Edinson Cavani got three goals as Napoli twice rallied to defeat Lazio 4-3 and go second in Italian soccer’s Serie A.
Stefano Mauri and Andre Dias put Lazio 2-0 up yesterday before the home team leveled through Andrea Dossena and Cavani. Salvatore Aronica’s own goal gave Lazio a 3-2 lead and Cavani then scored twice more to complete the comeback win.
The victory lifted Napoli to 62 points, three behind leader AC Milan, as it seeks a first Italian league championship since Diego Maradona led the club to the 1990 title.
“We try to win every game and to do our best and the points will be counted up at the end of the season,” Cavani told Italy’s Sky Sport. “That’s the right way to behave.”
AC Milan defeated city rival Inter 3-0 two days ago and has 65 points with third-place Inter on 60. Fourth-place Udinese remains on 56 after a 2-0 loss at Lecce yesterday.
In Spain, leader Barcelona won 1-0 at Villarreal two days ago and Real Madrid was upset 1-0 by Sporting Gijon. It was a first home league-match defeat in more than nine years for Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, the last coming when he was at Porto.
Barcelona has 81 points, Madrid 73, Valencia 57 and Villarreal 54.
The game between St. Pauli and Schalke three days ago was abandoned in the 88th minute after an assistant referee was hit by a plastic cup of beer thrown from the crowd. Schalke led 2-0 at the time and is likely to be declared the winner after an inquiry.
Lyon let in two goals in the last four minutes to draw 2-2 at Nice yesterday and miss the chance to go second in France. Kim Kallstrom and Lisandro Lopez gave Lyon a 2-0 half-time lead. Eric Mouloungui got a 90th-minute penalty for Nice and Renato Civelli made it 2-2 in the third minute of injury time.
Marseille won 1-0 at Lens last night to move into second spot with 54 points, four behind leader Lille.
In the Netherlands, FC Twente beat PSV Eindhoven 2-0 to take top spot on 63 points. PSV has 61 and Ajax 58 after a 3-0 win over Heracles Almelo.
WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Italy: Brescia 3-1 Bologna; AC Milan 3-0 Inter Milan; Napoli 4-3 Lazio; Catania 4-0 Palermo; Cesena 2-2 Fiorentina; Chievo 0-0 Sampdoria; Genoa 0-1 Cagliari; Lecce 2-0 Udinese; Parma 1-2 Bari; Roma 0-2 Juventus.
Spain: Real Madrid 0-1 Sporting Gijon; Getafe 2-4 Valencia; Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona; Real Sociedad 1-3 Hercules; Espanyol 1-2 Racing Santander; Levante 3-1 Malaga; Deportivo La Coruna 2- 1 Real Mallorca; Sevilla 3-1 Real Zaragoza; Osasuna 2-3 Atletico Madrid. April 4: Almeria v Athletic Bilbao.
Germany: St. Pauli v Schalke (abandoned); Bayern Munich 1-0 Borussia Moenchengladbach; Werder Bremen 1-1 Stuttgart; Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Hanover; Mainz 1-1 Freiburg; Kaiserslautern 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen; Hoffenheim 0-0 Hamburg; Cologne 1-0 Nuremberg; Wolfsburg 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt.
France: Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 Lorient; Rennes 0-0 Auxerre; Nancy 0-0 Bordeaux; Sochaux 2-1 Brest; Lille 3-1 Caen; Arles- Avignon 0-2 Monaco; Toulouse 0-1 Montpellier; Saint-Etienne 1-1 Valenciennes; Nice 2-2 Lyon; Lens 0-1 Marseille.
Netherlands: FC Twente 2-0 PSV Eindhoven; Heerenveen 2-3 Excelsior; Willem II 4-5 Roda JC; De Graafschap 1-3 NAC Breda; Feyenoord 0-1 AZ Alkmaar; FC Utrecht 2-3 Den Haag; Vitesse Arnhem 2-1 NEC Nijmegen; Ajax 3-0 Heracles Almelo; FC Groningen 3-2 VVV-Venlo.
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