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Insigne at the double against Empoli

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Milan (AFP) – Lorenzo Insigne hit a brace as Napoli survived a late fightback by Empoli to claim a 3-2 win on Sunday that moved them up to second in Serie A seven points behind Juventus.

Napoli looked on their way to an easy but maiden win at the Carlo Castellani stadium after Insigne struck twice, once from the spot, and Dries Mertens added a third before half-time.

Insigne at the double against Empoli

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Milan (AFP) – Lorenzo Insigne hit a brace as Napoli survived a late fightback by Empoli to claim a 3-2 win on Sunday that moved them up to second in Serie A seven points behind Juventus.

Napoli looked on their way to an easy but maiden win at the Carlo Castellani stadium after Insigne struck twice, once from the spot, and Dries Mertens added a third before half-time.

Mertens brace conquers Roma, boosts Juventus title bid

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli’s Dries Mertens hit a brace in a thrilling 2-1 win at Roma that prompted Giallorossi coach Luciano Spalletti to virtually concede the Serie A title race to Juventus on Saturday.

“We have to be realistic. For us it’s now almost impossible to catch Juventus,” said Spalletti after a morale-crushing defeat that could leave Roma 10 points adrift in second place if the Turin giants beat Udinese away on Sunday.

Mertens brace conquers Roma, boosts Juventus title bid

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli’s Dries Mertens hit a brace in a thrilling 2-1 win at Roma that prompted Giallorossi coach Luciano Spalletti to virtually concede the Serie A title race to Juventus on Saturday.

“We have to be realistic. For us it’s now almost impossible to catch Juventus,” said Spalletti after a morale-crushing defeat that could leave Roma 10 points adrift in second place if the Turin giants beat Udinese away on Sunday.

Mertens at the double as Napoli conquer Roma

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Milan (AFP) – Makeshift Napoli striker Dries Mertens hit a brace in a thrilling 2-1 win away to Roma that has put Juventus firmly on track for a record sixth consecutive Serie A title.

Belgium midfielder Mertens was given the nod ahead of striker Arkadiusz Milik despite the Poland star’s recent return from a five-month injury lay-off.

Napoli: Dries Mertens And His Wife Dressed As Teammates Lorenzo Insigne And Marek Hamsik For Halloween (Photos)

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Stuck for a decent couple-friendly Halloween costume, Dries Mertens and his wife Katwere forced to get creative earlier in the week.

Indeed, the Belgianforward has revealed that he and his good lady spent the eve of All Hallows dressed as two of his Napoli teammates specficially Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik.

‘Emotional’ Sarri calls for Napoli calm

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) Emotional Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri called for calm after a 4-2 demolition of Benfica on Wednesday put the Italian giants within sight of a coveted place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

"Mentally, this is only a confirmation for us and it will give us a spur. But we have to be mindful that that is all it will give us," Sarri told reporters.

‘Emotional’ Sarri calls for Napoli calm

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) Emotional Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri called for calm after a 4-2 demolition of Benfica on Wednesday put the Italian giants within sight of a coveted place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

"Mentally, this is only a confirmation for us and it will give us a spur. But we have to be mindful that that is all it will give us," Sarri told reporters.

Milik, Mertens star as Napoli outclass Benfica

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Milan (AFP) Arkadiusz Milik struck his third Champions League goal and Dries Mertens hit a brace as Napoli staked an early claim for a place in the last 16 with a 4-2 win against Benfica on Wednesday.

Milik, signed as a replacement for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, headed a brace in a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Dinamo Kiev a fortnight ago to hand coach Maurizio Sarri his maiden win in the competition.

Juventus strong, Roma start well but both Milans need work: 7 Serie A week one talking points

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Napoli thump Bologna to make Juventus wait

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Dries Mertens scored a hat-trick and Manolo Gabbiadini notched a brace as Napoli kept their faint Serie A title hopes alive as Bologna were thrashed 6-0 on Tuesday.

David Lopez rounded off the scoring a minute form time with a fortuitous goal as his prod rebounded off Bologna goalkeeper Antonio Mirante, hit him in the chest and the bounced in.

Napoli thump Bologna to make Juventus wait

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Dries Mertens scored a hat-trick and Manolo Gabbiadini notched a brace as Napoli kept their faint Serie A title hopes alive as Bologna were thrashed 6-0 on Tuesday.

David Lopez rounded off the scoring a minute form time with a fortuitous goal as his prod rebounded off Bologna goalkeeper Antonio Mirante, hit him in the chest and the bounced in.

International break injuries to sideline Napoli’s Dries Mertens and Manolo Gabbiadini

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Title-chasers Napoli are counting the cost of last week's round of international friendlies with fears forwards Dries Mertens and Manolo Gabbiadini will miss their next two league games.

