Sunday European Rewind: Napoli edges Lazio, Lukaku lifts Everton past Leicester, and more

Sunday European Rewind: Napoli edges Lazio, Lukaku lifts Everton past Leicester, and more

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Sunday European Rewind: Napoli edges Lazio, Lukaku lifts Everton past Leicester, and more

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Napoli showed a short memory on Sunday, defeating Lazio at the Olimpico Stadium, 3-0, in a top-four Serie A showdown.

Maurizio Sarri’s side were ousted from the Coppa Italia semifinals earlier this week, but cruised against a top side in league play. Jose Callejon’s 25th-minute opener had the visitors up 1-0, a lead which they would take into halftime.

Lorenzo Insigne’s right-footed effort in the 51st-minute added to Napoli’s lead, as the Italian slotted home Allan’s assist. Insigne’s 12th league goal of the season was some late insurance for Napoli as the forward netted his second of the day in stoppage-time. Napoli is now five matches unbeaten in all competitions, extending their lead to seven points over their opponents.

Elsewhere in Europe, Everton bounced back from an early deficit against Leicester City, while Manchester United rolled past Sunderland. Eibar defeated Celta Vigo in the must-watch match in Spain, while Hertha Berlin topped Augsburg in Germany. In Serie A action, Inter Milan suffered a shocking loss at Crotone while Sampdoria shared the points with Fiorentina. PSG cruised past Guingamp in France’s last match of the day.

Here is a rundown of all of Sunday’s European action:

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Everton used a brace from leading-scorer Romelu Lukaku to defeat Leicester City, 4-2, at Goodison Park on Sunday. Tom Davies netted Everton’s opener after 31 seconds, slotting past Kasper Schmeichel for a 1-0 Toffees lead. However, the lead only last nine minutes as Islam Slimani equalized for Leicester three minutes laterbefore Marc Albrighton’s cross shocked Joel Robles and found the back of the net. Lukaku’s first goal of the match came in the 23rd-minute, as the Belgian headed home Ross Barkley’s cross. Phil Jagielka put Everton ahead, 3-2, just before halftime, heading home his second goal in a week. Lukaku iced the score at 4-2 in the 57th minute, finishing this time with a right-footed finish. Ronald Koeman’s side remains in seventh, while Leicester sit in 11th.

Manchester United claimed all three points at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, easing past Sunderland, 3-0. Marcus Rashford’s 89th-minute finish capped a great day for Jose Mourinho’s side who looked dominant from the opening whistle. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s 46th minute goal doubled United’s lead to 2-0 early in the second-half. The Black Cats were reduced to 10-men right before halftime as Sebastian Larsson saw straight red for a challenge on Ander Herrera. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 17th league strike of the season, proved to be the match-winner at the half-hour mark. United jump to fifth place for now, but could drop back down if Arsenal is victorious on Monday. Sunderland sits 10 points from safety, and look likely to be relegated.

Sunderland 0 – Manchester United 3

Everton 4 – Leicester City 2

Crystal Palace host Arsenal on Monday in the final match of Round 32.

SPANISH LA LIGA

Eibar jumped to sixth place in La Liga on Sunday after a 2-0 road win at Celta Vigo. The visitors used a 13th minute opening goal from Kike to open the scoring in the first half. Pedro Leon’s long-range finish in the 51st minute made it 2-0 to the visitors, who held on for the three points. Celta Vigo’s Jozabed came the closest to scoring after seeing his long-range effort hit the left post. Celta Vigo dropped their second match in a row, which keeps them sitting in 10th place. Eibar has now won three in a row, and are unbeaten in their last five overall.

Last-place Osasuna made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season, defeating Leganes, 2-1, at the Reyno de Navarra. Despite going down 1-0 after 16 minutes, the hosts used a brace from striker Sergio Leon to fight back for three points. Leon’s 36th minute penalty kick leveled the score at 1-1 before halftime. Leon’s 71st minute finish proved to be the winner which was his 10th goal of the season. 17th-place Leganes dropped their second match in a row, while Osasuna remain 10 points from safety.

Here are all of Sunday’s La Liga results:

Granada 1 – Valencia 3

Celta Vigo 0 – Eibar 2

Osasuna 2 – Leganes 1

Las Palmas 4 – Real Betis 1

Real Sociedad host Sporting Gijon on Monday in the final match of Round 31.

