Football: Milik sets up Napoli win over Sassuolo in niggly Cup tie

Football: Milik sets up Napoli win over Sassuolo in niggly Cup tie

Arkadiusz Milik celebrates his goal
Napoli's Polish forward Arkadiusz Milik (L) celebrates next to Napoli's Italian forward Lorenzo Insigne after opening the scoring during the Italian Tim Cup round of sixteen football match Napoli vs Sassuolo on Jan 13, 2019 at the San Paolo stadium in Naples. (Photo: AFP/Alberto Pizzoli)

MILAN: Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik scored one goal and provided an assist for another as his side beat Sassuolo 2-0 in a niggly Coppa Italia round of 16 tie on Sunday.

In a game of seven yellow cards, Napoli went ahead in the 15th minute when Lorenzo Insigne's cross was parried by Sassuolo goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo and the ball hit Milik on the thigh before rebounding into the net.

Manuel Locatelli had the ball in the net for the visitors 10 minutes before halftime but it was disallowed for handball in the build-up following a VAR review.

Sassuolo threatened again early in the second half, Domenico Berardi curling a shot over the crossbar and Kalidou Koulibaly's tackle preventing Alfred Duncan from equalising.

Napoli, who face AC Milan in the last eight, wrapped up the game when Milik got away on the left and pulled the ball back for Fabian Ruiz to score the second in the 74th minute.

(Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Ed Osmond)

Source: Reuters