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Udinese down Napoli in Serie A

dpadpa 3/04/2016 Alberto Cagliano

Udinese have beaten Napoli 3-1 in Italian football.

Second-placed Napoli suffered a 3-1 defeat at Udinese Sunday to leave their Serie A title bid in tatters after Gonzalo Higuain scored but was then sent off.

Bruno Fernandes netted a brace for Udinese as their Naples guests fell six points behind Serie A leaders Juventus with seven games left.

Defending champions Juve won 1-0 at home to Empoli Saturday.

Udinese went ahead in the 14th minute after a spot kick by Fernandes, who missed a second penalty before scoring with an overhead kick on 45 minutes following an equaliser from Higuain.

Cyril Thereau then converted Silvan Widmer's cross in the 57th to clinch a win that pushed Udinese up to 34 points, six clear of the drop zone.

"A change of coach can give you a positive shock and we are now playing a little different," Thereau said, referring to the arrival of Luigi De Canio two weeks ago.

Higuain, who has now hit 30 goals this term and 65 in 100 league games with the Neapolitans, was dismissed with 15 minutes left after receiving a second booking for reacting to a foul.

He lost his temper after being red carded and teammates dragged him off the pitch.

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri had earlier been dismissed for his protests.

Third-placed Roma now sit four points behind Napoli after beating Lazio 4-1 in the city derby.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Fiorentina were held 1-1 at home to Sampdoria, who had Joaquin Correa sent off with 18 minutes left.

AC Milan in sixth were stunned 2-1 away in a regional derby with Atalanta.

Chievo won 3-1 against relegation-threatened Palermo and Genoa hammered second-bottom Frosinone 4-0 thanks to a hat-trick by Spanish striker Suso.

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