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Italy - Serie A
April 10, 2011
• Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
Referee: D. Orsato
• Attendance: 33092
G. Mascara 30'
M. Hamšík 45'+
Shots on Target
90' + 4'
The referee blows for full-time! Napoli win 2-0 and move up 65 points, the same as Milan. They will anxiously hope for a favour from Fiorentina against the Rossoneri tonight! Thank you for joining Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Serie A. That's all from us for Bologna 0-2 Napoli.
90' + 2'
Napoli are contest to jog around when they have the ball, as the seconds continue to tick down. Meggiorini isn't giving up, winning a couple of heavy challenges, but his cross into the area is well over everyone.
The referee adds four minutes of injury time as Zuniga goes on the break but runs straight toward the corner flag rather than crossing for Lucarelli or Maggio. This game certainly is a foregone conclusion now.
Yellow CardDiego Pérez
Lucarelli is being very physical in his cameo appearance after coming on for Lavezzi. He pressures Viviano into clearing for a throw in.
From the next corner the ball is only half cleared and substitute Rubin fires from outside the area but De Sanctis makes a top class save, tipping the ball out of the top corner!
Di Vaio earns a corner for Bologna and takes it himself. Campagnaro does well to get ahead of a Rossoblu player waiting to pounce at the far post and heads clear.
It's just not Di Vaio's day is it? Busce does some good work on the right side of the Napoli area and puts in a pinpoint curling cross for Di Vaio at the far post, but the veteran shockingly taps wide from less than six yards out!
Gargano gets some immediate touches on the ball passing the ball around in midfield and maintaining possession for the visitors, who are just 12 minutes away from a vital win in their Scudetto challenge.
Francesco Della Rocca
More from Goal.com's Kris Voakes at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara: "Napoli seem to be taking this one in their stride now. The Rossoblu originally showed an injection of something extra after the break but have failed to really test the visitors. They already have their 40 points and have other more straight-forward games to come."
Gargano gets ready to come on for Hamsik. The playmaker and second goal-scorer earns some applause as he makes his way to the bench.
Lavezzi makes his way down the right side and hits the ball off a Bologna to defender to earn a throw in opposition territory. More wasted seconds.
Viviano comes off his line well to deny Dossena a cutback into the centre of the area after Hamsik and Lavezzi combine on the counter. Time is running out for the hosts though, who won't mind a loss too much as they sit well above the relegation zone.
Meggiorini misses a decent chance for Bologna. Di Vaio's freekick from 30 yards out bobbles around in the area and eventually finds it's way to the striker, but he scuffs his low effort into De Sanctis' gloves.
Paolo Cannavaro cuts out a telegraphed ball for Meggiorini and the visitors are just looking to maintain possession as Zuniga and Maggio play keep ball on the right flank.
Lavezzi attempts a stunning strike from the right side of the area and Viviano is forced to make a decent save. With Bologna pressing for goals this match has become far more open in the second-half.
Napoli add Zuniga to the mix for opening goal-scorer Mascara, who had a positive match in place of Cavani. Coach Mazzarri seems to be hopping Zuniga's work-rate will assist in quelling Bologna's attacks in the second-half.
Napoli play some champagne football. Lavezzi turns his man at the half-way line and plays forward to Hamsik. Dossena takes the ball on the overlapping run, but his cross is cut out for a corner that Cannavaro just fails to get a touch on.
OH Di Vaio misses an open net! Goalkeepe De Sanctis commits virtual suicide by coming off his line and Di Vaio skips past him, the defence rushed back and Di Vaio fires into the side netting. A key moment in the match. Napoli get away with one there.
More from Kris Voakes at the match: "With the change [Meggiorini for Ekdal], Bologna have switched to a 4-3-3. If it brings the lively Paponi into play more then maybe it can have an effect on the game. It may also close that space at the back... a good change by Malesani."
Di Vaio strikes a vicious volley when given just an inch of space outside the area. De Sanctis gets down well to save as the left-footed shot was heading into the bottom corner.
Paponi, who has been one of the Rossoblu's most hard-working players in this match, heads over from around 15 yards out. He's living off scraps today, deprived of service.
As previously mentioned, should Napoli win at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara (which looks quite likely). They will, at least temporarily, have the same number of points as Milan at the top of the table. The Rossoneri play Fiorentina later today.
We're back and the second-half is now underway. Do Bologna have any hope here? Based on the first-half you'd have to say no.
