Saturday February 12, 2011 Day 25 Finished Stadio Olimpico

AS Roma 0 - 2 Napoli

  • Cavani 49’ (pen.), 83’

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  1. Cavani at the double as Napoli stun Roma

    Cavani at the double as Napoli stun Roma

    Edinson Cavani took his season goal tally to 20 with a second-half brace in Napoli’s 2-0 Serie A win at Roma. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • AS Roma
    • Napoli
    • 90+4 And there it is! Napoli win at Roma, they go back to three points behind Milan and this title race is still on!
    • 90+3 Roma have all but given up now, Napoli closing it out professionally...
    • 90+1 Campagnaro runs it out for a goal kick to Napoli.
    • 90' Four minutes added time.
    • 89' Napoli break through Lavezzi, who takes it to the corner. Goal kick.
    • 88' Finally Totti shoots from the free-kick but it hits the wall.
    • 87' Pazienza seems hurt. Cramp. Wah.
    • 86' Free-kick to Roma on the edge of the box, Pazienza fouling Greco and hurting himself in the process.
    • 85' NAPOLI SUB: Mascara comes on for Cavani. Ovation for him.
    • 84' That's that then but Cavani is hurt, landing heavily while scoring. His 20th of the season.
    • 83' The ball is played wide to Cannavaro and he pings in a wicked cross FOR CAVANI FLYING IN WITH A FLYING FINISH AND IT'S 2-0! Game set and match.
    • 82' Napoli waste time with the free-kick, taking it short.
    • 81' Cassetti scythes down Zuniga and scuttles off. Hang on, he's been booked and surely that's a second yellow too? But no, he walks off. Hmmm. Either this ref has no memory or officials are signalling bookings that never happened.
    • 80' Campagnaro is now booked. I make that eight, nine if you include Dossena's phantom yellow.
    • 78' ROMA SUB: Totti and Greco on for Simplicio and I think Vucinic...
    • 77' Long ball over the top and Lavezzi runs through and he is somehow onside and must score but GREAT SAVE SERGIO and Cavani must tuck the rebound away but wide!
    • 76' The corner is met by Vucinic but out for a goal kick as Totti warms up.
    • 75' Menez cracks in a superb shot from the edge of the D that De Sanctis turns behind! From nothing that. Corner.
    • 74' The Roma fans are holding up banners for Totti. He's not on though...
    • 73' NAPOLI SUB: Yebda on for Hamsik.
    • 72' Vucinic crosses but De Sanctis claims. Yebda is getting ready to come on.
    • 71' Vucinic rolls the ball in to Borriello but Campagnaro clears. I note a theme developing.
    • 70' Perrotta rolls one in and Vucinic plays it across goal but Campagnaro shepherds it back to the keeper De Sanctis.
    • 68' Napoli try to slow it down and Campagnaro wins a throw on the left.
    • 67' Borriello just makes a ball down the left and his cross is good but Aronica flies across to head clear!
    • 65' GOAL NAPOLI but Cavani is offside! Good play as Zuniga crosses for the Uruguayan but the winger went too early.
    • 64' Borriello wins it back and knocks the ball to De Rossi but Perrotta gives it away.
    • 63' Borriello is denied by Cannavaro coming across to clear.
    • 61' Roma have a free-kick on halfway. Will Totti make an entrance?
    • 59' NAPOLI SUB: Zuniga on for Dossena.
    • 58' Another yellow card, this time Perrotta. Seventh of the game so far. He kicked Lavezzi on the knee.
    • 57' Napoli break, Hamsik releasing Cavani, on the right, inside to Dossena who crosses but Juan heads away. Only to Hamsik though but then a poor ball from Maggio, claimed by Sergio.
    • 56' Perrotta goes down and loses the ball but a super Riise tackle wins it back. Now De Rossi but he can't shoot, Vucinic crosses but cleared.
    • 54' Cavani is okay and continues to argue over that.
    • 53' Yellow card for De Rossi after a late tackle that leaves Cavani down injured.
    • 51' Borriello could be in but Menez's ball is just behind him!
    • 50' Okay. The rules are that the penalty taker cannot put the rebound away unless it touches the opposition player (in this case the keeper). Roma insist Sergio did not push the ball on to the post - correctly as he didn't - but the goal stands because it crossed the line when it came off the second post. It did too, as the replay shows. Good decision.
    • 49' Cavani to take... GOAL NAPOLI! Phew! Against the inside of the post, across the line and off the inside of the other post and Cavani rams the loose ball home and there's a huge controversy as Roma are insistent that it shouldn't stand!
    • 48' Hmmm. The replay hints that Lavezzi tripped himself up. Juan is booked.
    • 47' Lavezzi rolls a lovely ball into Hamsik and Juan trips him! Penalty! Juan could be in trouble...
    • 46' Second half underway!
    • 46' ROMA SUB: Menez on for Taddei.
    • 45+2 Half-time and goalless after a shirty, fractious 45 minutes.
    • 45+1 How odd. We were told Dossena was booked for his foul earlier, but no it seems as he doesn't look remotely sheepish after walking away. Wasted in the end.
    • 45' Yellow for Dossena sliding in, who surely has already been booked?
    • 44' Another corner as Maggio draws a crunching tackle from Juan. And another corner! Good pressure Napoli.
    • 43' Hamsik with a super ball for Cavani but flicked away for a corner.
    • 41' No, De Rossi clips it in for Juan but Campagnaro throws himself at it to head behind. Corner, and an injury to the Napoli defender.
    • 40' Roma have a free-kick arond 35 yards out which De Rossi will take... but hang on, Riise is there too so may shoot.
    • 38' Lavezzi to take this then and it's a good one that Cavani flies in to meet but headed away by Juan! Super header, and Dossena smacks the rebound wide.
