Dries Mertens has lit up the scoreboard of late, with his second hat-trick in as many games to put Napoli well on its way to a third Serie A win in a row.
With just three goals to his name going into last weekend, the Belgian playmaker delivered a trio in a 5-0 win over Cagliari. Now, today, Mertens topped that feat by bagging three goals in just the opening 22 minutes as Napoli stormed out to a 3-0 lead over Torino. He would finish with four goals on the day, capping it off in the 80th minute with his seventh goal in the last two matches.
He picked up the first on a cutback from near the corner flag by Jose Callejon in just the 13th minute, streaking into the box and crashing home the ball around the penalty spot. The second came from the spot after Mertens was dumped in the box by Antonio Barreca looking to get on the end of a long ball forward. The final goal came off hard work from close range as Mertens collected a rebound and took two efforts to get it home as Torino goalkeeper Joe Hart stood his ground the best he could.
The best of the bunch, however, was the fourth and final goal. Watch:
Sealing the win over Torino would see Napoli up to third in the table, just a point back of Roma in second and eight behind leaders Juventus. Napoli has not lost since a 2-1 defeat to Juventus back on October 29th, an unbeaten run of six Serie A matches.
Mertens has played a crucial role for Napoli this season. He has goals now in four matches for Napoli this season, and his strikes have won a total of ten points for the club. He provided the winners in both his hat-trick matches over the last week, plus he struck the first of a 2-0 win over Empoli in late October. Finally, he scored both goals in a 2-2 draw with Empoli back in late August.