45' + 2'
That's half-time. Join us for the second-half in 15 minutes!
45' + 1'
45' + 1'
Penalty GoalMarek Hamsik
Yellow CardEmiliano Viviano
PENALTY TO NAPOLI! Hamsik and Lavezzi broke through and were alone with the 'keeper, somehow they failed to tap the ball past him, but Viviano fouls Lavezzi and the Slovakian makes no mistake from the spot to make it 2-0. One wonders why Viviano wasn't given a red card for that challenge though, he's lucky to stay on the pitch.
Napoli spurn a chance to score their second. A cross to the far-post finds Hamsik wide open, but his cushioned headers is behind the on-rushing Maggio and the chance goes begging as Morleo clears.
Paolo Cannavaro makes a crucial block on Paponi's volley, as the striker had finally broken free at the edge of the area.
Yellow CardEzequiel Lavezzi
Bologna have a throw-in deep in Napoli territory, eventually they work out to the opposite flank and a cross comes in from the right, but it's well over the heads of Paponi and Di Vaio who were waiting in the area.
Yellow CardAlbin Ekdal
Goal.com's Kris Voakes comments on the goal: "They can't say they weren't warned! Again they were exposed wide out, and it was a clinical finish by Mascara. You have to believe it's a steep road back already for Bologna. Napoli are well up for this."
The Rossoblu are enjoying their best spell of possession in the match, but are not making too much ground going forward. Maggio eventually steals the ball and is fouled by Ekdal, who gets a booking for his slide tackle.
This match really needed that, will the Rossoblu be able to mount a response? They have looked rather timid thus far.
Yellow CardGiuseppe Mascara
GOOOOOOOOALLLLLLL. Mascara scores his first goal for the Azzurri! Paziena's long ball finds Maggio on the right, his low cross into the area is back-heeled on by Lavezzi and Viviano only parries it into the path of the former Catanis star. 1-0 Napoli.
Yellow CardVíctor Ruiz
Victor Ruiz is shown a yellow card for a sliding challenge on Busce. The Rossoblu have a freekick in a central position 25 yards from goal, but Di Vaio hits it straight into the wall.
Bologna are not providing any offensive threat at all thus far. De Sanctis has not been tested yet.
Dossena is bundled over in the box, and is enraged, asking for a penalty. He was never going to reach the over hit cross though and the referee ignores his protest.
Lavezzi has his dancing boots on today, he cuts between two defenders on the left-side and makes his way into the area, but the sting is taken off his shot by a deflection and Viviano collects with ease.
At the match, Goal.com's Kris Voakes explains: "Napoli are looking good on the counter so far. More than once they've managed to get in behind Bologna's wing-backs to cause trouble. Malesani might have to have a re-think about his redesigned side."
Yellow CardHugo Campagnaro
Bologna striker Paponi is down on the ground after a clash of heads with Victor Ruiz, the match is on standby for the moment as he gets treatment and many players go to get a drink of water by their respective benches.
Yellow CardArchimede Morleo
Morleo is booked following a fierce challenge on Maggio, he flew in and takes both the Italy international and the ball. It looks painful.
Napoli are enjoying the early portion of this match and a textbook counter is sparked by Maggio and Lavezzi's connection. The Argentine wins a corner, but again it proves fruitless for the visitors.
A long ball finds Maggio on the right, who wins a corner. Mascara curls it in, but Mudingayi clears ahead of Paolo Cannavaro.
After Di Vaio fires high and wide on the counter at one end, Mascara breaks for Napoli down the left flank and plays a quick low pass into the area for Lavezzi, who volleys over from around the penalty spot. Missed chance for the visitors there.
Goal.com's Kris Voakes is at the match and says it seems like there are far more Napoli fans than expected and they are in good voice as their team chase the title. With a win the Partenopei could, at least temporarily, join Milan at the top of the table.
The match kicks off. Lets hope for some early excitement!
Napoli are missing star striker Edinson Cavani through suspension and his place is taken by Giuseppe Mascara in a (3-4-3): De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Victor Ruiz; Maggio, Yebda, Pazienza, Dossena; Hamsik, Lavezzi, Mascara.
The hosts, sitting in mid-table with 40 points, line-up like this (4-4-2): Viviano; Morelo, Portanova, Moras, Cherubin; Busce, Mudingayi, Ekdal, Perez; Di Vaio, Paponi.
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