    • 37' Free-kick to Napoli on the left after Rosi handles, but Cavani touched it with his arm too. Tut tut to Cavani for asking for a card.
    • 36' No he hasn't been booked. My bad. Just a word for him anyway.
    • 35' Roma come forward but Lavezzi is caught by Simplicio. Hmmm, he's already been booked.
    • 33' Lavezzi puts the corner near post from the other side this time and Pazienza flies in but blocked for another corner.
    • 32' Juan struggles with the pace of Lavezzi after Pazienza lobs it down the right, corner in the end.
    • 31' Sloppy defending by Juan who fails to clear from Lavezzi, and it drops to Cavani but he's closed down and Cassetti blocks!
    • 30' Simplicio is fouled by Aronica, who is booked. A highish arm but not worth a card.
    • 29' Free-kick to Roma now after Taddei fouls. Lavezzi and Gargano over it... Over.
    • 28' Taken short but Campagnaro back to Lavezzi AND HE DRIVES IN THE CROSS FOR CAVANI but somehow Sergio flies in to keep it out!
    • 27' Super tackle by Riise to deny Maggio after a mazy run inside from the right. Corner.
    • 26' Rosi swings in a nice cross from the right but De Sanctis is equal to it.
    • 25' Oh this is silly. Borriello and De Sanctis have a moan after the Roma striker claims the keeper dropped the ball out of play. Every little thing is becoming a flashpoint.
    • 24' De Rossi plays the free-kick but Juan is pushing and Napoli have a free-kick.
    • 23' Dossena with a clear shoulder into the face of Taddei when the Roma midfielder came across to challenge him. Now. It wasn't a clear elbow but he made target for Taddei's face, clearly deliberate. Booking.
    • 22' Cassetti is also booked for his part in the histrionics. Cassetti is still furious. Come on soft lad, he didn't nut you so get over it.
    • 21' This is silly. They are all going spare at the ref because Lavezzi and Cassetti had some kind of row... Lavezzi is booked but frankly it was handbags.
    • 20' Cassetti is screaming something at the ref. Something has happened off the ball...
    • 19' Simplicio with a high ball for Borriello but De Sanctis claims easily.
    • 18' A flashpoint between Dossena and Taddei, who go head to head. It calms soon enough though.
    • 17' Campagnaro drills in a low ball AND MAGGIO SURELY but hacked away! Cassetti I think!
    • 16' Lavezzi with a cross that no-one has moved to meet but Riise doesn't get a call and heads it out for a corner, with little pressure.
    • 15' Roma counter from the corner and Vucinic is in but De Sanctis holds on to his shot, which was too close to the Napoli keeper. Should have done better.
    • 14' Napoli have a corner that Lavezzi will take... He swings it in near post but the ref makes him retake it.
    • 13' Taddei puts the corner in but it flies off De Rossi for a goal kick. He claims it was a corner.
    • 12' Roma knocking it about nicely enough as Taddei almost gets in but Menez is forced off it by Dossena.
    • 10' Lavezzi chases a long ball that almost releases him but for Juan's superb tackle.
    • 9' Sergio punches just in time with Cavani ready to unleash a header. Good ball from Hamsik. Roma break but Perrotta and Taddei get in each other's way.
    • 8' De Rossi miscontrols and Lavezzi catches him, the Italy midfielder rolling around. No loss of irony in watching that.
    • 7' Vucinic wins a free-kick. Low key start to this game really.
    • 6' Aronic lives. Restarted with a drop ball, kicked out by Napoli.
    • 5' Riise crosses, deflected and out for a corner. Good ball by De Rossi to find him. Vucinic puts it in but Napoli half-clear through Cannavaro, Aronic goes down holding his face and the ref has to stop it. He got a boot from Simplicio.
    • 4' Oh Rafa - Liverpool were left with no left-backs last summer, and still struggle in that position: two ex-Reds left-backs are playing today, Dossena and Riise, both cast aside by Benitez.
    • 3' Simplico tries to release Borriello but he overplays it and Napoli clear. Maggio on the ball, now spread wide to Dossena but he is tackled by Taddei tracking back.
    • 2' Vucinic on the left rolls it in for Borriello but beyond him and De Sanctis claims.
    • 1' Cassetti called into action early after Cavani and Hamsik combined, though the former fouled the makeshift Roma centre back.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Stadio Olimpico!
    • 19:40 NAPOLI TEAM NEWS: What a front three - Cavani flanked by Hamsik and Lavezzi. Easy to see why they're second, but their defence is also excellent, the second best in the league. However they have conceded two or more in six of their last nine away games, meaning a high-scoring match is a definite prospect. Santacroce, Cribari, Zuniga and Yebda all return, with the former starting.
    • 19:40 ROMA TEAM NEWS: So while Francesco Totti returns from flu, he is left on the Roma bench. David Pizarro is not fit enough after a knee injury and Marco Cassetti has to play centre-half with Nicolas Burdisso and Philippe Mexes banned.
    • 19:35 TEAMS - Roma: Sergio, Rosi, Riise, Juan, Cassetti, De Rossi, Perrotta, Taddei, Simplicio, Vucinic, Borriello; Subs: Doni, Castellini, Greco, Loria, Brighi, Menez, Totti /// Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica, Pazienza, Gargano, Maggio, Dossena, Hamsik, Lavezzi, Cavani; Subs: Iezzo, Santacroce, Cribari, Yebda, Sosa, Zuniga, Mascara
    • 19:30 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Roma's match with Napoli, who can close the gap on Serie A leaders Milan to six points if they win in Italy's capital.
  • Summary

