Diego Demme and Eljif Elmas help Napoli beat Sampdoria
MILAN: Diego Demme & Eljif Elmas they scored their first A series goals like Napoli He followed last weekend's victory over champion Juventus with a 4-2 victory in Sampdoria Monday.
Gennaro Gattuso's team claimed consecutive victories in the league for the second time this season to advance 10th, two points from the Europa League berths.
But a return to the Champions League remains a distant hope as Napoli , who also dumped holders Lazio out of the Italian Cup last month, remain nine points behind fourth-placed Atalanta & Roma.
We're back, declared captain Lorenzo Insigne following a hard-fought game in which Sampdoria came from two goals down to level at 2-2.
We are giving continuity to the work we do during the week with the coach. This is a victory for the group.
"The Champions League is feasible but we have to think game by game. We've done a lot of damage, but now we have to recover & get our season back on track."
Arkadiusz Milik struck early for the visitors, nodding in the first after just three minutes off a cross from fellow Pole Piotr Zielinski, as a flare on the pitch in Genoa distracted the Sampdoria defenders.
The North Macedonia international, Elmas, took advantage of a second after a quarter of an hour for his first goal in the top category of Italy.
But Sampdoria halved the deficit with Fabio Quagliarella's powerful volley on 26 minutes.
Gastón Ramírez had the ball at the bottom of the net before the hour mark with a spectacular aerial kick, but VAR ruled that Manolo Gabbiadini's arm touched the ball in the accumulation.
Gabbiadini pulled Sampdoria level from the penalty spot with 15 minutes to go after Kostas Manolas tripped Quagliarella in the box.
Demme, who arrived last month from RB Leipzig, restored Napoli 's advantage seven minutes from time with Dries Mertens sweeping the fourth into an empty net deep into injury time.
Claudio Ranieri's Sampdoria sit four points above the relegation zone.
We must continue to believe, Ranieri said.
Quagliarella is playing well. We hope to see other pearls similar to your goal today.