Napoli vs Sassuolo – Football Match Report – 30 April 2022
NAPLES, Italy, April 30 (Reuters) – Four goals in the first 21 minutes helped Napoli beat Sassuolo 6-1 on Saturday, a win that saw Luciano Spalletti’s side close the gap on leaders Serie A, AC Milan, four points. .
Two defeats in their last three matches had seen Napoli fall behind Milan as the season drew to a close, making a win over mid-table Sassuolo imperative if Spalletti’s side are to have any chance of securing a first. Scudetto since 1990 this season.
Victory, however, was never in doubt as two headers from a corner kick by defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Victor Osimhen gave the hosts a 2-0 lead within 15 minutes at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
A touch from Hirving Lozano and a fine finish from Dries Mertens made it 4-0 before the clock ran out 21 minutes, with Sassuolo heading for an embarrassing defeat.
It took until the 54th minute for Napoli to add a fifth as Mertens scored his second of the game, Amir Rrahmani firing home the sixth 10 minutes from time to complete the rout.
Maxime Lopez’s late consolation for the visitors didn’t matter as the emphatic victory moved Napoli to 70 points, four behind Milan, who face Fiorentina on Sunday. Sassuolo remains 10th with 46 points. (Reporting by Peter Hall, editing by Pritha Sarkar)