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  • March 20, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: A. Damato
  • • Attendance: 43000
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Live Commentary

  • 90' + 3'
    Despite a last minute rush from Cagliari, Napoli hold on to win the game.
  • 90'
    Napoli look for a third with Pazienza who shoots following a corner, but the Isolani clear the danger.
  • 89'
    Yebda shoots from range for Napoli... it's a poor effort though.
  • 87'
    Yellow CardEzequiel Lavezzi
  • 87'
    Yellow CardDavide Biondini
  • 87'
    Corner to Cagliari... Biondini takes it... cleared by Napoli.
  • 85'
    With five minutes to go, Cagliari throw everyone forward as they look for a last-gasp draw.
  • 83'
    Ohh! Mascara hits the post after latching onto a cross from Ruiz, but the upright denies him a goal after coming off the bench.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionAndrea Dossena Salvatore Aronica
  • 81'
    Just under ten minutes remain as Napoli stay ahead.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionMarek Hamsik Giuseppe Mascara
  • 79'
    SubstitutionSimone Missiroli Daniele Ragatzu
  • 79'
    Hard clash involving Lavezzi and Ariaudo, it looks bad, but they are soon back up as play resumes.
  • 77'
    Great defending from Santacroce who anticipates Acquafresca, but the striker is caught offside nevertheless.
  • 75'
    The Azzurri are on fire as they search for more goals here at San Paolo, Cagliari forced to defend under waves of pressure.
  • 73'
    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.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionRadja Nainggolan Andrea Lazzari
  • 71'
    Acquafresca with the header for his side... no trouble for De Sanctis as he catches the ball.
  • 69'
    Great clearace by Ruiz of Napoli as he blocks a good effort from Missiroli. Cagliari are fighting back.
  • 67'
    Donadoni has words with Cossu as he asks for more action from the Italian midfielder.
  • 65'
    Great play by Napoli... Cavani finds Hamsik, he shoots from a tight angle... ohhh! Side netting from the Slovakian ace!
  • 63'
    Napoli regain control with some slick play by the front men. Cagliari back to square one.
  • 61'
    AssistMarek Hamsik
  • 61'
    GoalEdinson Cavani
  • 61'
    GOAL! Napoli are back in front with Cavani! Hamsik plays the throughball... Agazzi off his line and the striker beats him with a lob!
  • 60'
    Hamsik for Zuniga... offside! Napoli starting to make mistakes after conceeding.
  • 59'
    Napoli's lead lasted just a few minutes, and they conceed their first goal in ten games.
  • 57'
    AssistAndrea Cossu
  • 57'
    GoalRobert Acquafresca
  • 57'
    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.
  • 55'
    Ohhh! The Azzurri could and should have doubled their lead, but Hamsik first, and the Yebda have their shots saved by Agazzi.
  • 53'
    For Cavani it's his 21 goal this term, and his first in four games.
  • 52'
    Napoli in charge and in control at the San Paolo as they dominate the game. Cagliari have no responses.
  • 51'
    Napoli in front thanks to Cavani's cooly converted penalty. Not the restart Cagliari wanted.
  • 49'
    AssistEzequiel Lavezzi
  • 49'
    Penalty GoalEdinson Cavani
  • 49'
    PENALTY FOR NAPOLI! Ariaudo brings down Lavezzi in the box following Zuniga's back heel! Cavani steps up... GOAL! Napoli in the lead.
  • 48'
    Yellow CardLorenzo Ariaudo
  • 47'
    Lavezzi and Cavani waste no time in getting the ball forward with pace... Cagliari clear the danger.
  • 45'
    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.
  • 45'
    Great challenge from Agostini on Cavani who was free and through on goal!
  • 43'
    Lavezzi goes down in the box under a challege from Perico, but it's no penalty as the striker smiles without protest.
  • 41'
    Cross-shot from Napoli's Zuniga from the right... the ball bounces out horribly as Mazzarri has the look of frustration on his face.
  • 39'
    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.
  • 37'
    Hamsik steps it up for Napoli and looks for Cavani... Cagliari scramble it clear.
  • 35'
    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.
  • 33'
    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.
  • 31'
    Not the best of game's at San Paolo with just a couple of half-chances at either end.
  • 29'
    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.
  • 27'
    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.
  • 26'
    Yellow CardDaniele Conti
  • 25'
    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.
  • 23'
    Napoli back on the ball as they try to press the opposition, but Mazzarri's men are not looking to sharp.
  • 21'
    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.
  • 19'
    Napoli respond with an attack of their own, but Ariaudo blocks the snap-shot from Hamsik.
  • 17'
    Acquafresca shows quick feet as he runs towards the edge of the area... his left-foot shot goes across the box.. ohhh just wide.
  • 15'
    Lavezzi does brilliantly down the flank and whips in a dagerous cross... Ariaudo clears for Cagliari.
  • 13'
    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.
  • 11'
    Good run from Lavezzi who tries to combine with Zuniga, but a misunderstanding between the two sees the chance break down.
  • 9'
    Plenty of aggressive attacking play from Cagliari... Cossu hits it towards Acquafresca who is free... ohhh! Offside. That was tight.
  • 8'
    Dossena with the volley for his Azzurri side... Agazzi makes the save.
  • 7'
    Plenty of tight action in midfield. Cossu wins the free-kick for Cagliari. It's taken quickly but Napoli clear with Cannavaro.
  • 5'
    Perico on the ball for the Sardinian side. He finds Nainggolan... no, his cross is poor and Napoli can restart.
  • 3'
    And it's the home side who attack first as Ruiz plays a long ball for Lavezzi, but the hitman is caught offside.
  • 1'
    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.