Mertens matches Maradona’s 81 Serie A goals in Napoli win

Napoli’s Belgian forward Dries Mertens (C) shoots the ball during the Italian Serie A football match Frosinone vs Napoli, on April 28, 2019 at the Benito-Stirpe Stadium in Frosinone. (AFP)

Dries Mertens matched Diego Maradona with his 81st Serie A goal for Napoli and Carlo Ancelotti's squad bounced back from a run of poor results for a 2-0 win at relegation-threatened Frosinone on Sunday.

Mertens scored the opener with a perfectly executed free kick around Frosinone's wall into the near top corner.

Mertens and Maradona are tied for third on the club list of Serie A scorers behind 1930s star Antonio Vojak (102 goals) and recently departed captain Marek Hamsik (100).

“The great thing about Mertens is that he always gives his all, even if he plays poorly,” Ancelotti said. “I really like his attitude. ... He deserves to match Maradona.”

Amin Younes doubled the lead after the break, dribbling by two defenders before sending an angled shot into the far corner.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52