Marek Hamsik – with the aid of a massive deflection – and Blerim Dzemaili allowed Napoli to push past Fiorentina on possibly the worst pitch ever seen in Serie A.
Vincenzo Montella returned to face his hometown club and had been linked with the job in recent months, but Walter Mazzarri opted to stay on. His Viola fought back to beat Udinese in Week 1 and were completely revamped by summer signings, while Napoli were fresh from hammering Palermo 3-0 in Sicily. Andrea Dossena and Goran Pandev continued to sit out their bans, but Juan Camilo Zuniga was back from suspension. Valon Behrami faced his former teammates, while Mounir El Hamdaoui and Nenad Tomovic had their first Viola starts.
Napoli hadn’t beaten Fiorentina at the San Paolo since 2008 and the last two editions finished goalless. It was not easy to play here, as the pitch was in absolutely shocking condition, looking more like a beach than turf due to the amount of sand.
The visitors had a brighter start, but El Hamdaoui drilled just over the bar from a Stevan Jovetic assist. Morgan De Sanctis also captured a long-range Manuel Pasqual curler.
Juan Cuadrado fired wide and Roncaglia was booked for bringing down the tricky Insigne. A Jovetic backheel flick on Pasqual’s free kick was captured by De Sanctis.
Napoli took the lead with their first shot on target! Marek Hamsik got a looping header to Zuniga’s free kick from six yards with a touch off Borja Valero to loop over Emiliano Viviano. In fact, replays suggest it was more an own goal from the Spaniard than anything else.
Blerim Dzemaili added a second for the Partenopei, unleashing a screamer on the half volley from the D after a corner was cleared to the edge of the area.
Fiorentina did not give in and Jovetic scored with a sensational right-foot curler from outside the area that bounced just in front of De Sanctis into the far bottom corner.