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    Who needs Gonzalo Higuain, the record goalscorer in Serie A, when you have Dries Mertens?Mertens' emergence has eased the pain caused by Higuain's departure in the off-season. Not content with bagging a hat trick last weekend, the diminutive forward netted four on Sunday to help Napoli to a 5-3 win over Torino.Mertens completed a hat trick in nine first-half minutes and then saved the best until last - a sublime chip into the far corner in the 80th minute.Napoli leapfrogged above AC Milan into third, a point behind second-place Roma. It can be joined on 34 points by Lazio if the capital team beats Fiorentina later.Higuain transferred to Juventus for an Italian-record 90 million euros ($100 million) after breaking a 66-year-old Serie A record with 36 goals for Napoli last season.Arkadiusz Milik was signed to replace him and scored seven goals in eight matches, but tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing for Poland in October.As a result, Napoli coach Maurizio ... ...
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    Mauro Icardi ended the longest goalscoring drought of his Inter Milan career with two goals that may have saved the job of coach Frank De Boer.Inter had lost three successive Serie A matches and De Boer was reportedly on the verge of being fired but Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Torino has likely given the Dutch manager some respite."It was the most difficult match of my career," De Boer said. "I have always been focused on the Torino match. I don't let myself be influenced by anything."I'm not used to losing three matches in a row. Neither as a footballer nor as a coach. But I have always had great pressure to win."Icardi made a fantastic start to the season, with six goals in seven matches, but had not scored for six games in all competition.The Argentine forward ended that run in the 35th minute, thanks in part to a mistake by England goalkeeper Joe Hart, who is on loan from Manchester City.Icardi beat the offside trap to run onto Antonio Candreva's through ball. Hart rushed out and ... ...
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    The race to become Serie A's top scorer this season is up and running, with Gonzalo Higuain favorite to retain his title.Higuain scored 36 goals last campaign for Napoli to break a 66-year-old Serie A record and could even surpass that mark after his 90 million euro ($99 million) transfer to Juventus.Higuain netted twice in Juventus' 3-0 win at Empoli on Sunday to take his tally to six for the season, after seven rounds. Serie A leader Juventus moved four points clear of Napoli, which fell to a surprise 1-0 defeat at Atalanta.Argentina forward Higuain scored his first in the 67th minute with a powerful shot from outside the area, and doubled his tally three minutes later following a mistake from Empoli defender Marco Zambelli."We've only been together for 40 days, what with the various international breaks," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "Winning matches is the only thing that matters."Higuain scored two goals and had a few other shots. We don't know him yet. Who is more ... ...
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    timesofmalta.com
    SASSUOLO 0 ROMA 2 Egypt midfielder Mohamed Salah scored his first Serie A goal since late October as Roma battled to a 2-0 win at Sassuolo. The Giallorossi had secured a maiden victory for new manger Luciano Spalletti against Frosinone in the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday, and were made to work hard for three points by Eusebio Di Francesco's well-organised side, who missed a late penalty which would have made it 1-1. After seeing an early shot from Nicola Sansone saved by Wojciech Szczesny, Roma went ahead on 11 minutes when Salah, on loan from Chelsea, cut in from the right to dispatch a curling shot past Andrea Consigli. Brazil defender Maicon drilled wide following a counter attack, but the visitors needed a couple of good saves from Szczesny, the on-loan Arsenal keeper, to stay ahead at half-time. Sassuolo, who started the evening in seventh place, five points behind Roma, continued their momentum in the second half as Roma sat back on the lead. Domenico Berardi and Nicola Sansone ... ...
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