Saturday February 2, 2013 Day 23 Finished Stadio San Paolo

Napoli 2 - 0 Catania

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  1. Italian Serie A - Hamsik puts Napoli level with Juventus

    Italian Serie A - Hamsik puts Napoli level with Juventus

    Marek Hamsik scored one goal and made the other as Napoli beat Catania 2-0 to go level at the top of the table. More

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    Time:90'
    • Napoli
    • Catania
    • - That's it! The whistle goes, and Napoli go joint top of the table with a fine win - though Catania will curse the decision which saw a goal chalked off just when they needed a momentum boost.
    • 90'+4 Last chance for Catania as they have a free kick in Napoli's half, but all that happens is that Izco blasts over from long range.
    • 90'+2 Catania win another corner, but once again it comes to nothing.
    • 90' Four extra minutes signalled by the ref.
    • 89' Fans heading for the exits now - always nice beating the traffic when it's raining.
    • 88' Barrientos tries to slot through the gap for Bergessio, but Gamberini blocks it off.
    • 87' Lodi comes off, Doukara comes on for Catania - but it's futile for the visitors to make changes right now.
    • 86' Cavani now flicks on to Pandev, back to Inler, across to Insigne... but then cut out by Bellusci.
    • 85' Cavani makes a beautiful run in from the left, beating two men and almost rounding a third before going for a shot that's deflected off Rolin back to Inler. Inler has a crack, but it's dragged wide left.
    • 84' Donadel comes on for Zuniga, who appeared to hurt himself hitting that cross a few moments ago.
    • 83' Barrientos now tries a curler from outside the box - Gamberini really closed him down well there. Good defensive play.
    • 82' The ball comes out to Lodi from the corner, who tries a curler - but doesn't get enough on the ball.
    • 81' Catania's defence cut out Zuniga's ball across to Cavani and Catania hit on the break... and win a corner.
    • 80' Napoli trying to build something patiently on the left - the subs are fighting for their places in the side, with Insigne driving everything at the moment.
    • 79' Napoli move up on the break and Pandev is screaming for the ball, but Mesto instead slides it back to Inler whose weak ball out to the right effectively kills off the attack.
    • 78' Catania sub Almiron almost finds an opening, but there are four sky blue shirts waiting to cut him off as he runs into the box.
    • 77' Insigne replaces Hamsik, who came off only because of a slight knock from the looks of things.
    • 76' Hamsik comes off to an ovation after a match-winning contribution: one goal, one assist.
    • 75' Quarter of an hour left, and there's surely no way back for Catania now. Hard to see either team scoring as things are going at the moment.
    • 74' The ref actually awards the free kick against Barrientos - insult and injury. The referee won't be buying his own beers in the nightspots of Naples tonight.
    • 73' Clash of heads between Barrientos and Zuniga, with Barrientos trying to convince the referee it's a free kick offence.
    • 72' Napoli sub Inler - on for Behrami - collects the ball deep from the corner and thumps a shot in but it does not get beyond the first player.
    • 71' Napoli come up and win a corner now, Hamsik takes it short.
    • 70' The corner comes to nothing - those set pieces are so hard to get right in these appalling conditions.
    • 69' Another corner for Catania, Lodi will take this time.
    • 68' Superb corner by Gomez considering the wind must make it almost impossible to hit with precision - Bergessio gets a header on target at the far post but it's deflected off for another corner.
    • 67' Magical effort from Lodi, and the result is a corner - but the wind is so strong that Gomez can't even take it! The advertising hoardings are blowing down behind the goal - mental!
    • 66' Catania win a free kick dead in front, 30 yards out - Lodi will take and has it teed up nicely... AND IT'S A CRACKER! Stunning strike dipping low and left, pushed away desperately by the diving De Sanctis.
    • 65' Bergessio takes down Cannavaro from behind while trying to get to a long ball. Ref not impressed but no card.
    • 64' Catania move up again, winning a throw on the right - they're determined to keep plugging away and get back into this, but Napoli have seven men behind the ball at all times.
    • 63' Best chance of the half for Napoli as Mesto curls a ball in from the right onto Cavani's head - but he can't keep his header down.
    • 62' De Sanctis ignores Napoli's new safety-first as he decides to try and wrong-foot Bergession rather than just punting for the stands. It works.
    • 61' Napoli try an attack through the middle that fizzles out with Hamsik, who now appears to be up front on his own.
    • 60' Half an hour left, and Catania have got the possession stats back to 58-42 in Napoli's favour. That's a big swing from 68-32 earlier...
