Napoli's Belgian forward Dries Mertens celebrates after scoring a goal during an Italian Serie A football match between SSC Napoli and Torino FC on December 18, 2016 at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples. / AFP / CARLO HERMANN
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Dries Mertens scored four goals, including a nine-minute first-half hat-trick, as Napoli forgot their scoring problems with a 5-3 win over Torino in Serie A Sunday.It was a second successive hat-trick for the Belgian, who is playing as an improvised center-forward following Arkadiusz Milik's long-term knee injury, and took Napoli's goal tally to 13 in their last three league matches.Mertens became the first Serie A player to score successive hat-tricks for 22 years and the first to score four times in a game since Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi in January 2014 .Antonio Candreva's second-half goal gave an unconvincing Inter Milan a 1-0 away win over Sassuolo, who had 10 players on the injured list.
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