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Serie A

  • January 30, 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 54000

Live Commentary

  • Game over in Naples! Napoli continue their run of clean sheets and Cavani has his second hat-trick this month! 4-0 against Sampdoria and the never looked in the contest. Lavezzi was superb today and so were Napoli, they move to within four points of Milan.
  • 90' + 2'
    Lavezzi with a loose pass out to Dossena, quite possibly the first thing he has done wrong in his last 180 minutes of football.
  • 90' + 1'
    Three minutes of stoppage time. Campagnaro makes an excellent sliding tackle to stop Mannini.
  • 90'
    Cleared by Yebda but Sampdoria still have a chance. Biabiany lays the ball back to the edge of the box and Guberti smashes the shot well over.
  • 89'
    Santacroce fouls Mannini in shooting range, what can Sampdoria do this time?
  • 87'
    Sampdoria look so predicatable in the final third as Mannini crosses, Maccarone is the only man in the box and watches the ball drift behind him and out for a goal-kick.
  • 86'
    Lavezzi is giving everything to the end of this game and really deserves a goal. He looked to have the beating of Dessena but it's a corner. Curci saves from Gargano and here is Lucarelli!!Saved again!!... Lucerelli has been flagged offside.
  • 85'
    Zuniga with a better cross this time from the right but Accardi leaps highest to clear and Sampdoria move forward with Mannini.
  • 84'
    A thumped clearance is chased hard by Lavezzi and Accardi only just makes it to boot out of play.
  • 83'
    Zuniga's cross is too high and Curci claims, but his quick release can't find a dark blue shirt and Napoli have the ball once more.
  • 82'
    Yellow Card Andrea Poli
  • 81'
    Another yellow card as Napoli burst free again...and guess who?Yes, Lavezzi found himself with support and was furious Poli pulled him back. The free-kick from Gargano is simple for Curci.
  • 81'
    Another yellow card as Napoli burst free again...and guess who?Yes, Lavezzi found himself with support and was furious Poli pulled him back. The free-kick from Gargano is simple for Curci.
  • 80'
    This time Yebda gets a clean connection on his header but Curci catches down the middle of his goal.
  • 79'
    Napoli have a free-kick despite Guberti's complaints he was slapped by Gargano. Sosa to take and Yebda can't direct his header. Another free-kick as Ziegler dumps over Sosa and enough is enough for the referee who books the Swiss defender.
  • 78'
    Dessena fires a woeful shot to end Sampdoria's attack and the fans have gone slightly quiet for the first time since the start of the game.
  • 77'
    Morgan De Sanctis will be wondering if he will have to do anything in this second-half. Maccarone is brought to a stop by Cribari.
  • 75'
    Napoli have forced Sampdoria all the way back to Curci in goal and the Blucerchiati will start again. Poor pass out to Ziegler, throw-in for the hosts and we have 15 minutes remaining in Naples.
  • 74'
    Another poor delivery for Samp. Mannini tries twice more but Napoli clear them both.
  • 73'
    Zuniga took the powerful shot from Ziegler on the head and the Colombian has stayed down. Sampdoria wait to take a corner while the Napoli man slowly trudges off.
  • 72'
    Mannini is fouled at the edge of the box, a chance for a consolation here for Sampdoria who have failed to create anything this half.
  • 71'
    Napoli have twenty minutes to find a fifth goal for the first time this season.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionPaolo Cannavaro Cribari
  • 69'
    SubstitutionFernando Tissone Andrea Poli
  • 69'
    Tissone is making way Poli. Cannarvo comes off for Cribari as Napoli make a change too.
  • 64'
    Lavezzi skips round Dessena with a tasty flick and speeds away but Volta saves the full-back deep in the penalty box, corner for Napoli.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionEdinson Cavani Cristiano Lucarelli
  • 63'
    On comes Lucarelli for only his second appearance this season, and Sampdoria will be pleased to see the back of Cavani.
  • 62'
    Campagnaro lifts the ball into space down the left and Cavani is again free in the box but lifts his header over.
  • 61'
    Biabiany loses out to Santacroce and Napoli are unrelenting today. Amazing work ethic from the hosts.
  • 60'
    Dossena cuts out a pass from Mannini but he the full-back loses the ball too easily. Cannavaro does the covering brilliantly on Maccarone.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionMarek Hamsik José Sosa
  • 58'
    Sosa will replace Hamsik who gets a standing ovation from the Napoli faithful. An excellent game from the Slovak international.