Napoli, who sit two points off leaders Fiorentina, travel to struggling Verona on Sunday looking to maintain their title push before hosting fellow hopefuls Inter in a crucial game at the San Paolo next weekend.

International break injuries to sideline Napoli’s Dries Mertens and Manolo Gabbiadini

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Title-chasers Napoli are counting the cost of last week's round of international friendlies with fears forwards Dries Mertens and Manolo Gabbiadini will miss their next two league games.

Napoli, who sit two points off leaders Fiorentina, travel to struggling Verona on Sunday looking to maintain their title push before hosting fellow hopefuls Inter in a crucial game at the San Paolo next weekend.

Napoli Reject Wolfsburg Offer For Mertens

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Napoli Reject Wolfsburg Offer For Mertens - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Napoli have rejected a substantial offer for winger Dries Mertens from German outfit Wolfsburg, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Volkswagen-owned club made a€30moffer including bonuses for the Belgian international which was turned down by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Muniain, Higuain, Ba… Names of the Champions League – 2014/15 1st leg playoff

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Muniain, Higuain, Ba... Names of the Champions League 2014/15 1st leg playoff is a post from: Just Football

Names of the Champions League is a feature on Just Football looking at the key names after each round of the tournament. With a place in the Champions League proper at stake, let's take a look at the names of the playoff 1st legs:

Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli)

Without his goal Napoli would really have been struggling heading into the second leg against Athletic Bilbao.

Napoli Hellas Verona 5-1 Highlights 2014 Callejon Zapata Mertens Goals Video

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Napoli vs Sampdoria 2-0 Highlights 2014 Dries Mertens Goals Video

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Champions League: Captain Fantástico Sergio Ramos Inspires Real Madrid To Victory Against Napoli (Video)

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Real Madrid progressed to their seventh successive Champions League quarter-final after coming from a goal downto beat Napoli 3-1 in Italy.

The La Liga giants came into the game already 3-1 up from the first leg but had captain Sergio Ramos to thank for yet another inspirational attacking display.

Belgium Broskis Jan Vertonghen & Dries Mertens Go Crowdsurfing At Tomorrowland EDM Festival (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Fittingly taking place in the Belgian town of Boom every summer since 2005, the Tomorrowland festival is pretty much thearmpit of the truly vacuousEuropean dance music scene, with thousands of pisshole-eyed, sweaty-vested, cheek-chewing day-glo ravers swarmingto rural Flanders to mindlesslywomp and woopthe weekendaway.

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Real Madrid oust Napoli to reach Champions League quarters

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Dries Mertens scored at both ends as Real Madrid beat Napoli 3-1 at the San Paolo to cruise into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 6-2 aggregate success.

Belgian Mertens had given Napoli a 24th minute lead to halve the 3-1 deficit they had suffered in the last 16 first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu three weeks ago.

Misfiring Napoli frustrated by Dynamo

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Milan (AFP) Napoli's Champions League last-16 hopes will be decided by a final group showdown away to Benfica after the Italians were held to a frustrating scoreless home draw by Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday.

Napoli, who will need a draw in Portugal, were given extra incentive to seek their last-16 ticket when Benfica, despite racing to a 3-0 lead, were held to a 3-3 draw by Besiktas in Istanbul.

Misfiring Napoli frustrated by Dynamo

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Milan (AFP) Napoli's Champions League last-16 hopes will be decided by a final group showdown away to Benfica after the Italians were held to a frustrating scoreless home draw by Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday.

Napoli, who will need a draw in Portugal, were given extra incentive to seek their last-16 ticket when Benfica, despite racing to a 3-0 lead, were held to a 3-3 draw by Besiktas in Istanbul.

Napoli’s Mertens a happy striker ahead of Dinamo clash

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Milan (AFP) Belgium's Dries Mertens said he's happy to remain Napoli's number one striker against Dinamo Kiev on Wednesday, as long as it helps the Italians secure their ticket for the Champions League last 16.

With Poland striker Milik not due to return from a knee ligament injury until January, Mertens has been pushed in to the centre of Maurizio Sarri's attack and has delivered with impressive results.

Napoli’s Mertens a happy striker ahead of Dinamo clash

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Milan (AFP) Belgium's Dries Mertens said he's happy to remain Napoli's number one striker against Dinamo Kiev on Wednesday, as long as it helps the Italians secure their ticket for the Champions League last 16.

With Poland striker Milik not due to return from a knee ligament injury until January, Mertens has been pushed in to the centre of Maurizio Sarri's attack and has delivered with impressive results.

Hamsik celebrations kept in check by Lazio draw

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Milan (AFP) Marek Hamsik's celebrations at hitting his 50th Napoli goal at the San Paolo were tempered by a 1-1 draw with Lazio in Serie A on Saturday.

