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(ATT 17,713) 16th February 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: G Calvarese

Sassuolo Sassuolo vs Napoli Napoli

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Napoli 2

B Dzemaili (37)
L Insigne (55)

Napoli win at Sassuolo

Last Updated: 16/02/14 4:43pm

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Napoli celebrate during their victory

Napoli celebrate during their victory

Napoli kept the pressure on second-placed Roma thanks to their third win in a week wtih a 2-0 victory at Sassuolo.

Blerim Dzemaili and Lorenzo Insigne scored the goals for Rafael Benitez's men, who beat AC Milan 3-1 and Roma 3-0 over the past seven days and appear to have hit form ahead of their trip to Swansea in the Europa League on Thursday.

Sassuolo tried to find a route back into the game while Gonzalo Higuain left the field with an injury, giving Benitez some cause for concern, despite Napoli's latest victory.

Benitez fielded his strongest side, resisting the temptation even to rest Higuain in view of Thursday's trip to Wales, showing how much he still wants to clinch second spot in Serie A this season, a position which would earn them a direct place in the group stage of next season's Champions League rather than a place in the play-offs.

It took them a while to impose themselves on the game with Sassuolo showing how they had frustrated the Azzurri in Naples earlier this season.

After half an hour, Higuain wasted the first big chance of the game before Insigne was denied by Gianluca Pegolo.

Napoli finally found a way through in the 37th minute with Dzemaili finding the bottom right-hand corner from the edge of the area.

They doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second half when Paolo Cannavaro stood off Insigne, allowing him to progress into the area before curling a shot into the far corner. It was a gift from the former Napoli defender.

Insigne missed several chances to make it three before Dzemaili hit the crossbar.

Sassuolo tried to find a way back into the game with Simone Zaza twice going close, and they appeared to worry Benitez enough to send on an extra midfielder with Higuain taken out of the firing line after being fouled repeatedly.

He appeared to limp his way back to the bench and Benitez will be hoping he will be fine for Thursday,.

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Table

Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 79
2 Roma 34 64
3 Lazio 34 63
4 Napoli 34 59
5 Fiorentina 34 52
6 Sampdoria 34 51
7 Genoa 34 50
8 Inter Milan 34 49
9 Torino 33 48
10 Palermo 34 43
11 AC Milan 34 43
12 Udinese 34 41
13 Chievo 34 41
14 Verona 34 40
15 Empoli 33 38
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 34 33
18 Cagliari 34 27
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 34 16