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Napoli triumph on Kaká's landmark Milan day

Published: Monday 6 January 2014, 20.48CET
Dries Mertens struck twice in nine second-half minutes as SSC Napoli edged UC Sampdoria 2-0 on a day when playmaker Kaká completed a century of goals for AC Milan.

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Published: Monday 6 January 2014, 20.48CET

Napoli triumph on Kaká's landmark Milan day

Dries Mertens struck twice in nine second-half minutes as SSC Napoli edged UC Sampdoria 2-0 on a day when playmaker Kaká completed a century of goals for AC Milan.

SSC Napoli returned to Serie A action with a 2-0 defeat of UC Sampdoria on a day when Kaká registered his 100th goal for AC Milan. 

Two quickfire strikes from Dries Mertens steered Rafael Benítez's side to only their third win in seven league outings. The Belgium winger broke the deadlock in Naples eight minutes after half-time by turning in Gonzalo Higuaín's pinpoint centre and found the net again with a crisp free-kick. The result moves Napoli to within two points of second-placed AS Roma and three clear of ACF Fiorentina in fourth.

Playmaker Kaká also struck twice and surpassed a century of goals for Milan in their commanding 3-0 home victory against Atalanta BC. Teenager Bryan Cristante completed the formalities at San Siro as the Rossoneri arrested a sequence of three games without success. High-flying Hellas Verona FC kept up their momentum, meanwhile, sweeping aside hosts Udinese Calcio 3-1 to climb into fifth.

Parma FC prevailed by the same scoreline at home to Torino FC, with forward Amauri ending a run of 13 Serie A matches without a goal, while Calcio Catania and Genoa CFC both triumphed 2-0, against Bologna FC and US Sassuolo Calcio respectively.

In the late kick-off, Miroslav Klose's goal nine minutes from time was enough to earn SS Lazio a 1-0 win at home to FC Internazionale Milano that lifts them into the top half of the table. 

Last updated: 07/01/14 12.01CET

Results

Italian Serie A 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 06/01/2014 20:24 CET

06/01/2014

LazioLazio1-0InternazionaleInternazionale

Klose 81

Venue: Roma

06/01/2014

CataniaCatania2-0BolognaBologna

Bergessio 23, Lodi 66 (P)

Venue: Catania

06/01/2014

GenoaGenoa2-0SassuoloSassuolo

Gilardino 28 (P), Bertolacci 45

Venue: Genova

06/01/2014

MilanMilan3-0AtalantaAtalanta

Kaká 35, 65, Cristante 67

Venue: Milano

06/01/2014

ParmaParma3-1TorinoTorino

Marchionni 34, Lucarelli 44, Amauri 70

Immobile 21

Venue: Parma

06/01/2014

UdineseUdinese1-3VeronaVerona

Pereyra 43

Toni 8, 39, Iturbe 70

Venue: Udine

06/01/2014

NapoliNapoli2-0SampdoriaSampdoria

Mertens 53, 62

Venue: Napoli

05/01/2014

JuventusJuventus3-0RomaRoma

Vidal 17, Bonucci 48, Vučinić 77 (P)

Venue: Torino

05/01/2014

FiorentinaFiorentina1-0LivornoLivorno

Gonzalo Rodríguez 66

Venue: Firenze

05/01/2014

ChievoChievo0-0CagliariCagliari

Venue: Verona

Standings

Last updated: 06/01/2014 20:24 CET

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