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Napoli thrash Genk to secure Champions League progress

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Napoli thrashes Genk 4-0 to secure their progress to the Champions League knockout stages.

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has been under increasing pressure after a string of poor results.

Tonight win over Genk was not only convincing but Napoli’s first in ten games.

A first-half hat-trick from Arkadiusz Milik had the game all but wrapped up for the hosts in under 40 minutes.

Napoli came out of the blocks fast.

A corner inside of two minutes, from which Kalidou Koulibaly hit the woodwork and missed the chance to open the score.

Never the less, Milik opened it just a minute later with a goal in the third minute.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo was supplying crosses at will for Napoli, and it wasn’t long until one was converted.

Milik doubled his tally and Napoli’s lead when he connected a right foot to a Di Lorenzo cross, 2-0 to Napoli.

Napoli continued to pile on the pressure against the Belgian side.

Eventually, the last-ditch attempts to win a tackle resulted in a penalty, Vandervoort bringing down Callejon.

Milik stepped to convert the spot-kick, giving Napoli a 3-0 lead and the Polish striker his hat-trick.

The second half was much like the first.

Total domination from the hosts and the visitors content with some desperate defending and the occasional flirtatious attempt on goal.

Proceedings were wrapped up in the 74th minute when Genk conceded another penalty.

This time it was a handball by Norre in the penalty area.

Milik was courteous enough to allow Dries Mertens to get in on the action, and he duly converted from 12 yards out.

Fulltime: Napoli 4 – 0 Genk.

Carlo Ancelotti may have bought himself some breathing space.

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