Serie A

High-flying Napoli knocks off Catania

Jose Maia Callejon scored Napoli's opening goal against Catania.
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Napoli kept the pressure on Serie A leader Roma with a 2-1 win at home to Catania.

Juventus and Napoli are provisionally two points behind Roma, which has won all of its matches and travels to Torino on Sunday.

Catania had not won in Naples since 1960-61 and Jose Maria Callejon gave Napoli the lead in the 15th minute with another stunning strike, curling the ball into the top corner from 20 yards.

Napoli doubled its lead five minutes later when Lorenzon Insigne rolled the ball across the outside of the penalty area for Marek Hamsik to hit first time into the top left corner.

Catania had not scored since Luigi De Canio replaced Rolando Maran as coach nearly two weeks ago, but it got back into the game in the 25th minute when Lucas Castro turned in Maxi Lopez's cross.

Next up for Napoli is Wednesday's Champions League match at home to Marseille.

''It was an important win but we suffered a lot,'' Gonzalo Higuain said. ''Catania's goal put us a bit in difficulty. These three points are good for our league position. Now we'll think about the Champions League.''

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