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2 vs 1
Played
March 20, 2011 3:45 PM EDT
Stadio San Paolo — Napoli
Referee:‬ A. Damato‎
Attendance:‬ 43000‎
 
Top of the Match
Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani
Napoli
Marek Hamsik
Marek Hamsik
Napoli
Flop of the Match
Simone Missiroli
Simone Missiroli
Cagliari
Lorenzo Ariaudo
Lorenzo Ariaudo
Cagliari

Napoli 2-1 Cagliari: Edinson Cavani Brace Lifts Partenopei To Home Victory

A second-half brace from Edinson Cavani has given Napoli a 2-1 victory over Cagliari this evening at the San Paolo.

By Rick D'Andrea

Napoli players after a goal (Getty Images)
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A brace of second-half goals from Edinson Cavani has given Napoli a 2-1 victory over Cagliari this evening at the San Paolo, to lift the side to within three points of leaders Milan in the race for the Scudetto.

Cavani opened the scoring on 49 minutes from a penalty spot-kick, before Robert Acquafresca equalised proceedings eight minutes later. The lead was restored just after the hour mark by the Uruguayan international, finding the back of the net for the 22nd time this campaign.

Both sides started tentatively, preferring to shore up their defences and settle into the match with time on the ball rather than attack.

The first real chance on goal came from Daniele Conti, when he controlled Davide Biondini's cross, and spun 180 degrees to shoot, but his shot was wide of the mark.

Acquafresca had a wonderful chance to open the scoring on 16 minutes as he timed his run to perfection. Fabiano Santacroce made the tactical error of advancing too high up the pitch, and a lobbed ball fell to the striker's feet, who sprinted towards goal, but failed to hit the target.

A lobbed pass by Marek Hamsik found Cavani, whose first-time header fell into the path of Ezequiel Lavezzi, but the Argentine dragged his shot across goal just after the half-hour mark.

Napoli began the second half on a mission to score, and were almost rewarded after only a minute. Lavezzi's squaring ball almost found Cavani open in space, but Biondini arrived a tad earlier and cleared the ball away.

The Partenopei were then awarded a penalty moments later, as Lorenzo Ariuado dragged Lavezzi down in the penalty area, and the ref pointed to the spot. Cavani's 49th minute spot-kick went low and to the left, sending Michele Agazzi the wrong way to make it 1-0.

With the crowd getting into the match, the home side lifted, and went more on the assault.

Robert Acquafresca, though, had other ideas, as a routine cross from the right from Cossu spotted the forward in the middle on 57 minutes. Heading the ball to his advantage, he followed up his efforts by slotting the ball home in between Morgan De Sanctis' legs to equalise proceedings.

The match remained level for four minutes, as Hamsik's chip forward saw Cavani beat the offside trap and lob his shot over the advancing goalkeeper to restore the lead and score his second goal of the evening.

'El Matador' almost turned provider for Hamsik as he threaded a ball through for the Slovakian, but the midfielder could not direct his shot on target.

Having only been introduced minutes earlier for Hamsik, Giuseppe Mascara almost assured victory for the Azzurri, but his header from an Andrea Dossena cross only hit the post.

With a tense ending in sight, Cossu's free-kick was delivered into the middle, but a staunch Partenopei defence held firm, and ensured their 10th home victory this term.

The win moves the Azzurri back into third place on 59 points, after being overtaken by Udinese earlier in the day.

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Napoli

26
Morgan De Sanctis
Goalkeeper
3.00
5
Víctor Ruiz
Defender
3.00
-
Paolo Cannavaro
Defender
2.50
-
2.50
3
Andrea Dossena
Midfielder
82′
3.00
-
Hassan Yebda
Midfielder
3.00
24
Michele Pazienza
Midfielder
3.00
18
Camilo Zúñiga
Midfielder
3.00
21
3.00
9
3.50
17
Marek Hamsik
Striker
61′ 79′
3.00

Cagliari

3.00
-
Michael Agazzi
Goalkeeper
3.00
33
2.50
-
3.00
-
2.50
24
2.50
23
2.50
5
Daniele Conti
Midfielder
26′
3.00
-
3.00
7
2.50
7
3.00
12

Substitutes

-
Gennaro Iezzo
Goalkeeper
0.00
-
Cribari
Defender
0.00
-
0.00
-
Manuele Blasi
Midfielder
0.00
24
José Sosa
Midfielder
0.00
46
3.00
-
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
22
Ivan Pelizzoli
Goalkeeper
0.00
-
0.00
-
0.00
-
Simon Laner
Midfielder
0.00
-
P. Ceppelini
Midfielder
2.50
21
0.00
-

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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