    • 59' Deep diagonal ball from Lodi on the left is overhit, and Gomez tries in vain to keep it in. Goal kick to Napoli.
    • 58' After that scare from the corner, Napoli are sitting back and keeping things tighter - they're avoiding attacking for fear of the counter.
    • 57' Dzemaili goes in the book for a poor challenge on Izco, and he'll be suspended for next week's match against Lazio.
    • 56' Catania keep looking for gaps, but they're feeding off scraps.
    • 55' Napoli defend the corner well, Cavani heading clear after being among the players covering back - Catania get it in again by De Sanctis collects before Bergessio can swoop.
    • 54' Catania win another corner, conceded by Bellusci clearing the decks.
    • 53' Catania hit on the break after the goal kick and Gomez tries his luck - but it's a big ask to score through a defender's legs from outside the box.
    • 52' Cavani connects well, but the ball lifts well over the bar.
    • 50' Napoli come forward and win a free kick - 30 yards out, just to the left. Cavani will take.
    • 49' Catania's players still fuming at that... rightly so.
    • 48' The goal going in outraged the home fans - easy to see why the match offiicals went along with the complaints, despite the fact that Zuniga clearly just slipped while in a 50-50 shirt pulling way with Bergessio. Ref and linesmen just want to get out of Napoli in one piece.
    • 47' Goal for Catania - DISALLOWED! Bergessio nods home a free header, but he is penalised for a shirt pull on Zuniga! Shocking decision for Catania - the shirt pulling was started by the Napoli defender....
    • 46' The game gets back under way, and Catania quickly win a corner.
    • 45'+1 The whistle goes to bring the half to an end with the home side delighted to be comfortably ahead.
    • 45'+1 Catania desperately break upfield, and Barrientos has a chance to pull the trigger with his left foot from the edge of the box. Nice strike, and a good diving save by De Sanctis.
    • 45' Napoli totally in charge of this match now- hard to see how Catania will fight back given the deteriorating conditions and the home advtange.
    • 44' Rain absolutely torrential now, with Napoli having a corner... AND IT'S 2-0! Cannavaro scores! The corner is hit long and finds Hamsik, who darts inside and sidefoots across the six-yard box where the veteran defender is there to guide it past Andujar!
    • 43' It's all kicking off now, with Napoli breaking and Pandev forcing Andujar into a diving save low to his left.
    • 42' Big miss by Catania now as Gomez runs onto a through ball and has a one-on-one with the keeper, but he slices wide - flag goes up late, though, he was offside.
    • 42' Catania hit on the break with Catania keeper Andujar smashing it upfield and Gomez very nearly getting on the end of it - only a diving header outside the box by De Sanctis stopped a goal!
    • 41' After that excitement we're back in action, Pandev to take the free kick from the left corner of the box... but it's deflected away.
    • 40' Replays show that the fight was started by Grava taking down Gomez off the ball - none of the officials saw it, from the looks of things.
    • 39' Hamsik is brought down by Rolin just outside the box - surely another yellow card for that, and both sets of players are going ballistic attacking each other.
    • 38' Cavani takes the free kick - and it's a belter that smashes against the crossbar! Incredible shot, and so close to a second goal!
    • 38' Napoli hit on the break and it's four against two... right up until Spolli brings him down just outside the box. It's a yellow card and a free kick.
    • 37' Massive penalty shout for Catania as Zuniga controls the ball on his left arm - pretty clear from the replays, but the ref didn't spot it.
    • 37' VERY nervous moment for Napoli as Barrientos crosses, and Gamberini very nearly buries it past his own keeper!
    • 36' Napoli are now happy to sit back and run the clock down to half time from the looks of things.
    • 35' Catania midfielder Biagianti tries a long diagonal ball into the box, but it's overhit and straight off for a goal kick.
    • 34' Izco takes a throw for Catania on the right, but Grava steps into collect it and clear.
    • 33' Catania suddenly start charging fowards - it's obviously plan B...
    • 32' Brilliantly well-worked goal from Hamsik - though Catania let him take his time picking a pass when they probably should have closed him down in the build-up.
    • 31' GOAL FOR NAPOLI! It's Marek Hamsik! The midfielder started the break himself through the middle, pinged it across to Zuniga on the left, whose half-shot-half-cross runs across to the far post where Hamsik is waiting to smash home from five yards.
    • 31' Catania get into the final third at last with Bergessio, perhaps in shock at having a half-chance, pulling the ball wildly across the face of goal.
