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March 20, 2011
• Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
Referee: A. Damato
• Attendance: 43000
E. Cavani 49', 61'
R. Acquafresca 57'
90' + 3'
Despite a last minute rush from Cagliari, Napoli hold on to win the game.
Napoli look for a third with Pazienza who shoots following a corner, but the Isolani clear the danger.
Yebda shoots from range for Napoli... it's a poor effort though.
Yellow CardEzequiel Lavezzi
Yellow CardDavide Biondini
Corner to Cagliari... Biondini takes it... cleared by Napoli.
With five minutes to go, Cagliari throw everyone forward as they look for a last-gasp draw.
Ohh! Mascara hits the post after latching onto a cross from Ruiz, but the upright denies him a goal after coming off the bench.
Just under ten minutes remain as Napoli stay ahead.
Hard clash involving Lavezzi and Ariaudo, it looks bad, but they are soon back up as play resumes.
Great defending from Santacroce who anticipates Acquafresca, but the striker is caught offside nevertheless.
The Azzurri are on fire as they search for more goals here at San Paolo, Cagliari forced to defend under waves of pressure.
Great break by Napoli with Hamsik for Lavezzi... the cross is whipped in for Cavani who heads it towards goal!! It should be 3-1, but it flies wide.
Acquafresca with the header for his side... no trouble for De Sanctis as he catches the ball.
Great clearace by Ruiz of Napoli as he blocks a good effort from Missiroli. Cagliari are fighting back.
Donadoni has words with Cossu as he asks for more action from the Italian midfielder.
Great play by Napoli... Cavani finds Hamsik, he shoots from a tight angle... ohhh! Side netting from the Slovakian ace!
Napoli regain control with some slick play by the front men. Cagliari back to square one.
GOAL! Napoli are back in front with Cavani! Hamsik plays the throughball... Agazzi off his line and the striker beats him with a lob!
Hamsik for Zuniga... offside! Napoli starting to make mistakes after conceeding.
Napoli's lead lasted just a few minutes, and they conceed their first goal in ten games.
GOAL! Just when Napoli were in control, Cagliari strike back with Acquafresca as he meets Cossu's cross to beat De Sanctis with a great finish.
Ohhh! The Azzurri could and should have doubled their lead, but Hamsik first, and the Yebda have their shots saved by Agazzi.
For Cavani it's his 21 goal this term, and his first in four games.
Napoli in charge and in control at the San Paolo as they dominate the game. Cagliari have no responses.
Napoli in front thanks to Cavani's cooly converted penalty. Not the restart Cagliari wanted.
Penalty GoalEdinson Cavani
PENALTY FOR NAPOLI! Ariaudo brings down Lavezzi in the box following Zuniga's back heel! Cavani steps up... GOAL! Napoli in the lead.
Yellow CardLorenzo Ariaudo
Lavezzi and Cavani waste no time in getting the ball forward with pace... Cagliari clear the danger.
The second half begins, and there have been no changes from either side.
45' + 1'
Half-time and we are still level as neither side finds a breakthrough.
Great challenge from Agostini on Cavani who was free and through on goal!
Lavezzi goes down in the box under a challege from Perico, but it's no penalty as the striker smiles without protest.
Cross-shot from Napoli's Zuniga from the right... the ball bounces out horribly as Mazzarri has the look of frustration on his face.
It's balanced again as we approach the interval. Both sides look sharp and have been responding well on the pitch, but the game is yet to take off fully.
Hamsik steps it up for Napoli and looks for Cavani... Cagliari scramble it clear.
Agostini crosses for Cagliari... Acquafresca meets the ball with a fine touch, only to send it wide of the far post as De Sanctis stands still! Great chance for the visitors.
Great work by Cavani and Pazienza... the ball is worked to Lavezzi who comes inside and shoots with his left... just wide! What a chance, and it would have been in if he found the target.
Not the best of game's at San Paolo with just a couple of half-chances at either end.
Napoli are dictating the play as Cagliari begin to struggle. Cavani does well to get his cross off from the right, but no-one is there to meet the ball for the tap in.
Cavani with some great control as he chests the ball to set himself up for a volley... ohhh! The shot is not great and he misses the target.
Yellow CardDaniele Conti
Great cross from Cavani who picks out Lavezzi... he heads the ball towards goal... ohhh! It takes a deflection and goes out for a corner.
Napoli back on the ball as they try to press the opposition, but Mazzarri's men are not looking to sharp.
Mazzarri is off the bench and is shouting instructions to players. He doesn't want his players to relax too much. Cagliari are looking good.
Napoli respond with an attack of their own, but Ariaudo blocks the snap-shot from Hamsik.
Acquafresca shows quick feet as he runs towards the edge of the area... his left-foot shot goes across the box.. ohhh just wide.
Lavezzi does brilliantly down the flank and whips in a dagerous cross... Ariaudo clears for Cagliari.
Conti tries a long range shot for Cagliari... he goes across the goalkeeper from right to left, but he drags it wide of the mark.
Good run from Lavezzi who tries to combine with Zuniga, but a misunderstanding between the two sees the chance break down.
Plenty of aggressive attacking play from Cagliari... Cossu hits it towards Acquafresca who is free... ohhh! Offside. That was tight.
Dossena with the volley for his Azzurri side... Agazzi makes the save.
Plenty of tight action in midfield. Cossu wins the free-kick for Cagliari. It's taken quickly but Napoli clear with Cannavaro.
Perico on the ball for the Sardinian side. He finds Nainggolan... no, his cross is poor and Napoli can restart.
And it's the home side who attack first as Ruiz plays a long ball for Lavezzi, but the hitman is caught offside.
Napoli get the game underway at San Paolo as Cagliari's Roberto Donadoni returns to his former club.
CAGLIARI (4-3-2-1): Agazzi; Perico, Canini, Ariaudo, Agostini; Biondini, Conti, Nainggolan; Cossu, Lazzari; Acquafresca.
Here are the official formations: NAPOLI (3-4-2-1): De Sanctis; Santacroce, Cannavaro, Ruiz; Zuniga, Pazienza, Yebda, Dossena; Hamsik, Lavezzi; Cavani.
Napoli are hoping to retake third place from Udinese following their 2-0 winn earlier today over Catania.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of the Serie A, week 30 clash between Napoli and Cagliari at the San Paolo.
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