Napoli bounces back to beat Verona 3-0 despite Higuain ban
MILAN (AP) Napoli bounced back from a week of turmoil to beat 10-man Hellas Verona 3-0 in Serie A and restore some much-needed confidence to the team.
A shock 3-1 defeat at Udinese last weekend saw Napoli fall six points behind league leader Juventus and left it without coach Maurizio Sarri and star striker Gonzalo Higuain for this match as the pair sat out bans.
Sarri will return to the bench next week while Higuain is awaiting the outcome of an appeal against his four-match ban.
Higuain's replacement, Manolo Gabbiadini, opened the scoring and Lorenzo Insigne doubled Napoli's lead from the penalty spot after Samuel Souprayen was sent off in first-half stoppage time.
Both also hit the post early.
Jose Callejon sealed the win for Napoli.
Earlier, Fiorentina lost 2-0 at Empoli.