Four goals in the opening 45 minutes set the Partenopei on their way to victory for a scintillating performance against their Ligurian opponents at the Stadio San Paolo
Edinson Cavani's brace headlined a first-half blitz for the Walter Mazzarri's men, with Cristobal Jorquera's solitary strike proving little consolation for the visitors as further goals from Marek Hamsik and Goran Pandev sent the hosts into the interval 4-1 up. Efforts from Walter Gargano and Juan Camilo Zuniga after the break completed the rout for the home side, who ended 2011 on a high.
Mazzarri’s men stamped their dominance on the game from the off, and were ahead after 12 minutes through Cavani, who was left with a straightforward finish past Sebastian Frey after Christian Maggio’s through ball.The second goal was always coming, and it duly arrived in the 17th minute through the opportunism of Hamsik. A snap shot by Pandev took a deflection off Andreas Granqvist into the path of the Slovak, who wasted little time in finding the net from a few yards out.
Genoa were falling apart, and their defensive disorganiaation told once more, as Cavani broke their offside trap again to get on the end of Pandev’s pass and slot beyond the hapless Frey to put the hosts 3-0 up after 24 minutes.
Despite looking to be well on their way to a thrashing, the visitors managed to pull a goal back three minutes later through Jorquera, whose low drive slipped under the glove of Morgan De Sanctis and nestled into the back of the net.Napoli were not to be denied a big win, and Pandev added the fourth goal on the stroke of half-time. The Macedonian latched onto Hamsik’s through ball, advanced unchallenged into the penalty area and beat Frey with a low shot to send his side into the break with a standing ovation from the home support.
The hosts picked up where they left off after the restart, and Gargano fired home from outside the area to further increase their advantage.
Cavani almost grabbed his hat-trick just before the hour mark, but after finding space in the box, he could only place his finish wide of the far post.
The tempo of the game died down shortly after, but there was still time for Zuniga to grab another goal 10 minutes from the end, as the wing-back hammered home from distance to complete the rout.Despite the win, Napoli remain in sixth place with 23 points due to Inter's concurrent victory over Lecce which keeps them two points ahead. Genoa meanwhile are in 10th place with 21 points.