Saturday April 21, 2012 Day 34 Finished Stadio San Paolo

Napoli 2 - 0 Novara

  • Cavani 21’
  • Cannavaro 37’

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  1. Napoli ease past Novara to go fifth

    Napoli ease past Novara to go fifth

    Napoli ended a run of three consecutive Serie A defeats with a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to relegation-threatened Novara on Saturday. More

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    • Napoli
    • Novara
    • 90' Full-time: Napoli 2-0 Novara. A comfortable win for Napoli in the end who move to within three points of third-placed Lazio, while Novara's woes towards the bottom of the table continue.
    • 90+3' Napoli sub: Ammendola comes on for Marek Hamsik
    • 90+3' A clash of heads sees Hugo Campagnaro hit the ground and he requires treatment to his nose.
    • 90+2' Cavani rises highest unmarked, but his header off a right-wing cross travels over Fontana's goal.
    • 90' Four minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end.
    • 89' Napoli sub: Zuniga comes off for Andrea Dossena
    • 88' Salvatore Aronica is called on to turn the ball behind his goal with Caracciolo lurking. From the corner, Cavani is the man back defending for Napoli as he uses his head to power the ball away from danger.
    • 87' Another long-range Dzemaili effort is charged down as we steadily approach the 90 minute mark.
    • 84' Caracciolo threatens down the Fontana right as Napoli fall asleep at the back, but frustration ultimately sees the striker give away a cheap free-kick.
    • 81' Another Cavani strike - this time it flies directly at Fontana who punches behind. His next save is a solid one though, getting down low to deny a curling Marek Hamsik effort following a quick short corner by Napoli.
    • 80' Novara subs: Paci comes off for Dellafiore and Rubino replaces Mascara
    • 79' Almost an immediate impact from sub Vargas as he cuts the ball back for Cavani, but the striker sends his first-time shot wide.
    • 78' Napoli sub: Eduardo Vargas comes on for Inler
    • 77' Carraciolo appears to be growing into the game and finding a bit more space. Although, this time, his header from a curling left wing delivery is always travelling wide of De Sanctis' goal.
    • 74' De Sanctis is out quickly to deny Carraciolo before the striker can fashion a shot at the Napoli goal.
    • 73' Hamsik feeds Dzemaili, but his ball back across the Novara box is behind Cavani and the chance for a third on that occasion goes begging.
    • 72' Decent chance for Novara. A free-kick whipped in off the right flank is headed towards the Napoli goal by Andrea Carracciolo, but it flies straight into the waiting arms of De Sanctis.
    • 70' Novara's Giuseppe Mascara is flagged offside having made a forward surge, but Christian Maggio had got back to recover the ball anyway.
    • 67' Napoli's Hugo Campagnaro is booked for dissent.
    • 66' Dzemaili charges into the Novara box, evading a couple of challenges, with the ball at his feet but his strike is deflected behind from a corner. From which, Andrea Caracciolo is back to clear for the visitors.
    • 65' Only side-netting for Cavani this time, as Dzemaili cuts the ball back for the profilic striker with his resulting effort flying just the wrong side of Fontana's near post.
    • 63' Hamsik and Gargano combine, with the latter playing the ball precisely onto the head of Cavani. However, the Uruguayan's looping attempt travels wide of Fontana's goal.
    • 61' Blerim Dzemaili sends a crashing drive towards goal, having been found by Zuniga, and Fontana's legs help to divert his strike over the Novara bar.
    • 59' Dzemaili manages to pick out Cavani at the back post with a left-wing cross, but his header back across goal is cleared away from danger. Napoli still very much in control though.
    • 57' Novara sub: Ivan Radovanovic comes off for Simone Pesce
    • 56' Napoli break and Zuniga drives forward with the ball before unleashing a low shot that Fontana gets his body behind to smother.
    • 55' The ball sits up kindly for Michel Morganella but his half-volley from 35 yards out is ambitious at best.
    • 53' Cavani drifts off his marker but, having received the ball in space, he slices his shot wide of Fontana's near post.
    • 52' Novara win a corner and, at the second attempt, Napoli are able to clear. But a warning sign for the hosts that, if they become, complacent, Novara will pounce.
    • 49' Novara start the second-half from where they ended the first - camped in their own half. Having charged down a Cavani drive, Hamsik then smashes over from outside the penalty box.
    • 47' Filippo Porcari attempts a long-range strike at the start of the second which is always travelling wide of De Sanctis' goal.
    • 46' And we're now back underway for the second-half as Novara kick us off.
    • 45' Half-time: Napoli 2-0 Novara
    • 45' Michel Morganella is the first player in the match to be booked for a late challenge.
    • 44' Inler just over hits a through-ball intended for Hamsik, which came at the end of a flowing move along the Napoli right channel.
    • 43' Napoli look completely in control and there seems to be spaces all over the field for them to explot and punish Novara further.
    • 41' Michel Morganella's hopeful ball forward is easily gathered by De Sanctis and that just about sums up the away team's plight at the moment.
    • 39' GOAL FOR NAPOLI! NAPOLI 2-0 NOVARA (Paolo Cannavaro). Napoli have their second and you have to say it was coming. A long ball hit over the top by Walter Gargano is collected by Cavani, whose curling effort is well parried by Fontana... but only into the path of Cannavaro who steadies himself before sidefooting home.
    • 37' Napoli pushing for the second - with Cavani's curling right-wing cross being met by another thumping Maggio header which Fontana expertly claws away. It wouldn't have counted if it had gone in anyway, as Maggio was flagged offside.
