Serie A results  – Napoli beat Roma courtesy  of Mertens’ brace; Carlos Bacca’s double sink Chievo

​Roma 1 – 2 SSC Napoli

Sampdoria 3 – 1 Pescara

AC Milan 3 – 1 Chievo Verona

  • ​Roma 1 – 2 SSC Napoli

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.

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.

It was Napoli’s first win over Roma since November 2014.

Defeat for Luciano Spalletti’s side now puts the Scudetto firmly in the hands of defending champions Juventus, who could move 10 points clear when they travel to Udinese on Sunday.

  • AC Milan 3 – 1 Chievo Verona

Colombia forward Carlos Bacca scored twice and also missed a first-half penalty asAC Milan beat Chievo3-1 at the San Siro to move above rivals Inter into sixth place.

The Rossoneri, who were unbeaten in four matches, took the lead on 24 minutes through a deflected effort from Bacca as he cut in from the left.

The Flying Donkeys, who had never won a Serie A game at the San Siro, levelled from a controversial Jonathan De Guzman penalty three minutes before half-time after Mattia De Sciglio was ruled to have pulled back Serge Gakpe.

In stoppage-time, Milan were awarded a spot-kick for handball, but Bacca sent his penalty over the crossbar.

The Colombian, though, was on target with 20 minutes left when he converted from close range following a flick-on from a corner before substitute Gianluca Lapadula wrapped up the points for Milan with a late penalty.

  • Sampdoria 3 – 1 Pescara

Sampdoria beat Pescara3-1 to move back into the top half of the table.

Bruno Fernandes put the hosts ahead on 18 minutes, before Alberto Cerri netted an equaliser from close range.

Fabio Quagliarella headed the Blucerchiati back in front just before the hour mark, and substitute Patrik Schick wrapped things up with a third for the hosts on 68 minutes as the 1,000th match for Dolphins coach Zdenek Zeman ended in defeat.


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