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Serie A

  • October 26, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: A. De Marco
  • • Attendance: 48000

Napoli 2-0 Udinese: Lavezzi and Maggio inflict visitors' first defeat of the season

Walter Mazzarri’s side were never really troubled at home and moved back up the league table after they outclassed Francesco Guidolin's men in rainy Naples

Napoli have regained their winning touch in Serie A after securing a 2-0 victory over Udinese at the San Paolo on Wednesday.

First-half goals from Ezequiel Lavezzi and Christian Maggio ensured Walter Mazzarri's outfit halted their three-match winless run.
It was the home side who dominated the early part of proceedings, with a continuous barrage of shots forcing Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic into action. Marek Hamsik appeared to have broken the deadlock just 10 minutes in, climbing highest to nod in Lavezzi's free-kick, but the linesman's flag was up for offside.

Nonetheless, Napoli's early pressure was aptly rewarded as Lavezzi gave his side the lead on 20 minutes, collecting Edinson Cavani's inch-perfect lob over the Udinese backline and firing a splendid first-time volley past Handanovic.

Kwadwo Asamoah tried to answer back quickly for the visitors but his two long-range strikes were pushed away by Morgan De Sanctis.

Napoli then extended their lead moments before the break as Maggio met Blerim Dzemaili's pinpoint cross from the left-hand side with his head to make it 2-0.

The second half was a far more settled affair, as Napoli seemed content with their winning position. Udinese, however, were desperate to salvage a result, with the arrival of Diego Fabbrini at half-time a sign of their intentions.

However, the likes of Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Giampiero Pinzi were once more heavily exposed to the free-flowing nature of Napoli's high-octane midfield, who continued to dictate the tempo of game.

Juan Zuniga, a second-half substitute for Napoli, almost claimed a third after the ball fell to him via a defensive mistake from the visitors, but he couldn't find the finish despite the goal at his mercy, .

Napoli now climb to fifth in Serie A, while Udinese's unbeaten start is now over.