With a 4-0 victory over Lazio at the stadium that now bears Diego Maradona’s name, Napoli put on a show fit for the anniversary of his passing.Before the game, a statue was unveiled, and the players wore shirts with his face on them.
On a night when they sent out a message and climbed three points clear at the Serie A summit, Napoli went on to score three goals in the first half and added a fourth goal late in the game.
The game was open from the start, and il Partenopei gained the lead through Piotr Zielinski, who scored from the outskirts of the area after a superb pass at the seventh minute.
It was two in less than three minutes. Dries Mertens completed an enthralling passing move by gliding inside the area and selecting the bottom corner.
Lorenzo Insigne was on fire, and he didn’t stop moving the entire time.
Both teams had more chances, with Ciro Immobile causing problems for Lazio.
Mertens, who came on for the injured Victor Oshimhen, added a third goal just before the half-hour mark with his best of the night.
When he came short for a pass from Hirving Lozano, he exhibited the presence of mind to expand his body and bend the ball across goal and beyond Pepe Reina.
After the halftime, Lazio failed to provide anything, and despite the home side’s decline, they still produced chances.
Fabian Ruiz scored a fourth goal late in the game, driving low from 25 yards as Napoli regained their winning ways.