Dries Mertens matched Diego Maradona with his 81st Serie A goal for Napoli and Carlo Ancelotti’s squad bounced back from a run of poor results for a 2-0 win at relegation-threatened Frosinone on Sunday.

Mertens scored the opener with a perfectly executed free kick around Frosinone’s wall into the near top corner.

Mertens and Maradona are tied for third on the club list of Serie A scorers behind 1930s star Antonio Vojak (102 goals) and recently departed captain Marek Hamsik (100).

Napoli's Dries Mertens, 2nd right, celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Frosinone and Napoli, at the Benito Stirpe stadium in Frosinone, Italy, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Federico Proietti/ANSA via AP)
Napoli’s Dries Mertens, 2nd right, celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Frosinone and Napoli, at the Benito Stirpe stadium in Frosinone, Italy, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Federico Proietti/ANSA via AP)

“The great thing about Mertens is that he always gives his all, even if he plays poorly,” Ancelotti said. “I really like his attitude. … He deserves to match Maradona.”

Amin Younes doubled the lead after the break, dribbling by two defenders before sending an angled shot into the far corner.

Napoli also hit the woodwork twice in only its second league win of its last five matches. The southern club was also recently eliminated from the Europa League quarterfinals by Arsenal.

Frosinone coach Marco Baroni, right, shakes hand with Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti prior to the Serie A soccer match between Frosinone and Napoli, at the Benito Stirpe stadium in Frosinone, Italy, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Federico Proietti/ANSA via AP)
Frosinone coach Marco Baroni, right, shakes hand with Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti prior to the Serie A soccer match between Frosinone and Napoli, at the Benito Stirpe stadium in Frosinone, Italy, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Federico Proietti/ANSA via AP)

Napoli is firmly second, 18 points behind Italian champion Juventus and eight ahead of third-place Inter Milan with four rounds remaining.

Frosinone is last but one.

MILAN MISERY

Frosinone's Mirko Gori, right, challenges Napoli's Amin Younes during the Serie A soccer match between Frosinone and Napoli, at the Benito Stirpe stadium in Frosinone, Italy, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Federico Proietti/ANSA via AP)
Frosinone’s Mirko Gori, right, challenges Napoli’s Amin Younes during the Serie A soccer match between Frosinone and Napoli, at the Benito Stirpe stadium in Frosinone, Italy, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Federico Proietti/ANSA via AP)

AC Milan’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League diminished further after a 2-0 loss at Torino.

Milan has won only one of its last eight matches in all competitions. It has slipped to level on points with Torino and Atalanta, which hosts Udinese on Monday, and two points behind fourth-place Roma, which occupies the final Champions League qualifying berth.

Andrea Belotti converted a penalty in the 58th minute after Franck Kessie had fouled Armando Izzo, and Alejandro Berenguer all but sealed the result before Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli was sent off for dissent nine minutes from time.

Napoli coach Caro Ancelotti sits on the bench prior to the Serie A soccer match between Frosinone and Napoli, at the Benito Stirpe stadium in Frosinone, Italy, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Federico Proietti/ANSA via AP)
Napoli coach Caro Ancelotti sits on the bench prior to the Serie A soccer match between Frosinone and Napoli, at the Benito Stirpe stadium in Frosinone, Italy, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Federico Proietti/ANSA via AP)

Lazio is three points behind Roma after it survived a scare to beat 10-man Sampdoria 2-1.

Felipe Caicedo scored an early double and Lazio seemed certain to extend its lead when Sampdoria midfielder Gaston Ramirez was sent off on the stroke of halftime following what appeared a harsh second booking.

But Fabio Quagliarella scored his 23rd league goal of the season in the 57th to reopen the match. The 36-year-old Quagliarella leads the goalscoring charts, two ahead of AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek and Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata, with Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo a goal further back.

Torino's Andrea Belotti celebrates with teammates after scoring  during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Torino FC and AC Milan at the Olimpico Stadium in Turin, Italy, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Alessandro Di Marco/ansa via AP)
Torino’s Andrea Belotti celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Torino FC and AC Milan at the Olimpico Stadium in Turin, Italy, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Alessandro Di Marco/ansa via AP)

OTHER RESULTS

Spal and Genoa each moved toward safety with a 1-1 draw. Gianluca Lapadula’s acrobatic volley for Genoa canceled out Felipe’s opener.

Already relegated Chievo Verona earned points for the second straight week with a 1-1 draw against Parma.

Torino's Andrea Belotti celebrates after scoring  during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Torino FC and AC Milan at the Olimpico Stadium in Turin, Italy, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Alessandro Di Marco/ansa via AP)
Torino’s Andrea Belotti celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Torino FC and AC Milan at the Olimpico Stadium in Turin, Italy, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Alessandro Di Marco/ansa via AP)

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Matar reported from Milan.

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Lazio's Felipe Caicedo, right, celebrates with his teammate Joaquin Correa after he scored his side's opening goal during a Series A soccer match between Sampdoria and Lazio, at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Thursday, April 28, 2019. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)
Lazio’s Felipe Caicedo, right, celebrates with his teammate Joaquin Correa after he scored his side’s opening goal during a Series A soccer match between Sampdoria and Lazio, at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Thursday, April 28, 2019. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)
Lazio's Felipe Caicedo, left, and Sampdoria's Omar Colley fight for the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Lazio, at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Thursday, April 28, 2019. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)
Lazio’s Felipe Caicedo, left, and Sampdoria’s Omar Colley fight for the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Lazio, at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Thursday, April 28, 2019. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)
Lazio's Ciro Immobile controls the ball during a Series A soccer match between Sampdoria and Lazio, at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Thursday, April 28, 2019. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)
Lazio’s Ciro Immobile controls the ball during a Series A soccer match between Sampdoria and Lazio, at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Thursday, April 28, 2019. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)
Torino's Andrea Belotti celebrates with teammates after scoring  during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Torino FC and AC Milan at the Olimpico Stadium in Turin, Italy, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Alessandro Di Marco/ansa via AP)
Torino’s Andrea Belotti celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Torino FC and AC Milan at the Olimpico Stadium in Turin, Italy, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Alessandro Di Marco/ansa via AP)

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