    • 30' Cannavaro is making his 250th appearance for Napoli tonight - the same number made by Diego Maradona in his drug-addled, tax-averse spell here back in the 80s.
    • 29' Even a draw tonight would ensure that Napoli cannot be overtaken in second spot by Lazio this weekend.
    • 28' Linesman says it was a throw - dodgy call - but Napoli's attack fizzles out as Capuano depossesses Hamsik.
    • 27' Pandev picks up the ball on the right - Mesto in support... and he wins a corner.
    • 26' Having said that, Catania are repelling Naplli's attacks with consummate ease. There's been no proper chances so far.
    • 25' Napoli's possession stats now 67% - Catania are not in it at all...
    • 24' That's why footballers play-act: it works. Cavani quickly back on his feet and running around once the free kick goes his way.
    • 23' Cavani goes down like a sack of spuds as he's clattered by Rolin - he gets the ball, but the referee rules it a foul purely on the basis that the star striker was hurt.
    • 22' Crowd beginning to boo and whistle as Catania try to hang on to it for a bit. There's hospitality, Naples-style!
    • 21' Poorly-worked free kick - all the Napoli players were four yards ahead of the ball by the time it arrived in the middle of the box.
    • 20' Mesto wins a free kick out on the right, level with the edge of the box - Pandev will take.
    • 19' Still Napoli making all the running here....
    • 18' Napoli win a free kick, but it's cleared out of the box by Spolli.
    • 17' Napoli hit on the break, but Cavani fails to time his run properly and is offside.
    • 16' Catania win a free kick in the Napoli half and Lodi takes it - but it's headed straight away from the group of players in the box by Cannavaro.
    • 15' Napoli have had 61% of possession so far - feels like more though.
    • 14' Some half-hearted appeals for a penalty as Pandev goes down in the box under pressure from a defender, but the referee is having none of it.
    • 13' Hamsik and Pandev link up through the centre, probing carefully, but there's no way through.
    • 12' Catania look quiet so far - they are looking for only a second win here in club history.
    • 11' Napoli looking for ways through, but Catania keep on shutting the door.
    • 10' Napoli have looked patchy at the back this season, but with the form of their strike force - including Cavani's 18 goals so far - they are right in the thick of the title race.
    • 9' Barrientos makes a run through the middle and tries to release Bergessio, but the final ball is cut out by Grava.
    • 8' The match has died down into some midfield cat-and-mouse at the moment - nervy stuff.
    • 7' Catania are on a run of three wins in a row coming here tonight, despite an injury to playmaker Francesco Lodi - who is back in the side tonight.
    • 6' Valon Behrami goes in the book for a late challenge from behind on Izco.
    • 5' Catania win a free kick just inside the Napoli half that falls to Barrientos to volley from just outside the box. He connects well, but the ball flies well over.
    • 4' It's a disappointing one: Hamsik pings it in low, but it fails to get past the first man.
    • 3' Napoli win a free kick out wide left, level with the penalty spot...
    • 2' Catania come up the other end and Bergessio claims a penalty as he gets hauled over by Cannavaro. Ref having none of it.
    • 2' Fabulous early break by Napoli and Pandev almost opens in style: some ball juggling on the edge of the box - seriously - tees him up to try a volley, but it flies just high and wide left. That would have been goal of the year!
    • 1' The game is under way: Napoli put out a very strong side tonight: they start with Edinson Cavani and Goran Pandev up front, while midfielder Marek Hamsik also starts.
    • 19:44 The match was very nearly postponed, apparently: some sort of industrial unrest in Naples spilled over into the streets around the stadium, but luckily the trouble has been cleared before it could cause a problem. Possibly the weather sent the protesters home: it's been chucking it down, and the pitch is soaking.
    • 19:43 Catania are having a very good season and are right in the thick of the fight for the European spots. A win this evening would put them fifth, ahead of AC Milan and Fiorentina, though both of those sides play on Sunday.
    • 19:40 Napoli turn up tonight knowing that a victory would lift them level on points with Juventus at the top of Serie A. It might not last long if they do: Juve visit mid-table Chievo on Sunday morning.
    • 19:35 TEAMS: Napoli - De Sanctis; Grava, Cannavaro, Gamberini; Mesto, Behrami, Dzemaili, Hamsik, Zuniga; Pandev, Cavani. Subs: Rosati, Rolando, Armero, Donadel, Inler, El Kaddouri, Insigne, Calaiò. //// Catania - Andujar; Bellusci, Spolli, Rolin, Capuano; Izco, Lodi, Biagianti; Barrientos, Bergessio, Gomez. Subs: Frison, Terracciano, Marchese, Potenza, Augustyn, Salifu, Almiron, Ricchiuti, Doukara, Keko
    • 19:30 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Napoli's clash against Catania at Stadio San Paolo.
  • Summary

