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Napoli move top of Serie A after Inter lose first game of season

Napoli move top of Serie A after Inter lose first game of season
From ESPN - December 16, 2017

Napoli took full advantage of Inter Milan's first defeat of the Serie A season to take over at the top.

Udinese called time on Inter's 16-match unbeaten run with Kevin Lasagna, Rodrigo De Paul and Antonin Barak scoring the goals in a 3-1 victory at San Siro.

Lasagna's close-range opener was quickly cancelled out by a well-taken volley by Inter captain Mauro Icardi, whoreached 17 goals on the season.

But a second-half collapse saw De Paul convert a penalty awarded by the video assistant referee, and Barak confirm Udinese's third straight win with his late effortteed up by Jakub Jankto.

Later, Maurizio Sarri's Napoli scented blood and Kalidou Koulibaly, Piotr Zielinski and Marek Hamsik scored in a 3-0 win away to Torino that provided a two-point lead atop the table.

It was a 115th goal for Slovakian midfielder Hamsik, who thus matched Diego Maradona's long-standing record scoring haul for the Naples club.

In addition to re-establishing Napoli as title challengers to be feared, the 3-1 triumph in Turin ended a worrying sequence of toothless performances.

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