SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 36 - 8 May 2013 (19.45 UK)
0 - 3 Napoli
Hamsik 53 (N), Cavani pen 63 (N), Dzemaili 67 (N)
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Napoli conquered the Stadio Dall’Ara 3-0 and are now mathematically sure of second place, which provides Champions League entry.

The Rossoblu are a real bête noir for Napoli, having beaten them twice this season between Serie A and the Coppa Italia, both at the San Paolo. Hugo Campagnaro was still out with a calf problem, while the hosts missed Gianluca Curci, Mikael Antonsson, Niccolò Cherubin and the suspended Tiberio Guarente just days after a 6-0 defeat to Lazio.

Blerim Dzemaili stung the palms of teenage goalkeeper Dejan Stojanovic from a tight angle. Paolo Cannavaro sprinted back to mop up on Alessandro Diamanti after a Juan Camilo Zuniga error.

Zuniga did better when threading through for Edinson Cavani, whose angled drive flashed across the face of goal.

Cavani wasted another great opportunity when he won back possession from Diego Perez in his own half, ran all the way up the pitch and drilled just wide of the upright.

Napoli lost Valon Behrami to a sprained ankle, making way for Gokhan Inler. Diamanti was the most lively for the Rossoblu and one of his trademark left-foot screamers forced Morgan De Sanctis into a save.

Lorenzo Insigne tested Stojanovic with a daisy-cutter and Alberto Gilardino’s header whistled inches past the post in first half stoppages.

Marek Hamsik had penalty appeals for a Panagiotis Kone challenge as he was preparing to shoot. The Slovak got his goal soon after anyway, as he ran on to a Dzemaili assist to smash a powerful left-foot finish between the goalkeeper and the near post.

Cavani sprinted into the box and was clearly brought down by Stojanovic for a penalty. Despite his poor record from the spot, El Matador took the responsibility and buried it low at the base of the near post.

Dzemaili added a third on the counter-attack when Cavani tried to burst between two defenders, but when the ball got away from him, the midfielder was ready to finish the job from 12 yards.

Christian Maggio thought he had made it 4-0, but the goal was ruled offside.


: Stojanovic; Motta, Sorensen, De Carvalho (Naldo 82), Morleo; Taider, Perez (Pazienza 55); Christodoulopoulos, Diamanti, Kone (Moscardelli 67); Gilardino
Napoli: De Sanctis; Rolando, Cannavaro, Britos; Maggio, Behrami (Inler 23), Dzemaili, Hamsik (El Kaddouri 78), Zuniga; Insigne (Pandev 69), Cavani
Ref: Massa