Serie A Round-Up: Antonio Di Natale Bags A Hat-Trick To Take Down Napoli

Elsewhere Bologna against Chievo falls victim to the snow, Bari draw with fellow strugglers Cesena, as do Brescia and Genoa, while Cagliari hang on for a victory over Lecce.
Bari 1-1 Cesena

The battle at the foot of Serie A didn't get into full swing until the second-half. Cesena have failed to collect points away from home this season while Bari have been able to defeat fellow strugglers on home turf. It was Cesena who took the lead from the penalty spot, Giuseppe Colucci converting. Their lead lasted just one minute, Bari forward Francesco Caputo equalising. Shared points has left both clubs stuck at the bottom of the table.

Bologna P-P Chievo

The game at the Stadio Dall'Ara was postponed due to heavy snowfall. Both captains agreed that conditions were unplayable at the appointed kick-off time, and waited for thirty minutes while the pitch lines were cleared. The attempts of ground staff were in vain; however, fans did enjoy a snowball fight.

Brescia 0-0 Genoa

A disappointing scoreless draw for Genoa away to Brescia prevents Il Grifone from climbing well into the top half of the table. However, the point was enough to take Brescia out of the relegation zone.

Cagliari 3-2 Lecce

The hosts made a dream start against struggling Lecce who ran Sampdoria close last weekend. Star striker Alessandro Matri bagging two goals in the first fifteen minutes to give the visitors an real mountain to climb to get back into the game. Defender Michele Canini made matters worse on the half-hour mark, adding a third. Lecce made two changes at half-time and the impact was almost immediate, Ruben Olivera pulling one back and David Di Michele gave the Lupi hope in the last ten minutes making it 3-2. But for the second week running, Lecce just fell short of picking up points.

Udinese 3-1 Napoli

Napoli made a good start against a shaky Zebrette defence but it was the hosts who took the lead early on. Alexis Sanchez was felled by keeper Morgan De Sanctis and Antonio Di Natale stepped up to convert the penalty. Napoli were left stunned just before half-time. A swift break was pushed out on the right to captain Di Natale, and the striker made it 2-0 with a swerving bullet into the top corner. The second-half started where the first left off. Di Natale completed his hat-trick in fortuitous fashion. The forward's corner was missed at the near post by Marek Hamsik and drifted straight in at the near post. The Slovakian however took revenge within one minute, blasting an unstoppable shot beyond Samir Handanovic. Hamsik then could and should have put the Azzurri back in the game, the captain denied from the penalty spot by Handanovic. The victory meant Udinese pulled themselves to within four points of fourth placed Napoli, while Napoli themselves failed to move into second with the top three all dropping points.

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