September 23, 2017 / 6:42 PM / 2 months ago

Soccer-Napoli see off brave SPAL to extend perfect start

MILAN, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Napoli saw off a brave challenge from promoted SPAL when a late Faouzi Ghoulam goal gave them a 3-2 win on Saturday, leaving them with maximum points from six games.

It was also a club-record eleventh consecutive Serie A win for Napoli who, for the second time in four games, recovered from going a goal behind away from home.

Pasquale Schiattarella gave SPAL a shock lead in the 13th minute but they were in front for only a minute before Lorenzo Insigne equalised.

Jose Callejon headed Napoli ahead in the 71st minute only for SPAL to hit back seven minutes later when Federico Viviani curled in a free kick.

Napoli refused to give up and Ghoulam settled matters with a fine solo effort in the 83rd minute, the Algerian running at the SPAL defence and cutting inside to finish with his right foot.

Juventus, who have won their first five games, were hosting neighbours Torino in the late game.

Two goals from Stephan El Shaarawy helped AS Roma to a comfortable 3-1 win at home to Udinese after Edin Dzeko had opened the scoring for last season’s runners-up.

Diego Perotti missed a penalty for Roma before Jens Stryger Larsen scored a last-minute consolation for Udinese. (Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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