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Hertha Berlin snapped a three-match losing streak on Sunday, defeating Augsburg, 2-0, at the Olympiastadion. A 12th minute header from American international John Brooks proved to be the match-winner, as the defender headed home following a corner kick. Valentin Stocker doubled Berlin’s advantage in the 37th-minute, finishing off Salomon Kalou’s assist. Augsburg’s Marwin Hitz made six saves in the defeat, which was the visitors third consecutive Bundesliga loss. Berlin move back up fifth-place, while Augsburg remain in 16th.

Ingolstadt made it three consecutive victories after holding off Darmstadt, 3-2, at Audi Sportpark. Markus Suttner’s 72nd minute free kick put the hosts back ahead for a lead they wouldn’t lose. Almog Cohen leveled the score at 2-2 four minutes prior from a left-footed finish. Despite having a 1-0 lead after 19 minutes, Ingolstadt were down, 2-1, at halftime after Darmstadt’s Mario Vrancic netted a five-minute brace just after the half-hour mark. Tempers flared late as both teams saw a man sent off in the 87th-minute. Romain Bregerie saw a straight red for violent conduct after being fouled by Antonio-Mirko Colak, who earned a second yellow for the tackle. Ingolstadt sits in 17th while their opponents remain 13 points off in last.

Hertha Berlin 2 – Augsburg 0

Ingolstadt 3 – SV Darmstadt 2

ITALIAN SERIE A

In the early match of the day, Fiorentina earned a late point at Sampdoria thanks to an 89th minute goal from Khouma Babacar. The striker’s long-range finish pegged Sampdoria back for the second time in the match, which saw both teams leave with a point. Bruno Fernandes’ fifth-minute strike gave the hosts a 1-0 lead which they took into halftime. Gonzalo Rodriguez’s equalizing header at the hour mark made it 1-1. Ricardo Alvarez’s first league goal of the season put the hosts back ahead in the 71st-minute but Babacar’s seventh goal of the season came at the best time for Fiorentina, who are now unbeaten in their last six matches. Sampdoria remains in ninth, while Fiorentina is a place higher.

Roma made it six consecutive victories across all competitions after a 3-0 win at Bologna. Federico Fazio’s 25th minute finish opened the scoring for the visitors following a corner-kick. Mohamed Salah doubled Roma’s advantage to 2-0 in the 41st-minute, finishing off Edin Dzeko’s assist. Dzeko’s 24th league goal of the season stamped the final score at 3-0. Bologna remains in 14th, while Roma sits six points behind leaders Juventus.

A brace from Diego Falcinelli propelled Crotone to an impressive 2-1 home win over Inter Milan. The 25-year-old’s first contribution came in the 18th-minute as he slotted home from the penalty spot. Crotone’s lead was doubled to 2-0 just four minutes later as Falcinelli’s 11th goal of the season was rifled into the top-right corner. Danilo D’Ambrosio cut the lead in half for Inter Milan in the 69th-minute, netting his third goal of the season. However, the hosts would hang on for their first victory over a top-half side this season. Inter drops to seventh place, while Crotone is three points from safety.

Here are all of Sunday’s Serie A results:

Sampdoria 2 – Fiorentina 2

Bologna 0 – Roma 3

Cagliari 2 – Torino 3

Crotone 2 – Inter Milan 1

A.C. Milan 4 – Palermo 0

Udinese 3 – Genoa 0

Lazio 0 – Napoli 3

FRENCH LIGUE 1

After being held for a half, Paris Saint-Germain turned it on in the final 45 minutes as they defeated Guingamp, 4-0, at the Parc des Princes. Angel Di Maria’s 56th-minute finish made it 1-0 to Unai Emery’s side before Edinson Cavani made it 2-0 just four minutes later. Cavani’s second goal of the match extended the hosts lead to 3-0 in the 70th before Blaise Matuidi added an insurance goal in stoppage-time. Guingamp saw their four shots on goal saved by Kevin Trapp, who earned his first clean sheet since March 4. PSG jumps back to second place, remaining three points behind leaders Monaco. Guingamp drops to 10th place after suffering their second consecutive road defeat.

Saint-Etienne made it three draws in their last four matches after fighting back for a point against Nantes on Sunday. A 70th-minute equalizer from Benjamin Corgnet leveled the score at 1-1 after the hosts were down for most of the match. Prejuce Nakoulma’s fifth goal of the season had Nantes up, 1-0, from the 15th-minute on. Nantes now sits two places behind their opponents, but are unbeaten in their last four matches.

Here are all of Sunday’s Ligue 1 results:

Toulouse 0 – Marseille 0

Saint-Etienne 1 – Nantes 1

Paris Saint-Germain 4 – Guingamp 0

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