Mertens scores hat trick in Napoli’s 5-1 rout of Empoli

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03 Nov 2018, 03:31 IST
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NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Dries Mertens scored a hat trick and Napoli warmed up for its Champions League match in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain in spectacular trend by routing Empoli 5-1 on Friday.

Napoli prolonged its unbeaten run at dwelling in all competitions to 12 matches.

Lorenzo Insigne and Arkadiusz Milik additionally discovered the online for Napoli, in opposition to an Empoli aspect that was main Juventus 1-Zero at halftime on Saturday earlier than dropping 2-1 to the seven-time defending champion.

Napoli moved again into second place, three factors behind Juventus and three forward of Inter Milan.

On Saturday, Juventus hosts Cagliari, and Inter performs Genoa.

Napoli hosts PSG on Tuesday.

Empoli performs the same fashion to Napoli’s quick-passing sport and that appeared to encourage Napoli.

The final 5 conferences between the golf equipment have produced a complete of 22 targets.

9 minutes in, Insigne completed off a counterattack after being arrange by Kalidou Koulibaly.

Mertens made it 2-Zero earlier than the break after Insigne intercepted a go and arrange the Belgium worldwide for a shot from 20 meters.

Francesco Caputo pulled one again for Empoli close to the hour mark however Mertens shortly responded with a spectacular dipping effort from the sting of the realm.

Mertens then arrange a objective for Milik, and achieved his hat trick in added time, operating onto a wonderfully positioned go from Insigne and evading the goalkeeper earlier than scoring into an empty internet.

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