  • 57'
    Assist Marek Hamsik
  • 57'
    Goal Edinson Cavani
  • 57'
    HAT-TRICK!!! Cavani makes it 4-0...Gargano fed Hamsik and both the Slovakian and Cavani were in on goal but Hamsik was unselfish to play the striker in for a simple tap-in.
  • 56'
    SubstitutionFederico Macheda Jonathan Biabiany
  • 56'
    Biabiany will replace Macheda who has been a little disappointing today. What can the former Inter man do on debut.
  • 55'
    Napoli are holding on to the ball and making Sampdoria do the running if they want something from this game. Biabiany is ready to come for Sampdoria.
  • 53'
    Sampdoria are dispossed in the middle of the park and this time Curci collects a deflected cross.
  • 51'
    Yellow Card Ezequiel Lavezzi
  • 51'
    Yebda is penalised for high feet on Palombo, a central free-kick for Sampdoria. Lavezzi is booked for not retreating ten yards. He is now suspended for the match with Chievo. Palombo fires high and wide.
  • 50'
    SubstitutionLuciano Zauri Daniele Dessena
  • 50'
    Zauri is being replaced for Dessena, the poor right-back has had a nightmare against Lavezzi.
  • 48'
    Assist Ezequiel Lavezzi
  • 48'
    Goal Marek Hamsik
  • 48'
    Lavezzi was at the centre of the move again, flying down the left wing and pulled it back for Hamsik, who brilliantly placed his shot for his 8th of the season.
  • 48'
    The heavy rain before the game is starting to effect the pitch, as Zauri whips in a ball for Sampdoria but a calm and composed Napoli clear and come forward. GOOOAAALLL!!! Hamsik!
  • 47'
    The second-half starts the way the first ended with Napoli in possession. No changes at half-time and Cavani should have had his hat-trick! Dossena finds the forward free in the box but his header is weak.
  • 2-0 at half-time and it's Cavani who has both for Napoli. Sampdoria have done little in this first 45 minutes to suggest this game will change. Lavezzi has been outstanding so far for the Partenopei. A stunning start for Napoli, worring if your a Sampdoria fan.
  • 45'
    Yellow Card Pietro Accardi
  • 45'
    Penalty Goal Edinson Cavani
  • 45'
    Curci goes the wrong way and Cavani's name is being boomed out round the San Paolo! Lavezzi with another class ball into the forward for the pen. Amazingly Accardi only got a yellow card despite being last man. A sympathy vote from the referee I feel.
  • 45'
    Accardi's week has gone bad to worse as he brings down Cavani in the box. CAAAVVVAAANNNIII!!!! 2-0
  • 44'
    Penalty to Napoli!
  • 43'
    Accardi steals the ball from Cavani, after the Napoli forward had shown quick feet to escape two defenders and Sampdoria break. Mannini fails to find Macheda with his cross.
  • 42'
    Sampdoria are struggling to keep the ball and this has allowed Napoli to completely dominate the first 45 minutes.
  • 41'
    Yellow Card Massimo Volta
  • 40'
    Volta is now shown a yellow card for holding on to Lavezzi. The Argentine fooled his marker with a clever spin, as Volta came across to cover for Zauri.
  • 40'
    Cavani gives Zuniga a poor pass and Sampdoria clear to Maccarone. The striker has won a free-kick in his own half off Santacroce.
  • 39'
    Super take by Curci as Campagnaro drifts a dangerous cross in towards Cavani.
  • 38'
    Yellow Card Fernando Tissone
  • 38'
    Zuniga is pulled back by Tissone and the Argentine is shown the yellow card. The foul was right on the edge of the area.
  • 36'
    A fantastic pass from Lavezzi again spreads the play to Hamsik, and the Slovakian plays a simple but effect pass for Gargano, Accardi is there. The corner is headed wide by Cannavaro.
  • 34'
    Napoli have a corner and they are buzzing! Cavani!!! Ooh so close...Volta just did enough to put off the Uruguayan from a drilled cross. Curci collects the ball on his line.
  • 33'
    Accardi helps out Ziegler to win the ball off Cavani but the visitors are not helping Macheda and Maccarone with hopeful long balls.
  • 32'
    Zuniga tries his luck from 25-yards out and Curci does well to hold the ball with Napoli forwards closing around the keeper.
  • 31'
    Lavezzi is everywhere this half and forces a dramatic clearance from Ziegler to deny Cavani a second with the goal gaping.