    • 67' Magical effort from Lodi, and the result is a corner - but the wind is so strong that Gomez can't even take it! The advertising hoardings are blowing down behind the goal - mental!
    • 66' Catania win a free kick dead in front, 30 yards out - Lodi will take and has it teed up nicely... AND IT'S A CRACKER! Stunning strike dipping low and left, pushed away desperately by the diving De Sanctis.
    • 47' Goal for Catania - DISALLOWED! Bergessio nods home a free header, but he is penalised for a shirt pull on Zuniga! Shocking decision for Catania - the shirt pulling was started by the Napoli defender....
    • 44' Rain absolutely torrential now, with Napoli having a corner... AND IT'S 2-0! Cannavaro scores! The corner is hit long and finds Hamsik, who darts inside and sidefoots across the six-yard box where the veteran defender is there to guide it past Andujar!
    • 42' Catania hit on the break with Catania keeper Andujar smashing it upfield and Gomez very nearly getting on the end of it - only a diving header outside the box by De Sanctis stopped a goal!
    • 38' Cavani takes the free kick - and it's a belter that smashes against the crossbar! Incredible shot, and so close to a second goal!
    • 37' VERY nervous moment for Napoli as Barrientos crosses, and Gamberini very nearly buries it past his own keeper!
    • 31' GOAL FOR NAPOLI! It's Marek Hamsik! The midfielder started the break himself through the middle, pinged it across to Zuniga on the left, whose half-shot-half-cross runs across to the far post where Hamsik is waiting to smash home from five yards.
    • 2' Fabulous early break by Napoli and Pandev almost opens in style: some ball juggling on the edge of the box - seriously - tees him up to try a volley, but it flies just high and wide left. That would have been goal of the year!
    • 19:35 TEAMS: Napoli - De Sanctis; Grava, Cannavaro, Gamberini; Mesto, Behrami, Dzemaili, Hamsik, Zuniga; Pandev, Cavani. Subs: Rosati, Rolando, Armero, Donadel, Inler, El Kaddouri, Insigne, Calaiò. //// Catania - Andujar; Bellusci, Spolli, Rolin, Capuano; Izco, Lodi, Biagianti; Barrientos, Bergessio, Gomez. Subs: Frison, Terracciano, Marchese, Potenza, Augustyn, Salifu, Almiron, Ricchiuti, Doukara, Keko
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    Manager: Walter Mazzarri

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    Manager: Rolando Maran

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