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Serie A

  • January 15, 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: L. Banti
  • • Attendance: 60000

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 4'
    And that's the end of the game. Napoli 0-0 Fiorentina as both teams share the points.
  • 90' + 3'
    Aronica goes for glory with a rifle of a shot, but it is central for Boruc who makes the save.
  • 90' + 1'
    Dumitru has a crack on goal, but it is too weak and easy for Boruc.
  • 89'
    Into the final minute and there will be at least three minutes of injury time to be played.
  • 87'
    It's an intense finale at the San Paolo as Dumitru comes on for Pazienza who looks tired.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionMichele Pazienza Nicolao Dumitru
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Hugo Campagnaro
  • 85'
    Five minutes of normal time remain at the San Paolo as both sides try a late charge for points.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionAdem Ljajic Mario Bolatti
  • 84'
    Another great interception by Pasqual who reads the pass from Lavezzi which was aimed for Cavani, but the Italian is there to the rescue in style as the Viola hang on for what seems destined to end in a draw.
  • 82'
    Fiorentina start to apply pressure for the first time in this game as they win the corner, but the resulting cross is poor in quality and execution as Campagnaro gets it away for Napoli.
  • 80'
    Cavani tries to twist and turn on the edge of the area but he takes too long and he is closed down by Pasqual. It has not been Cavani's night by any means.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionAlberto Gilardino K. Babacar
  • 77'
    Babacar comes on for Gilardino.
  • 75'
    Napoli maintaining their good work thus far as they continue to play well, but their finishing in the final third is not up to scratch as they struggle to breakthrough.
  • 73'
    Great solo run from Campagnaro who skips into the box with ball to feet, but he is challenged well by Pasqual who stops him from scoring.
  • 71'
    Maggio delivers the corner for Napoli, but Boruc comes out to save from Cannavaro with a sure catch.
  • 69'
    Marchionni comes on for Montolivo who comes off for Fiorentina as Mihajlovic makes some changes.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionRiccardo Montolivo Marco Marchionni
  • 67'
    Ohhh! Great strike from Donadel which just flies wide of De Sanctis' goal by inches. What a shot.
  • 65'
    Cross from the right comes in from Napoli, but neither Cavani nor Dossena can get on the end of it as another chance is wasted. Napoli have started much stronger in the second half and they have been dominating the affair.
  • 63'
    Cavani goes for the volley, but sees his effort cannon back off team-mate Lavezzi.
  • 61'
    De Silvestri sneaks in with a chance, but sends his attempt off target as the ball flies out. Mazzarri is up in arms off the bench as he screams at his men.
  • 59'
    This time it's Fiorentina's D'agostino who winds one up, but his effort is charged down by the Napoli defence.
  • 57'
    Pazienza shoots from distance, but his effort is one he will want to forget about in a hurry.
  • 55'
    SubstitutionJosé Sosa Hassan Yebda
  • 55'
    Sosa comes off for Yebda as Mazzarri makes changes to liven up his side.
  • 53'
    Good work by Cavani and Sosa as they combine, but the striker's return on the one-two pass and move is wayward and the chance breaks down.
  • 51'
    Ohhh! Aronica gets away with that one as he raises a hand at Ljajic, but referee Luca Banti fails to see the gesture and play continues. Napoli escape there.
  • 49'
    Lavezzi looks for Sosa with a decent touch, but he is soon closed down by Gamberini as Fiorentina win it back.
  • 47'
    Napoli win the free-kick with Lavezzi on the edge of the box... it's a poor effort though and Fiorentina are able to clear it.
  • 45'
    And we are back underway with Napoli for the second half. There have been no changes at the interval.
  • 45' + 2'
    And that's the end of an explosive half of action at the San Paolo. Napoli 0-0 Fiorentina. Excellent chances at both ends of the park, but no goals at the interval.
  • 45' + 1'
    Gargano smashes one from distance, but Boruc is there to gather without any real problems.
  • 45'
    Good dribbling by Santana, but the ball is central for De Sanctis as we approach the half time whistle.
  • 43'
    This time the cross from Maggio is sublime, but no-one in the box makes contact with the ball.
