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Euro football: Roma and Napoli win 3-0; PSG beat Lorient

March 13, 2017 14:38 IST

A round-up of football matches played in the Serie A and French Ligue 1 on Sunday

Napoli's Dries Mertens and Crotone's Noe Dussenne vie for possession during their Serie A match at San Paolo stadium, Naples, on Sunday

IMAGE: Napoli's Dries Mertens and Crotone's Noe Dussenne vie for possession during their Serie A match at San Paolo stadium, Naples, on Sunday. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters

AS Roma and Napoli enjoyed 3-0 wins over Serie A relegation candidates on Sunday as they kept pace with leaders Juventus, while Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi and Ever Banega grabbed hat-tricks in a 7-1 rout of Atalanta.

Roma's goals at Palermo were shared by Stephan El Shaarawy, Edin Dzeko and Bruno Peres, while Napoli beat Crotone helped by penalties from Lorenzo Insigne, after 32 minutes, and Dries Mertens in the 66th before Insigne completed the scoring.

Juventus, who beat visiting AC Milan 2-1 on Friday, lead the standings with 80 points as they chase a sixth successive title, eight ahead of Roma with Napoli a further two behind.

Inter are up to fourth on 54 after thrashing Atalanta, whose coach Gian Piero Gasperini was sacked by the Milan side after only five games in 2011. The visitors, who have 52 points, had been expected to provide a stern test to their opponents.

PSG begin recovery from Barca defeat with win at Lorient

Paris St Germain started their recovery from an embarrassing Champions League exit in Barcelona with a 2-1 win at bottom club Lorient to maintain their Ligue 1 title challenge on Sunday

PSG, who were humiliated 6-1 away to Barca in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday after winning the first leg 4-0, have 65 points from 29 games and trail Monaco by three points after the leaders beat Girondins de Bordeaux 2-1 on Saturday.

Nice are two points further back in third after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Caen on Friday.

Olympique Lyonnais, who have a game in hand, are fourth on 50 points after thrashing Toulouse 4-0 thanks to a Memphis Depay double.

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