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Serie A: Napoli are Winter Champions

Argentine forward, Gonzalo Higuain scored twice as Napoli thrashed lowly Frosinone 5-1 to move top of the Serie A table at the halfway stage of the season.

Raul Albiol, Marek Hamsik and Manolo Gabbiadini also found the net as Maurizio Sarri’s side rounded off the first half of the season in style.

With the win, Napoli claimed the tag ‘winter champions’ for leading the log at the mid-way point. The last eleven ‘winter champions’ have gone on to claim the league title.

Champions, Juventus continued their march up the table with a 2-1 victory at Sampdoria to record a ninth successive league victory.

Paul Pogba put Juve in the lead with a superb turn-and-shot, while Sami Khedira made it two just after half time.

Antonio Cassano gave Sampdoria hope with a 64th-minute strike, but the champions held on to continue their excellent run of form.

Inter Milan were the leaders going into the weekend, but Roberto Mancini’s men stumbled to a 1-0 home loss to Sassuolo to drop two places to third on the log.

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