Lazio were under pressure after Juventus’ earlier 2-1 win over Lecce but moved back into second place with a one-point lead on 64. A draw or defeat against Sassuolo would have given Napoli an unassailable lead ahead of Thursday’s game at Udinese.
Ciro Immobile scored a first goal, disallowed after a lengthy VAR check.
In the 14th minute, Anderson opened the scoring with a beautiful finish past goalkeeper Andrea Consigli.
Late in the first half, Davide Frattesi hit the crossbar from a tight angle, denying Sassuolo an equaliser.
The Basic reserve calmed the spirits, returning a cross into the net, two minutes after the break, for 2-0.
Inter Milan were relentless at Hellas Verona, forcing the hosts to concede more than five goals at home for the first time in Serie A as the Milanese ran out 6-0 winners, which included two goals from both Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez. Inter is in fourth place with 60 points.
Canceling Stephan El Shaarawy’s opener with Luca Caldirola’s textbook volley, Monza thwarted AS Roma’s bid to finish in the top four, earning a 1-1 draw at home. Jose Mourinho’s team is outside the European qualification places, in seventh place, with 58 points.
AC Milan stumbled at home against Cremonese, threatened with relegation. David Okereke put the visitors ahead before Junior Messias equalized with a free-kick three minutes after the break to level the match at 1-1. Stefano Pioli’s team is in sixth place in the standings, with 58 points.
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