Marek Hamsik’s latest record-breaking goal proved enough for a win at Crotone, ensuring Napoli are Campioni d’Inverno – Winter Champions.
The Partenopei end 2017 with 31 Serie A victories, six draws and only two defeats, having scored 96 goals and conceded 31. They’re also unbeaten on their travels in the calendar year, winning 18 out of 20.
They were already wearing special patches on their jerseys to mark Hamsik becoming their new all-time top scorer and the captain took his tally to 117 goals at the end of a well-worked team move.
Although they dominated possession and had the most chances, including Lorenzo Insigne off the bar and an extraordinary double Alex Cordaz save on Amadou Diawara and Jose Callejon, it remained open to the end.
Deep into stoppages, Federico Ceccherini went down under a Christian Maggio challenge, but the referee had a perfect view and ruled he was looking for contact.
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