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Napoli maintain perfect start as Juventus held

Napoli maintain perfect start as Juventus held
By Reuters

01/10/2017 at 15:42Updated 01/10/2017 at 22:36

Napoli continued their 100 percent start to the season and stretched their lead at the top of Serie A to two points with a 3-0 win over Cagliari at the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday

Marek Hamsik handed the hosts an early lead by scoring his first goal of the campaign with a low, angled shot in the fourth minute.

Top-scorer Dries Mertens then netted his ninth goal in all competitions this season by slotting home from the penalty spot five minutes before the interval.

Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Pepe Reina players of SSC Napoli celebrate the victory after the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio San Paolo on October 1, 2017 in Naples, Italy.

Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Pepe Reina players of SSC Napoli celebrate the victory after the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio San Paolo on October 1, 2017 in Naples, Italy.Getty Images

Kalidou Koulibaly rounded off the win by finishing from close range two minutes into the second period. Napoli have now netted 33 goals in all competitions this season. c

Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Pepe Reina players of SSC Napoli celebrate the victory after the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio San Paolo on October 1, 2017 in Naples, Italy.

Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Pepe Reina players of SSC Napoli celebrate the victory after the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio San Paolo on October 1, 2017 in Naples, Italy.Getty Images

Second-placed Juventus had started the day on the same number of points as Napoli but lost their perfect Serie A record when they were held to a 2-2 draw away at Atalanta.

Federico Bernardeschi and Gonzalo Higuain put the champions 2-0 up inside 24 minutes, but Mattia Caldara and Bryan Cristante scored either side of the interval to earn the hosts a point.

Massimiliano Allegri's side have been joined on 19 points by Inter Milan, who defeated Benevento 2-1 away thanks to a Marcelo Brozovic double.

Juventus FC coach Massimiliano Allegri looks on before the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and Juventus at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on October 1, 2017 in Bergamo, Italy.

Juventus FC coach Massimiliano Allegri looks on before the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and Juventus at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on October 1, 2017 in Bergamo, Italy.Getty Images

Juventus retain second place in the table thanks to a superior goal difference.

Lazio will go into the international break in fourth place, five points adrift of Napoli, after beating Sassuolo 6-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.

Luis Alberto and Marco Parolo both scored braces for Simone Inzaghi's side, while Stefan de Vrij and Ciro Immobile completed the rout.

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