Napoli's Marek Hamsik, centre, scores the opening goal during the Italian Serie A match against Lazio at San Paolo in Naples, Italy, November 5, 2016. Ciro Fusco / EPA
Napoli's Marek Hamsik, centre, scores the opening goal during the Italian Serie A match against Lazio at San Paolo in Naples, Italy, November 5, 2016. Ciro Fusco / EPA

Serie A round-up: Marek Hamsik celebrations for Napoli kept in check by Lazio draw



MILAN // Marek Hamsik's celebrations at hitting his 50th Napoli goal at the San Paolo were tempered by a 1-1 draw with Lazio in Serie A on Saturday.

Napoli welcomed on-form Lazio looking to bite into their seven-point deficit to leaders Juventus, compounded by their 2-1 defeat to the champions in Turin last week.

But despite thrilling fans with a dominant first-half display that saw Belgian international Dries Mertens notably miss a series of chances, Maurizio Sarri’s men are in danger of trailing Juventus by nine points if the Serie A leaders beat Chievo in Verona on Sunday.

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Hamsik was hitting only his third goal of the campaign but his 103rd in Napoli colours, as he chases Diego Maradona’s club record of 115.

But he lamented to Premium Sport: “We played well and created a lot. It’s a shame we conceded the goal but we have to keep on working to get better.

“We have to get a decent run of wins under our belt to stay near the top of the table.”

After Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne came close before the break, Hamsik eventually broke the deadlock with a well-taken strike from Faouzi Ghoulam’s delivery, beating Federico Marchetti in the Lazio net seven minutes after the restart.

But the hosts’ earlier misses returned to haunt them when Keita Balde levelled less than two minutes later.

A blunder by Marco Parolo in the area saw Senegal striker Keita pounce and control well on the right side of the box before beating Pepe Reina from close range.

Napoli should have added to their tally, but the ball stayed out.

Sarri said: “My big regret is the team is possibly playing probably their best football since I’ve been here, but not reaping the rewards.”

On the hour Hamsik ran on to Mertens’s flick in the area but was dispossessed at the last moment.

From the resulting corner Insigne’s header appeared to come off the arms of Parolo then Immobile but there was no call.

Insigne skewed wide before being replaced by Manolo Gabbiadini, who just failed to reach Mertens’s long threaded ball down the middle and saw claims for a penalty waved away when he fell under a challenge inside the area.

Napoli remain in fifth, with Lazio a point ahead in fourth after claiming a valuable third draw in a seven-game unbeaten streak that stretches back to a 2-0 defeat to AC Milan on September 20.

Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi had adopted a more disciplined 3-5-2 formation and said: “Napoli are a difficult team to face, they have great movement off the ball and it’s hard to cover.

“But we played the game we had to, it’s a good point for us.”

Earlier, England goalkeeper Joe Hart narrowly avoided a goal-line howler as a Andrea Belotti double inspired a rampant Torino to a 5-1 win over Cagliari that took their goals tally to a league-leading 27.

“It’s our best game of the season so far. The lads were great, they played with a boxer’s spirit,” Torino manager Sinisa Mihajlovic told Sky Sport.

“At the end of the first half we took our foot off the pedal, and conceded another headed goal.

“But we have the best attack in Serie A, and we’re playing some nice football.”

Hart was rarely troubled, although the Englishman fumbled a Gianni Munari shot that went over his head and, after bouncing behind him, came dangerously close to going over the line before he plucked it to safety.

Goal-line technology declared no goal and Torino went on to take a 3-1 lead into half time.

Hart was then beaten fairly and squarely when Federico Melchiorri rose to send a powerful header past the goalkeeper’s hand and inside the near post.

But Daniele Baselli stretched the hosts’ lead six minutes after the restart, and when Belotti won a penalty on the hour he stepped up to beat Storari for the second time.

Cagliari’s Daniele Dessena was issued a straight red card for protesting the penalty call, having grabbed the referee’s arm after he had raised it to caution Diego Farias for the foul.

RESULTS

Saturday

• Torino 5 Cagliari 1

• Napoli 1 Lazio 1

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Sunday (all times UAE)

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• Chievo v Juventus, 6pm

• Genoa v Udinese, 6pm

• Palermo v AC Milan, 6pm

• Sassuolo v Atalanta, 6pm

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• Inter v Crotone, 9pm

• Roma v Bologna, 11.45pm

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