Milik wins if for Napoli

Arkadiusz Milik came off the bench to help Napoli to a 3-1 win over Bologna with two goals at Stadio San Paolo on Saturday.

Former Napoli midfielder Blerim Dzemaili threatened the goal in just the third minute when it popped up for him after a cross was sent into the box, but Pepe Reina was able to push it wide.

Lorenzo Insigne got and effort on goal in the 12th minute when he was afforded space to run into in central midfield, and ended up curling an effort narrowly wide of the bottom corner.

Just a minute later and Napoli took the lead when Insigne swung in a cross from the left flank to pick out José Callejón, who opened the scoring with a neat header at the far post.

Napoli were really knocking on the door around the 20-minute mark, with Insigne and Manolo Gabbiadini forcing Angelo Da Costa into saves while Callejón blasted wide.

Then, in the 43rd minute, Marek Hamšík took a chance with an effort from outside the box, but it was pushed away from the bottom corner and the teams went in at halftime with Napoli leading 1-0.

Napoli had the better of the possession and chances in the second half, but were unable to double their lead, and Bologna drew level in the 56th minute thanks to Simone Verdi, who beat Reina with a stunning drive from long range to level the scores.

Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri made an attacking substitution to bring on Arkadiusz Milik for Gabbiadini just past the hour mark, and it paid off just six minutes later when the Polish striker latched onto Hamšík's ball over the top and tapped it over the on-rushing Da Costa to put the home side back in front.

Milik then got his second of the night when he wiggled into some space on the corner of the box and fired off a low effort into the bottom right corner, effectively putting the game to bed in the 78th minute.