ROME: Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia scored in the second half as Napoli beat Cagliari 2-1 at home in Serie A and moved provisionally up to fourth.

Champions Napoli, who have struggled at home this season having gained just one point in their previous four league games at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, rose two places to fourth on 27 points from 16 games.

They are 11 points behind leaders Inter Milan and two above fifth-placed AS Roma, who visit Lazio and Bologna respectively on Sunday.

Kickoff was delayed by 30 minutes after strong winds delayed the entry of fans in some sectors while officials checked the roof of the stadium for safety reasons.

Napoli defender Amir Rrahmani hit the post with a header for the hosts’ closest chance of the first half just before the half-hour mark as Mazzarri’s side failed to benefit from their early domination, leaving the game level at halftime.

Osimhen headed Napoli in front in the 69th minute, with Cagliari keeper Simone Scuffet deflecting the ball on to the post only for it to bounce back into the net.

The Nigeria striker, who was crowned African Footballer of the Year on Monday, has now scored seven goals in Serie A this season and could have had more were it not for a recent hamstring injury that sidelined him for more than a month.

Cagliari forward Leonardo Pavoletti briefly spoiled the fun for Napoli, equalising three minutes later from close range.

But Kvaratskhelia restored the home side’s lead with another goal that bounced in off the post after Osimhen teed him up 15 minutes from fulltime.