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February 12, 2011
• Stadio Olimpico, Roma
Referee: M. Bergonzi
• Attendance: 32354
E. Cavani 50', 83'
90' + 4'
The final whistle is blown and Napoli pick up their first win at the Stadio Olimpico against Roma since 1994. The Azzurri keep pace with Milan thanks to Edinson Cavani's brace. 2-0 is the final from the Eternal City.
90' + 3'
Lavezzi is hacked down once again and wins a late free kick that he's in no hurry to take.
90' + 1'
Maggio tries to push the ball past Riise but is unable to get round the Norwegian full-back.
The fourth official indicates there will be four minutes of extra time.
The Stadio Olimpico is rocking right now but it's the travelling Napoli supporters that are making all of the noise.
Roma win a free kick but Totti's poor effort crashes into the wall much to the dismay of the Giallorossi faithful.
Assist Paolo Cannavaro
Goal Edinson Cavani
GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!! Cavani puts the match to bed as he's first to a Cannavaro cross and directs the ball past Julio Sergio!
Yellow Card Marco Cassetti
Yellow Card Hugo Campagnaro
The cards are coming out fast and furious now as Cassetti is booked for taking down Zuniga.
Campagnaro is shown a yellow card for taking Borriello down from behind. Time is becoming a factor for Roma.
Fabio Henrique Simplicio
OH!!! Lavezzi has a wonderful chance to kill the match off but he can't beat Julio Sergio one-on-one and Cavani blazes the follow-up over the bar!
OH!!! Menez cuts inside and unleashes a bullet that forces De Sanctis into a diving save!
Menez finds Rosi on the flank but he is forced backwards and the attack fizzles out.
De Rossi long, raking pass finds Vucinic who sends in a cross that is too close to De Sanctis.
Napoli win a corner and Lavezzi's delivery is cleared away by Riise.
Totti is warming up on the touchline as it looks as if he will be introduced shortly.
Napoli have the ball in the back of the net but the goal is correctly ruled out for offside.
Maggio finds Lavezzi in space on the right hand side but his low cross is blocked by Riise.
Roma are in desperation mode as they need a goal to keep their hopes of staying in the title race alive.
Napoli have ten men behind the ball right now as they invite Roma to come an attack them.
Yellow Card Simone Perrotta
It's Perrotta's turn to go into the book for a rash challenge.
Riise wins the ball back with a sliding tackle but Vucinic's ensuing shot is blocked as is De Rossi's effort.
Yellow Card Daniele De Rossi
OH!!! Napoli almost double their lead as Dossena's low ball for Cavani is punched away by Julio Sergio.
It's all Napoli right now as they string some passes together in their own half of the field.
Assist Marek Hamsik
Penalty Goal Edinson Cavani
Yellow Card Juan
GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!! Cavani steps up and his low shot hits both posts and sneaks in! Napoli lead 1-0!
PENALTY!!!! Hamsik is through on goal and Juan clips his legs from behind and the ref wastes no time in pointing to the spot!
The second half is under way with Menez on for Taddei.
Yellow Card Andrea Dossena
Bergonzi blows his whistle to end a bad-tempered first half with neither team able to break the scoreless deadlock.
Lavezzi finds Hamsik over the top but the Slovakian's volley fails to hit the target.
Vucinic goes down and wins a free kick for his side 40 yards from goal. De Rossi's chip for Juan is headed out by Campagnaro.
Sloppy play by both teams as they take turns giving the ball away.
Rosi is called for a handball in a very dangerous position. Lavezzi's ensuing delivery eventually falls to Dessena who unleashes a rocket that misses the top corner.
Perrotta does well to win the ball back in the centre of the pitch and finds Vucinic but he loses possession very cheaply and the attack fizzles out.
Cavani runs at the Roma defence and unleashes a low drive that is wide of the target.
Juan makes an awkward clearance in his own area that Cavani pounces on but his shot is blocked by three Roma defenders.
Yellow Card Salvatore Aronica
Taddei concedes a free kick at the edge of his own penalty area. OH!!! Gargano stands over the ball and curls a shot around the wall that Julio Sergio palms away!
Maggio creeps behind the Roma defence and Riise has to make a last gasp tackle to stop him from pulling the trigger.
A rash of fouls have slowed the tempo of this match down to a snail's pace.
Pazienza tries his luck from 22 yards but his shot sails high into the crowd.
Yellow Card Ezequiel Lavezzi
Yellow Card Aleandro Rosi
Both sets of players are still squaring up to each other and pointing fingers at one another as this game could get out of control.
The match is heating up as Cassetti is claiming that Lavezzi spit on him.
Roma are enjoying a good spell but Vucinic's cross is poor with Borriello unmarked in the box.
OH!!!! Vucinic plays a wonderful one-two with Simplicio and unleashes a drive from 12 yards that De Sanctis does well to save! First big chance of the match!
Roma have a half-chance as De Rossi is first to Taddei's delivery but directs his shot wide of the target.
A good pace to this match so far with the crowd in full voice as the importance of the occasion is not lost on them.
Hamsik runs at the Roma defence and plays in a lovely ball that Julio Sergio punches out with Cavani lurking dangerously.
Play is halted as Aronica is down injured after Simplicio's trailing foot caught the defender square in the face.
De Rossi's long pass finds a streaking Riise who does well to win the first corner of the game.
Vucinic does well to skip past a couple of defenders but his pass intended for Borriello rolls straight into the hands of De Sanctis.
Mauro Bergonzi gets the match under way with Claudio Ranieri starting Borriello and Vucinic upfront while Walter Mazzarri counters with the attacking triumvirate of Hamsik, Lavezzi and Cavani.
Welcome to Goal.com’s live coverage of the Serie A. Tonight’s match comes to you from the Eternal City where Roma will lock horns with Napoli in what should be an absolutely enthralling encounter. The Giallorossi desperately need a win to jump back in the race for the Scudetto while the Partenopei will look for all three points to keep pace with leaders Milan. Stay tuned for all of the action!
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