  • 29'
    Maccarone is found in space and tries an audacious shot, which flies high, wide and...well the least said the better.
  • 28'
    Maccarone chases a wayward pass and wins a corner for Sampdoria. Taken short and what a chance!! Guberti with an air-shot!! He was completely free in the box.
  • 27'
    Almost half an hour played and Cavani's strike is the only thing seperating the two teams. Sampdoria are still in this game but they need to lift themselves.
  • 26'
    Lavezzi this time slows the break down for the Azzuri but Sampdoria get men behind the ball and have won a throw-in.
  • 25'
    Mannini is back on his feet and hobbling off. Sampdoria re-start and it's another free-kick as Cavani thunders into Accardi.
  • 24'
    Yellow Card Hassan Yebda
  • 24'
    A bad couple of minutes for Yebda who goes into the book for a tackle on Mannini, the Sampdoria man brought to the ground screaming in pain.
  • 23'
    Lavezzi takes on Volta on the left of the area but the defender did well to stick with the Argentine and it's a corner. All Napoli now.
  • 22'
    Ziegler is run down by Lavezzi and Sampdoria are forced into conceding a throw. They look rattled after a bright start.
  • 21'
    It should have been two for Napoli!!! Lavezzi showed his class with a cheeky flick into the area for Hamsik, who fed Yebda but the midfielder blasted over.
  • 19'
    Yebda is down after an aerial challenge with Zauri, it looked like the Sampdoria right-back led with his elbow.
  • 17'
    Napoli burst out from defence, Lavezzi ran at the heart of the defence and fed Cavani. The forward left Accardi on the floor and cooly placed his shot into the bottom corner. 1-0!
  • 16'
    Assist Ezequiel Lavezzi
  • 16'
    Goal Edinson Cavani
  • 16'
    Guberti hits a long pass for Maccarone to chase, and he will get there! Pulled back but there's nobody with the striker. Napoli Break quickly, here's Lavezzi...Cavani!!! GOAAALLLL!
  • 15'
    Volta comes across to slide out Cavani, Yebda created that break for Napoli with a nice nutmeg on Mannini.
  • 14'
    Straight into the wall from Palombo! Cleared by Dossena.
  • 13'
    A second corner for Sampdoria fails to beat Cavani at the near post but Palombo earns a clever free-kick right on the edge of the area.
  • 12'
    Maccarone turns Santacroce and releases Macheda, the striker can't get the ball out from under his feet and Cannavaro makes the block, corner.
  • 11'
    A free-kick is collected by Curci coming off his line, he pauses to allow the game to take a break.
  • 10'
    Sampdoria come straight back at Napoli, this is proving to be a promising start. Guberti fires a cross...punched clear by De Sanctis in the Napoli goal! He gets good distance and Napoli break. Cavani is in the box...can't connect on Yebda's cross!! End to end in Naples.
  • 8'
    The tempo is beginning to pick up as Napoli play some nice one touch football, Cavani is brought down but no free-kick.
  • 7'
    Yebda commits a foul on Mannini near the half-way line. The ball drops from Guberti, who can hit them, but it was a tame effort.
  • 6'
    Zuniga works his way into the Samp box with a nice one-two but his drilled cross flies through the box with Cavani waiting for the pull-back. Good move from Napoli.
  • 5'
    Sampdoria are seeing much more of the ball than the hosts presently, as a long ball drops comfortably for De Sanctis.
  • 3'
    Santacroce clears the lines of Napoli but the danger is still there and Macheda forces a save low to De Sanctis' left.
  • 1'
    The game begins with Napoli shooting right to left and Ziegler causes problems straight away for Napoli with a low cross.
  • Sampdoria try to build from the back but a poor pass floats into De Sanctis. Poli is about to come on for the Blucerchiati.
  • Sampdoria: Curci; Zauri, Volta, Accardi, Ziegler; Mannini, Tissone, Palombo, Guberti; Macheda, Maccarone
  • Napoli: De Sanctis;Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Santacroce, Dossena; Gargano, Hamsik, Yebeda, Zuniga; Lavezzi, Cavani
  • Welcome to Stadio San Paolo for this afternoon's clash between Napoli and Sampdoria. The hosts will be hoping to close the gap on Serie A leaders Milan, after Robinho and Ibrahimovic helped the Rossoneri go seven points clear of Napoli yesterday. will keep you up to date with all the action as it happens.