotelli

Substitutes

  • 3Mateju
  • 5Gastaldello
  • 8Zmrhal
  • 18Aye
  • 21Matri
  • 22Alfonso
  • 23Morosini
  • 28Orestes Caldeira
Referee:
Gianluca Manganiello
Attendance:
45,770

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamBrescia
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home20
Away16
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Napoli 2, Brescia 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Napoli 2, Brescia 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eljif Elmas (Napoli) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Dries Mertens following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Ales Mateju.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fabián Ruiz (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Elseid Hysaj.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. José Callejón (Napoli) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Piotr Zielinski.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Brescia. Conceded by Giovanni Di Lorenzo.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Elseid Hysaj (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by José Callejón.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alessandro Matri (Brescia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Brescia. Conceded by Giovanni Di Lorenzo.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alfredo Donnarumma (Brescia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mario Balotelli with a headed pass.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Eljif Elmas (Napoli).

  13. Post update

    Sandro Tonali (Brescia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

  16. Post update

    Andrea Cistana (Brescia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alessandro Matri (Brescia) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stefano Sabelli with a cross.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Brescia. Alessandro Matri replaces Nikolas Spalek.

  19. Post update

    Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ales Mateju (Brescia).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 29th September 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan66001321118
2Juventus6510115616
3Atalanta6411159613
4Napoli64021510512
5Roma6321119211
6Lazio6312114710
7Cagliari631296310
8Torino53028719
9Fiorentina6222111018
10Bologna62227708
11Udinese621335-27
12Parma520357-26
13Sassuolo62041112-16
14Hellas Verona613245-16
15Brescia620479-26
16AC Milan620448-46
17Lecce6204612-66
18Genoa6123713-65
19SPAL6105513-83
20Sampdoria6105414-103
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