    • 35' Fontana looks less than convincing punching clear Marek Hamsik's header at the expense of a Napoli corner, but the visitors survive once more.
    • 33' Gentini gets in a low cross from the Novara left but it is too close to De Sanctis, who can smother the delivery.
    • 30' Again it's Gemiti to the rescue as he cuts out a dangerous through-ball intended for the run of Edinson Cavani.
    • 29' Fantastic recovering tackle from Gemiti who holds off the on-rushing Christian Maggio, while prodding the ball to safety, to ensure Napoli don't score a second.
    • 27' Dzemaili enters onto a mazy run, beating two Novara players, but then shoots directly into the arms of Fontana, who gratefully clutches the ball.
    • 26' Novara have recovered somewhat after falling behind in such a horrendous fashion. But they are still struggling to impose themselves in the possession stakes.
    • 23' Blerim Dzemaili takes a free-kick from 40 yards but his effort is quickly charged down.
    • 21' GOAL FOR NAPOLI! NAPOLI 1-0 NOVARA (Edinson Cavani). It's an absolute mess from Novara as a terrible pass back from Ivan Radovanovic to his keeper Fontana is then sliced into the path of Blerim Dzemaili, who lays it off for Cavani to simply slide the ball home.
    • 20' Novara are campaigned in their own half at the moment, but they are managing to defend stoutly; blocking out a couple of raking passes from Walter Gargano.
    • 18' Dzemaili slips as his left-wing cross is whipped in for Edison Cavani, and Novara's Fontana is able to pounce on the loose ball.
    • 15' Edinson Cavani wins Napoli's first corner off of Centurioni. From that, Christian Maggio's unmarked header is clawed off the line by Giuseppe Gemiti, but only at the expense of another corner from which Novara manage to clear.
    • 14' Gokhan Inler chests the ball down before hitting a savage, first-time 30 yard shot well over the Novara goal.
    • 13' Novara have responded really well. First, Daniel Jensen is almost found in the box with a cross from the right and, soon after, Giuseppe Mascara clips the ball through to Porcari and De Sanctis has to be quick off his line to snuff out the opportunity.
    • 11' Marek Hamsik blazes well over from 35 yards out then, moments later, Novara press forward and win the first corner but fail to do anything productive with the set-piece.
    • 10' The first big chance for Napoli and it is Edinson Cavani who inexplicably smashes the ball wide from just a few yards out, after being teed up by a dangerous low cross from Christian Maggio.
    • 9' Blerim Dzemaili puts his laces through the ball out wide on the left, but his angled shot is always travelling wide of Fontana's goal.
    • 7' Napoli are already putting Novara on the back foot as they probe for a way through to goal - Zuniga's cross from the left is collected by Alberto Fontana.
    • 4' Filippo Porcari went down following a heavy challenge from Gokhan Inler, Palazzino didn't blow to stop the match. But, in the end, Napoli kick the ball out so Porcari can be helped back to his feet.
    • 2' And yes we have our new ref - the fourth official, Gennaro Palazzino, steps up to the plate and we are back underway with a full restart.
    • 16' Still waiting on the restart of the match, it looks like being a few minutes away...
    • 12' Yes, it looks like the fourth official is currently warming up to take Doveri's place. Very strange happenings indeed, although both sets of players remain in generally good spirits.
    • 9' He's still receiving treatment, but is now back onto his feet. Although it looks like Doveri will be unable to continue, perhaps the fourth official will have to step into his shoes for this match?
    • 3' Bizzare early scenes as referee Daniele Doveri requires physio treatment following what looks like a twinge in his shoulder.
    • 1' And Napoli get us underway for the first-half kicking from right to left.
    • 19:45 There is now a minute's applause to honour the life of Piermario Morosini prior to kick-off, as Serie A action gets back underway this weekend following his tragic loss last week.
    • 19:40 While Napoli have lost their last three Serie A games, Novara have failed to win in their past four matches. With both sides out of form, which team will be the one to turn their recent slump around with victory at the Stadio San Paolo tonight? Only time will tell.
    • 19:35 Napoli have lost their last three league games; the last time they lost three in a row was in March 2009, according to OptaPaolo
    • 19:32 Team News... Napoli (3-5-1-1): De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica; Maggio, Gargano, Inler, Dzemaili, Zuniga; Hamsik; Cavani. Subs: Colombo, Fernandez, Fideleff, Dossena, Ammendola, Vargas, Britos /// Novara (5-3-2): Fontana; Morganella, Lisuzzo, Centurioni, Dellafiore, Gemiti; Porcari, Pesce, Jensen; Caracciolo, Mascara. Subs: Coser, Paci, Rinaudo, Mazzarani, Radovanovic, Rubino, Morimoto.
    • 19:30 Novara, meanwhile, will be hoping to keep their increasingly slim chances of Serie A survival alive. They are currently 11 points adrift of safety in 19th and, if they are to pull off a great escape act, then it will need to start tonight in Naples.
    • 19:25 The game represents a must-win for both teams - Napoli are continuing their late push for third and, with it, that final Champions League qualification spot. Following Udinese's earlier draw with Chievo, a victory for Napoli tonight would see Walter Mazzarri's men climb up to fifth; positioning themselves just three points behind third-placed Lazio.
    • 19:20 Hello and welcome to live text coverage of this evening's Serie A match between Napoli and struggling Novara.
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    Manager: Walter Mazzarri

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    Manager: Attilio Tesser

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