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Serie A: Juventus decimates Sassuolo as Napoli stays ahead with win

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Juventus thrashed Sassuolo in the Serie A by 7-0 even as Napoli maintained their one-point lead with a 2-0 win over Benevento.

Alex Sandro opened the scoring after nine minutes as Sassuolo failed to clear a corner and, and despite the visitor’s efforts to get back into the game their spell of possession ended with a Juventus breakaway which culminated with a corner that found Sami Khedira unmaked, allowing the German international freedom to slot in Juve’s second goal.

A clever pass from Miralem Pjanic a couple of minutes later saw Juventus add their third goal and a second for Sami Khedira as they sprung Sassuolo’s offside trap, before Pjanic himself made it 4-0 as he fired home from the edge of the area.

Striker Gonzalo Higuain joined the scorers as he made it five with a shot from the edge of the area at 63 minutes, and beat the offside trap to collect a long ball and rounded the keeper before sliding home with a little over 15 minutes remaining.

Higuain then grabbed his third to complete his hat-trick with eight minutes to go as he latched onto Bernardeschi’s fine pass and lifted the ball over the diving keeper from a narrow angle.

Earlier Benevento, Higuain’s former club Napoli started strongly and got their first goal in 20 minutes when Dries Mertens made a clever turn and chip the ball into the far corner.

The visitors continued to keep up the pressure as Lorenzo Insigne’s lob hitting the woodwork, and their effort bore fruit when Marek Hamsik tucked home from close range early in the second half.

The game also saw VAR came into play as Benevento were given a penalty for a foul in the box, but the Video Assistant Referee spotted an offside in the lead-up and changed the decision.

Maurizio Sarri wary even as Napoli continues to lead Serie A table

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Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri but insists his first-place side have a long way to go in their pursuit of a first Serie A title since 1989-90.

Last season’s second runners-up, Napoli reinforced their title credentials during the weekend with an easy 3-1 victory over Sassuolo 3-1 to go three points clear at the top of the table.

Allan opened the scoring midway through the first half for Sarri’s side before Diego Falcinelli scored an undeserved equaliser in the 41st minute.

However, the Partenopei had little to worry as they restored their advantage on the stroke of half-time with goalkeeper Andrea Consigli parrying a corner into his own net to concede a goal that was attributed to Jose Callejon, before Dries Mertens ensured a 10th win in 11 league games with a second-half strike.

Maurizio Sarri’s side have now won 10 and drawn one of their opening 11 games in the league this season, but the manager is not getting carried despite his team being clear on points on top of the Italian top flight, insisting it will take them more than 90 points to dethrone champions Juventus, who won it last year for the sixth season running.

“Right now, the forecast is a bit improbable. I don’t think the top teams can continue to keep this pace,” Sarri said. “Many smaller team will get new players or they will find their game.”

“Going forward the games will be different, harder. This pace is destined to slow down, not just for us but for any team looking to win the title. The feeling though is that we will need to have more than 90 points to win the championship.”