Lazio send title signals

September 21, 2017
Napoli's Jose Callejon, left, celebrates with his teammate Dries Mertens after scoring during a Serie A match between Lazio and Napoli, at the Rome Olympic stadium yesterday.

ROME, Italy (AP):

With a three-goal burst in the space of five minutes, Napoli showed why many believe the southern club has the potential to win its first Serie A title in nearly three decades.

Overturning an early deficit, Kalidou Koulibaly, Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens scored early in the second half of a 4-1 win over Lazio yesterday to extend Napoli's perfect record.

While six-time defending champion Juventus also remained perfect with an unimpressive 1-0 win over 10-man Fiorentina, Napoli top the table on goal difference.


Defensive lapse


Ciro Immobile set up Stefan de Vrij for Lazio's opener as Napoli appeared in difficulty at the Stadio Olimpico.

But one defensive lapse was all the visitors needed to level.

Raul Albiol was left unmarked at the far post for a corner and while his shot was parried by Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, Koulibaly put in the rebound.

Callejon then found the target with an angled shot from inside the area and Mertens rounded out the rapid-fire scoring with a long-distance lob after Strakosha was drawn out of position.

Lorenzo Insigne nearly added another, but his effort hit the post a few minutes later.

Jorginho added a penalty for Napoli in added time.

"I wasn't worried at halftime. The team was doing well, but so was Lazio and they went ahead on one of the few chances conceded," Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri said. "The lads did well in the second half. We turned things around.

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