Hat-tricks from Marek Hamsik and Dries Mertens helped a sensational Napoli trounce Bologna 7-1 away from home on Saturday to move to within 3 points of Serie A leaders Juventus.
Napoli enjoyed a lightning commence at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, scoring twice within the very first six minutes thanks to cool finishes from Hamsik and Lorenzo Insigne.
Bologna wasted the chance to pull one back as Pepe Reina saved a Mattia Destro penalty, but they did obtain a boost shortly just after when Jose Callejon – guilty from the handball offence that resulted within the spot-kick – was sent off for kicking out at Adam Nagy.
That numerical advantage didn’t final extended, even though, as Adam Masina was harshly shown a straight red for tripping Mertens when by way of on goal regardless of Vasilis Torosidis also covering, as well as the Belgian swept within the subsequent free-kick.
Torosidis gave Bologna’s chances a slight enhance within the 36th minute with a tap-in, but Mertens scored once more just just before the break, rounding Antonio Mirante in composed style before slotting into an empty net.
The second period was not pretty so frantic, but Napoli continued to appear ruthless in attack – Hamsik finishing his hat-trick with two exquisite finishes in to the top-right corner to create him Napoli’s second-highest goalscorer with 109, six short of Diego Maradona.
Mertens then added their seventh late on, smashing home in emphatic style to secure Napoli’s record away win in Serie A.