SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 20 - 13 Jan 2013 (14.00 UK)
Napoli 3 - 0 Palermo
Maggio 30 (N), Inler 34 (N), L Insigne 73 (N)
Stadio San Paolo

Napoli swept Palermo aside 3-0 with Andrea Dossena and Salvatore Aronica given a disappointing comeback tour.

It was blast from the past time at the San Paolo, some more recent than others. Edinson Cavani faced his first Serie A club, while Aronica and Dossena only left Napoli for Palermo in the last couple of weeks. Josip Ilicic sat out a ban for the Sicilians, joining the injured Abel Hernandez and Andrea Mantovani. Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava continued their six-month suspensions in the betting scandal.

There was heavy rain on Naples all day, but Dossena threatened to score against his former club when set up by Franco Brienza down the left, testing Morgan De Sanctis with a fierce strike at the near post.

Cavani had penalty appeals for a coming together with his former teammate Dossena, but Palermo went extremely close on 26 minutes when Anselmo’s angled drive whistled inches past the upright.

Napoli broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark when Marek Hamsik won a tackle down the left with Edgar Barreto and crossed for Christian Maggio’s free header from six yards.

The second arrived moments later when Gokhan Inler cut in from the right and unleashed one of his swerving screamers that left the goalkeeper rooted to the spot.

Palermo clipped the crossbar with a free kick from Barreto, as De Sanctis was rooted to the spot. At the other end, Cavani’s set piece curled inches wide of the upright.

Fabrizio Miccoli replaced Igor Budan for the second half and immediately had a shot charged down, while Hamsik’s snapshot skimmed the post. The Slovak threatened again when his effort was deflected and Maggio just failed to redirect it at the back post.

Ujkani beat away a Cavani volley, then Juan Camilo Zuniga’s angled drive nearly found Cavani sliding in at the back post.

Lorenzo Insigne came off the bench to make it 3-0, hitting a rocket under the bar from outside the box after Inler rolled across.

Roberto Insigne, the younger brother of goalscorer Lorenzo, was given his Serie A debut. 


Napoli: De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Britos (Fernandez 78), Gamberini; Maggio, Behrami, Inler, Zuniga; Hamsik (R Insigne 87); Pandev (L Insigne 68), Cavani
Palermo: Ujkani; Von Bergen, Aronica, Garcia; Morganella, Anselmo, Barreto, Arevalo Rios (Donati 54), Dossena; Brienza (Dybala 65), Budan (Miccoli 46)
Ref: Gervasoni