Serie A Critique: Higuain scores once again as Napoli beat Sampdoria in thriller

Leaders Napoli showed no indicators of slowing down in Serie A, as Fiorentina moved in to the Champions League areas on Sunday.

Gonzalo Higuain was on target again as Serie A leaders Napoli place 10-man Sampdoria to the sword in a 4-2 victory on Sunday.
Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri was accused of using homophobic slurs within a 2-0 Coppa Italia loss to Inter in midweek, but his side made headlines for the ideal motives at Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris.
Higuain opened the scoring for his 21st league objective on the season in addition to a Lorenzo Insigne penalty produced it 2-0 after 18 minutes.
Sampdoria had fought back from 2-0 to draw in August's reverse fixture and Carlos Correa pulled 1 back prior to the break to spark hope of a equivalent revival.
But Mattia Cassani's red just just before the hour halted their comeback and Marek Hamsik and Dries Mertens scored either side of Eder's aim to create it five straight league wins for Sarri's side.
Roberto Mancini was celebrating his 200th league game in charge of Inter, but they have been held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Carpi at San Siro.
Rodrigo Palacio's first Serie A purpose in the campaign place Inter ahead and also a red card for Carpi's Lorenzo Pasciuti with seven minutes remaining seemingly ended the visitors' hopes.
But substitute Kevin Lasagna silenced the house fans with a cool finish in injury time.
Fiorentina subsequently leapfrog Inter into third as Josip Ilicic and Gonzalo Rodriguez scored within a 2-0 win over Torino.
Lazio's league revival continued as they produced it six Serie A games without defeat in a 4-1 battering of Chievo. All 4 ambitions came in the last 24 minutes with Antonio Candreva scoring twice, a late red card for Stefan Radu the only sour note.
Palermo won by exactly the same scoreline at dwelling to Udinese to move six points clear from the relegation zone.
Rock-bottom Verona earned a 1-1 draw with Genoa, even though Sassuolo have been beaten 2-0 at dwelling by Bologna.