Cagliari, Feb 27: SSC poli inflicted a 5-0 drubbing on Cagliari to increase their lead at the top of Serie A to four points, though second-placed Juventus have a game in hand. For the visitors, it was a club-record 10th straight league victory.
Real Madrid veteran Jose Callejon on Monday put poli up 1-0 with a goal in the 29th minute and the away side led 2-0 at the break courtesy of a strike in the 42nd minute by Dries Mertens, who connected with a cross from Elseid Hysaj. The goal had resonce for Mertens, coming in the same stadium in Cagliari where the Belgium intertiol posted a hat-trick in his first match for poli in December 2016.
poli captain and attacking midfielder Marek Hamsik increased the margin to 3-0 with a goal in the 61st.
Winger Lorenzo Insigne converted a pelty nine minutes later and left-back Mario Rui scored on a direct free kick in the fil minute of regulation to complete the rout. The outcome leaves Cagliari in the 14th spot, just five points above the relegation zone. IANS