Mertens ends goal drought as Napoli goes 4 clear in Serie A

Published 11:41 a.m. ET Jan. 21, 2018 | Updated 5:05 p.m. ET Jan. 21, 2018

MILAN (AP) — Napoli appears more and more likely to end Juventus’ stranglehold on the Italian league title.

Serie A resumed on Sunday after a winter break and Maurizio Sarri’s team won 1-0 at Atalanta to extend its lead at the top of the Serie A standings to four points ahead of Juventus. The six-time defending champion hosts Genoa on Monday.

It appears to be turning into a two-horse race after Inter Milan could only draw 1-1 at home to fifth-placed Roma and slipped to fourth. Lazio beat Chievo Verona 5-1 to move third, but is 11 points behind Napoli, albeit with a match in hand.

Napoli had lost three of its last four matches against Atalanta but Dries Mertens ended his goal drought in timely fashion to help his team break that hoodoo.

“We won and I scored, you can’t get better than that,” Mertens said. “It was very important for us, for…

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