Napoli win cements third

  • Last Updated: May 7 2014, 8:31 BST

A review of Tuesday night's action in the Italian Serie A as Napoli and Sassuolo recorded victories.

Gonzalo Higuain and Goran Pandev of Napoli
Gonzalo Higuain and Goran Pandev of Napoli

Coppa Italia winners Napoli guaranteed themselves the third and final Champions League qualifying spot on Tuesday with a comfortable 3-0 triumph over 10-man Cagliari.

Dries Mertens put Napoli ahead from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute before Goran Pandev made it 2-0 before half-time.

Cagliari had goalkeeper Marco Silvestri sent off for a red card in the 54th minute after he brought down Pandev inside the area.

Pandev saw his resulting penalty denied by the crossbar before Blerim Dzemaili put the game beyond Cagliari's reach in the 57th minute.

The win has lifted Napoli 11 points clear of nearest rivals Fiorentina with two games remaining.

Cagliari, who had won their previous two league games, have dropped to 15th place.

Domenico Berardi scored a first-half hat-trick as Sassuolo edged Fiorentina to boost their Serie A survival hopes.

With the Italian forward in top form, Sassuolo ran out 4-3 winners in Florence.

Berardi opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute and he added his second 11 minutes later.

The 19-year-old completed his hat-trick three minutes before the interval.

Gonzalo Rodriguez scored Fiorentina's first from the penalty spot in the 57th minute before Nicola Sansone extended Sassuolo's lead back to three goals shortly after.

Strikes from substitute Giuseppe Rossi and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado pulled Fiorentina back to 4-3 just 15 minutes from the end but the hosts could not find the equaliser.

The victory has lifted Sassuolo out of the relegation zone and into 16th place, two points clear of danger with two games remaining.

Fiorentina are fourth in the standings, four points above Inter Milan.

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