September 2, 2018 / 8:39 PM / 2 months ago

Soccer-Napoli humbled at Sampdoria after Ancelotti tinkers

MILAN, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Serie A title hopefuls Napoli were thumped 3-0 at Sampdoria on Sunday after coach Carlo Ancelotti tinkered with the team, dropping captain Marek Hamsik and forward Jose Callejon.

Gregoire Defrel scored two first-half goals to put Sampdoria command and, although Napoli improved after the break, Fabio Quagliarella added a third with an outrageous flick in the 75th minute.

A low cross was sent into the area and the 35-year-old forward, at the near post, diverted it into the net with the back of his heel.

Last season’s runners-up Napoli, who came from behind to win each of their first two games, have six points from three matches.

Ancelotti’s predecessor Maurizio Sarri was publicly criticised by club president Aurelio De Laurentiis last season for failing to rotate the team. (Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Ed Osmond)

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