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Insigne scores twice as Napoli beats Torino 3-1 in Serie A

MILAN (AP) – Napoli seems to be finding its feet under new coach Carlo Ancelotti and Lorenzo Insigne is reveling in his more central role.

Insigne scored twice on Sunday to help Napoli win 3-1 at Torino in Serie A in a dominant performance from last season’s runner-up.

Torino gifted Insigne the first goal with less than four minutes on the clock. Emiliano Moretti attempted to clear Sebastiano Luperto’s cross but it came off Torino teammate Nicolas N’Koulou and straight into the path of Insigne, who drove it in under the crossbar.

Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Torino and Napoli in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Simone Verdi doubled Napoli’s lead in the 20th with his first goal since joining from Bologna in the offseason. The Italy forward started the move in midfield before passing to Dries Mertens on the left and racing into the area to fire in the return pass.

Torino got back into the game when Andrea Belotti converted a penalty early in the second half after Alejandro Berenguer had been brought down by Luperto.

However, the hosts gifted Napoli another easy goal shortly afterward. Armando Izzo lost possession in midfield to Marek Hamsik, who picked out Jose Callejon. The Spaniard’s shot came off the post but Inisgne was on hand to tap in the rebound.

It was Insigne’s third goal in two league matches, following a slow start to the season.

FIRST GOAL

Bologna’s first goal of the season was worth the wait.

It also led to a surprise victory as Filippo Inzaghi’s team upset Roma 2-0.

Bologna hadn’t scored in its previous four matches but it got off the mark in stunning fashion 10 minutes before halftime.

Robin Olsen only flapped at a Sebastien De Maio cross and it came through to Federico Mattiello near the byline and he cut back before curling a finish into the far side of the net.

Lorenzo Pellegrini should have equalized on the stroke of halftime but blasted over an open goal and Bologna doubled its tally just before the hour mark.

Federico Santander raced from inside his own half to collect a Diego Falcinelli pass and finish off a swift counterattack.

Roma hasn’t won since the opening day of the season and lost 3-0 at Real Madrid on Wednesday.

OTHER MATCHES

Lazio picked up its fourth victory in all competitions with a 4-1 win over Genoa.

Elsewhere, Udinese won 2-0 at Chievo Verona.

Juventus visits Frosinone later with Cristiano Ronaldo looking to bounce back from his midweek red card. AC Milan also plays later, against Atalanta.

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Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti gives directions to his players during a Serie A soccer match between Torino and Napoli at the Olympic stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti gives directions to his players during a Serie A soccer match between Torino and Napoli at the Olympic stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne, center, is hugged by teammates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Torino and Napoli at the Olympic stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, center, is hugged by teammates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Torino and Napoli at the Olympic stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne, second from right, scores during a Serie A soccer match between Torino and Napoli at the Olympic stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, second from right, scores during a Serie A soccer match between Torino and Napoli at the Olympic stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Napoli's Simone Verdi, foreground, celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Torino and Napoli at the Olympic stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Napoli’s Simone Verdi, foreground, celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Torino and Napoli at the Olympic stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne, 2nd right, celebrates with teammates during the Serie A soccer match between Torino and Napoli in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Sedpt. 23, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, 2nd right, celebrates with teammates during the Serie A soccer match between Torino and Napoli in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Sedpt. 23, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne, left, scores during a Serie A soccer match between Torino and Napoli at the Olympic stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, left, scores during a Serie A soccer match between Torino and Napoli at the Olympic stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Bologna's Federico Santander celebrates after scoring his side's 2nd goal during the Serie A soccer match between Bologna and Roma at the Renato Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

Bologna’s Federico Santander celebrates after scoring his side’s 2nd goal during the Serie A soccer match between Bologna and Roma at the Renato Dall’Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco, left, and Bologna coach Filippo Inzaghi greet each other prior to the Serie A soccer match between Bologna and Roma at the Renato Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco, left, and Bologna coach Filippo Inzaghi greet each other prior to the Serie A soccer match between Bologna and Roma at the Renato Dall’Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

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