Monday’s Serie A round-up

Sassuolo recorded a shock 2-0 victory over Lazio on Monday evening, while Fiorentina and Napoli played to a 1-1 draw in an entertaining Serie A clash.

Sassuolo bolstered their Europa League prospects at the expense of Lazio after clinching a surprise 2-0 victory at Stadio Olimpico.

Despite boasting home advantage, Lazio never really got out of the starting blocks as the lesser fancied Black-and-Greens claimed a crucial three points in their quest to secure a place in Europe’s second-tier competition ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

Domenico Berardi fired Sassuolo in front from the penalty spot four minutes before the half-time break, and Gregoire Defrel made sure of the result when he slotted home in the 67th minute.

At Stadio Artemi Franchi, meanwhile, Napoli lost ground on Serie A leaders Juventus after being held to a 1-1 draw by Fiorentina in a pulsating encounter.

The match started with a bang as Marcos Alonso headed home from Borja Valero’s inswinging corner to put Fiorentina in front and send the home support into wild celebrations.

However, their celebrations were short-lived as Napoli drew level just one minute later, Gonzalo HiguaĆ­n netting his 25th Serie A goal of the season with a strike from just outside the penalty area.

There was plenty more action on offer after the frantic start to the encounter, but neither team managed to grab a winner as they were forced to settle for a share of the spoils in an entertaining clash.

Monday’s Serie A results:

Lazio 0-2 Sassuolo

Fiorentina 1-1 Napoli