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Napoli up to second spot following 3-0 victory over Lecce


Napoli’s Ezequiel Lavezzi, left, is tackled by an unidentified Lecce player during their Italian Serie A match in Naples, Italy, on Saturday.


Napoli moved joint second in Serie A on Saturday following a 3-0 home romp against Lecce to go level on points with Juventus and AC Milan.

Napoli, whose only two scudettos came in the halcyon days of Diego Maradona in 1987 and 1990, bolstered their dreams of having a say in this season’s title race with an early Marek Hamsik penalty, before Slovakian midfielder Michele Pazienza made it 2-0 shortly before the break.

Argentine striker German Denis bagged the third midway through the second half to wrap up the points and take Napoli onto 30 points from 16 games — four ahead of Fiorentina, who have a game in hand.

In Saturday’s other game, Bologna thanked a Marco Di Vaio hat-trick as they whipped Torino 5-2 to end a run of five draws.

Di Vaio moved joint top of the goal charts with Diego Di Milito of Genoa as Bologna exited the drop zone and Torino dropped into the bottom three instead.

Torino were twice in front through Simone Barone and then Ignazio Abate, after substitute Sergio Volpi had equalized.

Di Vaio then bagged his treble — one from the spot — after Marco Bernacci had also got on the scoresheet with another penalty.

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