Napoli welcomed on-form Lazio looking to bite into their seven-point deficit to leaders Juventus, compounded by their 2-1 defeat to the champions in Turin last week.

Hamsik celebrations kept in check by Lazio draw

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Milan (AFP) Marek Hamsik's celebrations at hitting his 50th Napoli goal at the San Paolo were tempered by a 1-1 draw with Lazio in Serie A on Saturday.

Napoli welcomed on-form Lazio looking to bite into their seven-point deficit to leaders Juventus, compounded by their 2-1 defeat to the champions in Turin last week.

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Recaps & reaction to Union win, USA WC news, league results, more

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Recap roundup from Union's win on Saturday. USA news ahead of Tuesday's big game against Belgium. MLS and NWSL results . More news.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Marouane Fellaini

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After 10 months and 25 games, Belgium's Marouane Fellaini finally found the back of the net again in Belgium's 2-1 victory over Algeria.

After a scoreless campaign with Manchester United, the 26-year-old Belgian netted the equalizing goal in the 70th minute, just five minutes after entering the game as a substitute.

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SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Divock Origi

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Sunday's Group H match between Belgium and Russia was far from entertaining for most of the 90 minutes, but Belgium eventually clinched a spot in the Round of 16 with a 1-0 victory.

After late heroics from Dries Mertens against Algeria, this time it was Divock Origi who played the hero for Belgium.

Belgium Victorious and Brazil held Goalless by Ochoa

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This 2014 World Cup has been full of comebacks, and Belgium was the latest team to complete a comeback victory in their group game against Algeria. After conceding an early penalty scored by Feghouli, Belgium were forced to chase after the result. It was two substitutes who made the difference late on to grab three points.

World Cup Vines: Belgium’s Dries Mertens Shaves Off Dad’s Moustache After Winning World Cup Bet

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What with a bet being a bet and all, Belgium forward Dries Mertens had the honour ofshaving off his Dad's moustache after scoring a goal at the World Cup.

After netting the winner for Belgium against Iran yesterday, Mertens returned to his hotel, clippers in hand, and proceeded to de-forest his old man's top lip filming the whole thing for posterity's sake before chucking it up on Instagram.

Day 6 of the World Cup: Brussels, Belgium

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Landing in Brussels you could feel the World Cup atmosphere. There were flags and signs about the Red Devils everywhere. For a country so divided, it is amazing to see that the power of football can unite it in such a way. Football is one of the only reasons that the country remains united.Belgium is not only a very nice country, but their football team has always been over-performing underdogs.

Belgium 2-1 Algeria: Super-subs Fellaini and Mertens inspire Belgian victory

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Belgium came from behind in their opening World Cup game against a stubborn Algeria in Belo Horizonte, getting their Group H ambitions off to the start they desired. It wasn't made easy by the Algerians, who defended strongly and held their lead for 45 minutes.

Belgium’s Friendly Against Tunisia Halted By Hail Stones The Size Of A Chihuahua’s Head (Photos)

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England's wasn't the only friendly to succumb to "inclement" weather last night, with Belgium's World Cup warm-up against Tunisia also having to be temporarily halted in the24th minute when the stadium was suddenly bombarded by hail stones the size of a chihuahua's head.

Belgium vs Tunisia 2014 Highlights Hail Storm Video 1-0 Dries Mertens Goal Video

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Second Teams: Belgium

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After the U.S., who should you root for in the World Cup? PSP is here to tell you. Today, we kick off a three-week series in which our contributors and guest writers convince try to sell you on their respective favorites. We start with Belgium.

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Napoli Transfers: Internacional reject €18m offer for Leandro Damiao

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Rafael Benitez has been working hard thus far in the transfer market as he is still looking to resolve the Edinson Cavani transfer saga for Napoli before he dives head first into the transfer market. His latest target looks to be a bit harder of a buy than was originally hoped according to Goal.com.

Arsenal Transfers:Gonzalo Higuain continues to near Emirates move

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According to his agent and Goal.com, Real Madrid Argentine striker, Gonzalo Higuain is believed to be inching closer to a move to London English Premier League club Arsenal. The player have been rumored to be heading to the Emirates for the last few weeks, and reports continue to surface that he is soon to be their newest piece of attacking firepower.

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With a win Besiktas could capture the first pace in group B !

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Besiktas's victory in Napoli, has put the Black Eagles within a point of the Group B leaders.

On Tuesday, Besiktas could capture the first place in the group with a win in Istanbul !

In the first competitive meeting between the teams, Besiktas twice let the lead slip before Vincent Aboubakar struck a late winner, his second goal of the game, to secure a 3-2 victory.