    • 83' The ball is played wide to Cannavaro and he pings in a wicked cross FOR CAVANI FLYING IN WITH A FLYING FINISH AND IT'S 2-0! Game set and match.
    • 77' Long ball over the top and Lavezzi runs through and he is somehow onside and must score but GREAT SAVE SERGIO and Cavani must tuck the rebound away but wide!
    • 75' Menez cracks in a superb shot from the edge of the D that De Sanctis turns behind! From nothing that. Corner.
    • 65' GOAL NAPOLI but Cavani is offside! Good play as Zuniga crosses for the Uruguayan but the winger went too early.
    • 49' Cavani to take... GOAL NAPOLI! Phew! Against the inside of the post, across the line and off the inside of the other post and Cavani rams the loose ball home and there's a huge controversy as Roma are insistent that it shouldn't stand!
    • 47' Lavezzi rolls a lovely ball into Hamsik and Juan trips him! Penalty! Juan could be in trouble...
    • 38' Lavezzi to take this then and it's a good one that Cavani flies in to meet but headed away by Juan! Super header, and Dossena smacks the rebound wide.
    • 31' Sloppy defending by Juan who fails to clear from Lavezzi, and it drops to Cavani but he's closed down and Cassetti blocks!
    • 28' Taken short but Campagnaro back to Lavezzi AND HE DRIVES IN THE CROSS FOR CAVANI but somehow Sergio flies in to keep it out!
    • 17' Campagnaro drills in a low ball AND MAGGIO SURELY but hacked away! Cassetti I think!
    • 15' Roma counter from the corner and Vucinic is in but De Sanctis holds on to his shot, which was too close to the Napoli keeper. Should have done better.
    • 19:35 TEAMS - Roma: Sergio, Rosi, Riise, Juan, Cassetti, De Rossi, Perrotta, Taddei, Simplicio, Vucinic, Borriello; Subs: Doni, Castellini, Greco, Loria, Brighi, Menez, Totti /// Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica, Pazienza, Gargano, Maggio, Dossena, Hamsik, Lavezzi, Cavani; Subs: Iezzo, Santacroce, Cribari, Yebda, Sosa, Zuniga, Mascara

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • Julio Sergio
      • A. Rosi Yellow Card
      • M. Cassetti Yellow Card
      • Juan Yellow Card
      • J. Riise
      • D. De Rossi Yellow Card
      • R. Taddei Substitution Out (45′)
      • S. Perrotta Yellow Card
      • F. Simplício Substitution Out (77′)
      • M. Borriello
      • M. Vucinic Substitution Out (77′)

      Subs

      • F. Totti Substitution In77′
      • M. Brighi
      • S. Loria
      • P. Castellini
      • J. Menez Substitution In45′
      • L. Greco Substitution In77′
      • Doni
    • Starting line-up

      • M. De Sanctis
      • H. Campagnaro Yellow Card
      • P. Cannavaro
      • S. Aronica Yellow Card
      • M. Pazienza
      • W. Gargano
      • C. Maggio
      • A. Dossena Yellow Card Substitution Out (59′)
      • M. Hamšík Substitution Out (73′)
      • E. Cavani Goals×2 Substitution Out (85′)
      • E. Lavezzi Yellow Card

      Subs

      • G. Mascara Substitution In85′
      • H. Yebda Substitution In73′
      • G. Iezzo
      • F. Santacroce
      • S. Cribari
      • J. Sosa
      • J. Zúñiga Substitution In59′
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