  • 41'
    Maggio does well going forward, but his cross in search of Lavezzi is weak. Napoli are not in top form in the final third as they continue wasting good openings.
  • 39'
    Ohhh! What a miss by Ljajic who fails to score from 12 yards out. The play-maker is all on his own in the middle of the box, but he fires wastefully over the bar.
  • 37'
    Lavezzi crosses into the box, but Cannavaro misses a great chance to stick his side ahead after the ball rebounds off Boruc following some excellent attacking play by the Azzurri.
  • 35'
    Mazzarri asks for more from Lavezzi and Sosa. Neither player is covering on the flanks when Napoli are on the back foot. Fiorentina continue to press.
  • 33'
    Pasqual shoots for the Viola, but De Sanctis is equal to it as he makes the save. Napoli have stepped off the gas here as Fiorentina take possession of the game.
  • 31'
    News from the bench is Grava has suffered a twisted right knee. The extent of the injury is unknown now, but likely to be revealed on Sunday when he goes for tests.
  • 29'
    Aronica has replaced Grava who has gone off with what seems like a serious knee injury. Not good, it happened following a challenge with Ljajic
  • 27'
    SubstitutionGianluca Grava Salvatore Aronica
  • 27'
    Napoli are beginning to look a little shaky. The Viola are making up ground with some good team football as the game balances out.
  • 25'
    Good work by Campagnaro who does well to stop Gilardino on the turn. Corner to Fiorentina... Gargano clears the ball for Napoli.
  • 23'
    Donadel and Santana combine well for the Viola. The cross reaches Gilardino, but he misses the target with a weak effort. Fiorentina on the up.
  • 21'
    Good run by Dossena who gets down the line, but his cut-back is easy pickings for Boruc as there is no Napoli player inside the box to tap home. Wasted chance.
  • 19'
    Mazzarri is furious with both Dossena and Sosa as they fail to control the ball on seperate occassions. Montolivo tries to spark Fiorentina into life as the game is played at a high tempo.
  • 17'
    Gargano fires high and wide for Napoli. They soon have the ball back though. Lavezzi goes one a trademark run, but he is stopped at the last by Pasqual who makes a good challenge.
  • 15'
    Napoli have not conceeded a goal here at home since November 21 when they beat Bologna 4-1.
  • 13'
    It's all Napoli as they continue to press Fiorentina. The visitors just can't get the ball out of their own half. Lavezzi wins the corner following some good skill, but Boruc catches the resulting cross.
  • 11'
    Ohhh! Maggio misses a great chance to score as he fires wide after the ball initially comes back of Pazienza. Fiorentina in trouble.
  • 9'
    Pasqual gets mixed up with Boruc and almost allows Cavani to take advantage, but the goalkeeper hits the ball out to touch.
  • 7'
    Fiorentina still on the back foot following an explosive start by Napoli. Montolivo tries to restore some calm by taking possession. The Viola are in for a bumpy ride it seems.
  • 5'
    Napoli have started aggressively here as Cavani smashes one over the bar following some neat work by Sosa. The midfielder is supplying good ammunition early on.
  • 3'
    Maggio finds Cavani with the cross, but Gamberini is there to block the effort. Fiorentina are winless in 15 games in the run up to this match away from home.
  • 1'
    And it's Fiorentina who get the game started. Napoli have not enjoyed second place in the league since the 1989/90 season when they won their second title.
  • And Fiorentina: De Silvestri, Gamberini, Kroldrup, Pasqual, Montolivo, D'Agostino, Donadel, Santana, Gilardino, Ljajic.
  • Napoli start with: De Sanctis, Grava, Cannavaro, Campagnaro, Maggio, Gargano, Pazienza, Dossena, Sosa, Lavezzi, Cavani.
  • Hello and welcome to's live commentary of the Serie A week 20 fixture between Napoli and Fiorentina at the San Paolo. Napoli will be hoping to maintain the pace on league leaders Milan, while Fiorentina coach Sinisa Mihajlovic looks for positive responses from his men. Marek Hamsik doesn't start for Napoli as he is suspended.