Slovak Marek Hamsik scored his 116th objective in all competitions on Saturday to overhaul Diego Maradona as Napoli’s all-time file goalscorer and maintain the Serie A leaders prime for Christmas.
Hamsik’s strike earlier than the break ensured a come-from-behind Three-2 win over Sampdoria to offer Napoli 45 factors from 18 video games with second-placed Juventus on 41 forward of their sport in opposition to title rivals AS Roma, in fourth.
But third-placed Inter Milan suffered their second consecutive defeat, falling 1-Zero at Sassuolo, to drop 5 factors behind the leaders.
“The important thing is that we won while suffering, as it’s a victory that counts for even more, because Inter lost today as well,” stated Hamsik.
“It’s practically a six-pointer. We used up a lot of energy to get the game back on track, but fortunately we brought home the result.”
Napoli had been trailing twice within the first half with Gaston Ramirez firing in a freekick after simply two minutes to catch Pepe Reina off guard in objective.
But Allan equalised after 1 / 4 of an hour on the San Paolo stadium just for Fabio Quagliarella to transform a penalty after a foul on Ramirez to revive Sampdoria’s lead after 27 minutes.
Quagliaella virtually had a second shortly after, earlier than Lorenzo Insigne marked his comeback from a groin pressure with a volley on 33 minutes following a Dries Mertens flicked cross.
But it was captain Hamsik who sealed the victory six minutes earlier than the break, once more off a Mertens cross, to overhaul Argentina legend Maradona’s lengthy held mark.
Napoli held on within the second half regardless of being lowered to 10 males following Mario Rui’s sending off, to open up a four-point lead on Juventus earlier than Saturday’s late match.
Hamsik joined Napoli in 2007 as a 20-year-old and is now captain and a stalwart of the aspect hoping to win their first Scudetto for the reason that days of Argentina legend Maradona.
Maradona took simply seven years to attain his 115 targets between 1984 and 1991, serving to the staff to their solely two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990.
“The record is nice and I have already received a gift, my friends made me shin-pads with 116 on them, but my first thought was that we were winning the game after going behind twice,” stated the 30-year-old Slovak.
“I am happy, but I still can’t get my head round this record. I worked hard with my head down to get back to my level. Napoli are doing well and that’s all that matters.”