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0 vs 2
Played
February 12, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Olimpico — Roma
Referee:‬ M. Bergonzi‎
Attendance:‬ 32354‎
 
 
Edinson Cavani 50′ (PG)
 
Top of the Match
Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani
SSC Napoli
Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani
SSC Napoli
Flop of the Match
Juan
Juan
Roma
Aleandro Rosi
Aleandro Rosi
Roma

Roma 0-2 Napoli: Cavani Double Sinks Giallorossi

Napoli could have had three as they also had a goal ruled out for offside...

By David Schiavone

Edinson Cavani - Napoli (Getty Images)
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Edinson Cavani bagged a brace as Napoli overcame Roma 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico this evening in Serie A.

With the double suspension of Philippe Mexes and Nicolas Burdisso, Claudio Ranieri decided on fielding Marco Cassetti as a makeshift centre-back. Something the Napoli tridente of Marek Hamsik, Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi certainly looked to exploit.

The game started at pace with both teams having early chances. Roma were looking to Mirko Vucinic for inspiration as the Montenegrin played an wonderful give and go with Fabio Simplicio before unleashing a low shot at Morgan De Sanctis, but the goalkeeper made an excellent stop, clinging on to the ball in the process.

Midway through the first half, Cassetti accussed Lavezzi of spitting on him and handbags ensued with both players receiving a yellow card for their troubles.

After an impressive opening, Roma were put under an extended period of pressure from the away side, who had chances from Cavani, Dossena and Hamsik, but each failed to hit the target with their respective efforts.

Though as the first half drew to a close both teams were having a number of issues in retaining ball possession.

However, after the break the game took a turn in Napoli's favour as Juan clipped the heels of Hamsik as he charged into the box and the referee awarded the Partenopei a penalty. Cavani then stepped up and put his team one up.

Though there were protestations from the home side as it seemed the penalty hit both posts, before Cavani then touched the ball again to make sure of the goal.  

It was almost a quick fire double as Cavani had another effort punched away by Julio Sergio. Cassetti then had the ball was in the back of his own net but it was ruled out for offside, as Lavezzi crossed from an offside positon.

Lavezzi then had a chance to put the game beyond doubt, but one on one with Julio Sergio, it was the goalkeeper who came out on top with a well timed tackle to deny the forward.

Ten minutes from the end, it was ultimately over when Cavani grabbed his second, tapping in from close range following a magnificent Paolo Cannavaro cross from the left wing.

As a result Napoli stay second, three points behind Milan, who also won this evening, while Roma stay in seventh, though they could fall further down the table once the full card of fixtures has been played.

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Roma

27
Julio Sergio
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
John Arne Riise
Defender
3.00
4
Juan
Defender
49′
2.00
-
Marco Cassetti
Defender
82′
3.00
-
Aleandro Rosi
Midfielder
22′
2.50
20
Simone Perrotta
Midfielder
58′
2.50
16
Daniele De Rossi
Midfielder
54′
0.00
11
Rodrigo Taddei
Midfielder
46′
2.50
-
2.50
9
2.50
22
2.50

SSC Napoli

3.00
26
3.00
-
3.00
-
3.00
14
3.00
3
Andrea Dossena
Midfielder
45′ 59′
3.00
5
Walter Gargano
Midfielder
3.00
24
3.00
11
3.50
21
3.50
9
3.00
17

Substitutes

32
Doni
Goalkeeper
0.00
-
0.00
-
0.00
-
Matteo Brighi
Midfielder
0.00
19
Leandro Greco
Midfielder
77′
2.50
7
Jérémy Menez
Midfielder
46′
2.50
10
2.50

Substitutes

0.00
-
Gennaro Iezzo
Goalkeeper
3.00
18
0.00
-
0.00
-
Cribari
Defender
3.00
-
Hassan Yebda
Midfielder
73′
0.00
24
José Sosa
Midfielder
0.00
46

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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Results
 
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18 2
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Juventus
18 1
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Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
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Inter
15 0