Gonzalo Higuain scores twice as Juventus beats Empoli; Napoli falls
MILAN (AP) — The race to become
Higuain scored 36 goals last campaign for Napoli to break a 66-year-old Serie A record and could even surpass that mark after his 90 million euro ($99 million) transfer to Juventus.
Higuain netted twice in Juventus's 3-0 win at
Argentina forward Higuain scored his first in the 67th minute with a powerful shot from outside the area, and doubled his tally three minutes later following a mistake from Empoli defender
"We've only been together for 40 days, what with the various international breaks," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "Winning matches is the only thing that matters.
"Higuain scored two goals and had a few other shots. We don't know him yet. Who is more decisive between him and (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic? I'll tell you at the end of the season."
"I needed to score this goal in the league," Dybala said. "I really needed it, after the goal in Zagreb my drought is over."
Dybala finished a distant second in the scoring charts last season, with 19 goals.
AC Milan forward
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The match in Bergamo was supposed to be about Napoli forwards
The 21-year-old Petagna capitalized on defensive errors in the ninth minute as Papu Gomez's cross sailed over
It was his third goal from as many shots on target this season.
Atalanta could have doubled its lead as
AC MILAN 4, SASSUOLO 3
AC Milan fought back from 3-1 down to 4-3 up in the space of nine minutes in a frantic second half at San Siro.
Former Milan defender Francesco Acerbi and Lorenzo Pellegrini had put Sassuolo seemingly firmly in control with two goals in as many minutes shortly after the interval, after the first half had finished 1-1.
But Bacca reduced the deficit with a penalty and Manuel Locatelli equalized with a stunning long-range strike for his first Serie A goal. Gabriel Paletta headed in what was to prove the winner.
After scoring, Locatelli was in tears as he raced toward where his family were sitting. The 18-year-old broke down again after the match, as he dedicated the goal to his parents and siblings.
"This is for all those who love me and believed in me," said Locatelli, who recently signed a contract extension until 2020. "I can't believe it, it's something that all kids hope for in their life."
Milan coach Vincenzo Montella was sent off at halftime for dissent. His side moved level on points with third-placed Lazio and Chievo Verona, five behind Juventus.
ROMA 2, INTER MILAN 1
Roma moved to 13 points, leapfrogging Inter after a thrilling end-to-end match in the Italian capital.
There were 22 shots on goal in the first half alone, although only Edin Dzeko got on the scoresheet, firing Roma in front in the fifth minute.
Both sides also hit the woodwork before Ever Banega levelled in the 72nd.
However, Roma was back in front just four minutes later when Kostas Manolas' header from a free kick went in after a deflection by Icardi.
The 21-year-old Simeone is the son of current
Crotone, which is in its first ever season in Serie A, looks increasingly likely to go straight back down after its sixth defeat in seven matches, losing 2-1 at
Elsewhere, Bruno Fernandes scored with the last kick of the match to snatch a 1-1 draw for