Napoli keeps rolling with win over Sampdoria

Naples, Italy ( – Napoli extended its unbeaten run across
all competitions to five matches on Sunday with a 4-2 victory over Sampdoria
at the Stadio San Paolo.

Gonzalo Higuain netted a pair of goals, along with tallies from Manolo
Gabbiadini and Lorenzo Insigne as the club kept pace in the race for the
Champions League berths in Serie A.

After advancing to the semifinals of the Europa League with a 6-3 aggregate
victory over Bundesliga side Wolfsburg on Thursday, Rafa Benitez’s men hoped
to get off to a fast start.

But it was the visitors who opened the scoring after 12 minutes through an own
goal credited to Napoli’s Raul Albiol.

The own goal seemed to give Napoli the urgency it needed to kick start the
offense as the hosts responded with an equalizer from Gabbiadini just past the
half-hour mark.

Higuain made it 2-1 just three minutes later and Insigne added a tally two
minutes into then second half to make it 3-1.

Higuain completed his double with a penalty kick nine minutes from time before
Luis Muriel added a second consolation goal for Sampdoria in stoppage time as
Napoli claimed all three points.

Also in the Italian top flight on Sunday, German Denis’ netted a last-gas
equalizer as Atlanta claimed a point in a 2-2 draw with Empoli at the Stadio
Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, while Genoa rolled to a 3-1 win over Cesena.

Luca Toni netted a pair of goals to go with a third tally from Juan Gomez
as Hellas Verona held on to take a 3-2 win over Sassuolo at the Stadio M.A.
Bentegodi, while Miroslav Klose and Alberto Paloschi traded goals as Lazio and
Chievo played to a 1-1 draw.

A 22nd-minute penalty kick from Antonio Nocerino was enough to lift struggling
Parma to a 1-0 win over Palermo, while Matteo Darmian and Fabio Quagliarella
scored in a 2-1 win over Torino over Juventus.

In Sunday’s final fixture, Duje Cop scored on either side of the intermission
and Diego Farias added another goal to lead Cagliari to a comfortable 3-1
result over Fiorentina.