Had to make a string of fine saves in the first half to keep his side on level terms, but was eventually beaten by Hamsik before the sucker punch of Cavani’s goal at the near post.
Not as good a performance as he has been able to turn in of late. Often pinned back by the free flowing football of Napoli, which stifled his attacking style.
Quick to cover when Lavezzi escaped the attention of Ziegler early on, and was pretty strong for long spells, but was caught flatfooted as Hamsik equalised.
Could do little to stem the tide of attacks down his wing as Hamsik and Dossena proved constant threats and was eventually outdone by Lavezzi for the winner.
Booked for a cynical challenge on Lavezzi inside 10 minutes and never reached his potential. Might wonder whether he would have been better off going in with his feet to challenge Cavani on the winner.
Looked increasingly unable to cope with the probing runs through the middle that Napoli made freely throughout, often resorting to last ditch fouls in order to keep the visitors at bay. He eventually paid for the tactic in conceding the free-kick from which the visitors equalised.
Sampdoria look a more dangerous side with him in the team, but also tend to look more vulnerable given his inability to create a real presence in midfield.
Remained a danger without featuring heavily, and sent in one delicious cross which Gastaldello should arguably have reached. Replaced by Mannini before the glut of late goals.
Had real opportunities in both halves, sliding a left foot shot wide from the edge before the break and making a great run before smashing a 20-yard effort against the bar midway through the second half. Didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.
A rather quiet reintroduction after injury. Though he always remained a danger, he never looked close to the form he displayed before his recent knock. Will doubtless come good again soon.
Always on hand to be Samp’s creative outlet, he suffered from the harsh attention of the Napoli back three – particularly Grava – and a referee unwilling to put his foot down. His cool head seemed to have settled the game from the penalty spot.
M. De Sanctis
Not overly stretched, despite Samp breaching the Napoli defence through the middle from time to time. Thankful to see Guberti’s effort come back off the bar, but could do little to stop Cassano’s assured spot kick.
Clumsy barge on Cassano could easily have resulted in a penalty, and was later penalised for an arguably softer challenge on Pozzi, but he can hardly claim innocence having gotten away with it once. Did deal fairly well with Pazzini that being said.
A constant headache for the home side as he played the role of winger rather than wing-back for large periods. Provided the first incision on many of Napoli’s most dangerous moments.
Napoli’s best defender by far, and also made an astonishing first half run which should probably have been converted by Cavani.
One of his best performances since returning to the peninsula. A constant threat down the left, he linked with Hamsik many a time and forced Curci into an excellent save on the stroke of half-time. Faded in the second half, but still had the better of his battle with Semioli.
Got into a muddle with De Sanctis which could have resulted in Samp taking the lead completely against the run of play and made countless niggly fouls on Cassano which eventually led to him being booked.
A typically combative and stylish display from the Uruguayan, he could easily have opened the scoring early in the second half when he flashed a shot just across the face. Then curled an excellent free-kick onto the bar in response to Guberti’s effort moments earlier before his quick thinking made the equaliser for Hamsik.
The timing and angle of his running caused Sampdoria problems throughout, and deservedly got on the scoresheet with his clever run, touch and finish from Gargano’s quick free-kick.
More than got through his shift in midfield as he aided Gargano in setting the platform for the away side.
Threatened to breach Sampdoria’s back line regularly, and was at the heart of much of the visitors’ positive football, especially early in the proceedings. Then popped up four minutes from time to swing in a delightful cross to enable Cavani to settle the game.
The kind of player who can look really ill at ease in a game but then step up for a single second and win a game. His 86th minute winner came after several arguably better opportunities had been passed up. Three goals in three games ain’t a bad start.