Saturday April 23, 2011 Day 34 Finished Stadio Renzo Barbera

Palermo 2 - 1 Napoli

  • Balzaretti 38’
  • Bovo 45’ (pen.)
  • Cavani 2’ (pen.)

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  1. Napoli title hopes dealt hammer blow

    Napoli title hopes dealt hammer blow

    Palermo dealt Napoli's Serie A title hopes a hammer blow as they came from behind to win 2-1 in a pulsating game at the Stadio Renzo Barbera More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Palermo
    • Napoli
    • 90+4' PEEP! PEEP! PEEP!!!! That's it. Incredible game and Napoli will need snookers to claim the Serie A title now.
    • 90+4' Into the final minute...
    • 90+2' Zuniga is fouled on the right. Gargano to take...but Cassani throws himself in the way and it's a corner. Cleared and surely it's over for Napoli's title hopes....
    • 90+2' CAUTION: Bovo of Palermo
    • 90+1' Pastore and Acquah exchange passes. Acquah surges to the line and gets a corner. Balzaretti and Pastore play it short but Napoli break. Bovo fouls Mascara.
    • 90' There will be four minutes of added time...
    • 88' De Sanctis launches long but it comes back. Campagnaro then ships it into the stands.
    • 87' Napoli need a miracle now. Palermo just need a striker who knows how to score.
    • 85' CHANCE FOR PALERMO! WHAT A MISS! Pastore breaks clear on the right and surges into the penalty area. He spots Hernandez in acres on the penalty spot. He takes a touch then blazes over. Terrible.
    • 84' More Napoli pressure as Cavani gets his head to the ball but the effort drifts wide.
    • 80' Zuniga tries to get around Balzeretti but the experienced defender does brilliantly to keep him at bay.
    • 79' CHANCE FOR PALERMO! Pastore is in the penalty area and all alone after the quick free-kick but blasts the ball wide from eight yards at the angle. What was I saying about him?
    • 78' Pastore draws a fouls from Yebda. He really is a different gravy.
    • 78' Napoli are running out of time here...
    • 77' Sub for Palermo: Acquah replaces Bacinovic
    • 76' Gargano fouls Hernandez near halfway. Pastore wins the throw from Camaganaro
    • 75' De Sanctis is now acting as a sweeper. This is great to watch. Mascara on the left wing but Bacinovic holds him up and he must go backwards.
    • 73' Zuniga on the right but he can't cross. Dossena can and Sirigu has to punch out for a corner which is cleared.
    • 72' It's attack against attack. How are there only three goals in this game?
    • 70' Sub for Palermo: Kasami replaces Ilicic
    • 69' Another Palermo break. This time Nocerino and Ilicic exchange passes but it comes to nothing.
    • 68' Hernandez is nearly put away by Bacinovic but Ruiz comes across with a last-ditch challenge. He had to make that. And did.
    • 67' Every time Palermo go forward they have men over but can never pick the right pass. Napoli are piling on the pressure.
    • 65' CHANCE FOR NAPOLI! Lucarelli gets in a header but although it's six yards out it's weak and Sirigu can save with ease.
    • 65' In fact scrub that. Napoli are lining up 3-3-4. The next 25 minutes could be fascinating.
    • 64' Well, Napoli aren't going to die wondering are they? Lucarelli comes on and Napoli are now 3-4-3. Yikes.
    • 64' Sub for Napoli: Lucarelli replaces Hamsik
    • 63' It's all Napoli. Gargano crosses low and Cassani gets it away.
    • 61' Migliaccio tries make progress down the right but his pass forward is not good. Napoli come forward. Gargano goes to cross but it's too long.
    • 60' Palermo can break but Hernandez pass is woeful. Napoli are pressing very high up now. Expect goals. But to which side?
    • 59' Bovo handballs midway inside his own half and Napoli havwe the free-kick. Dossena to Campagnaro. Looks for Mascara but it's too long. But Hamsik takes up the chase and Sirigu has to clear and Napoli have a corner. Hamsik to take. Cleared.
    • 58' Palermo look the more dangerous of the two sides but Napoli are more than capable of getting two goals.
    • 55' Sub for Napoli: Yebda replaces Pazienza
    • 55' Zuniga comes back on after appearing to need life-saving surgery 30 seconds ago.
    • 54' Zuniga goes down on the right wing under a challenge and may need to come off. He's been on the pitch nine minutes.
    • 52' CHANCE FOR PALERMO! OFF THE POST! Pastore dances down the right wing and picks out Hernandez on the edge of the penalty area. He shapes a left-footed effort that beats De Sanctis but not the upright and it goes behind for a goal kick.
    • 52' Mascara goes wide right towards Zuniga. He gets past Balzeretti but his cross is poor.
    • 50' Great run by Hernandez behind the Napoli backline. Carbari looks to clatter into the young striker for a certain penalty but the referee waves it away.
    • 49' Balzaretti gets clipped on halfway and Palermo have the free-kick. Nocerino tries to get in behind Carbari but it's a goal-kick.
    • 47' Mascara gets out wide against Bovo. Wide left to Gargano. Crossed in and cleared.
    • 46' Zuniga instantly in the action but he concedes a throw. Bacinovic is then fouled. Ilicic is over it...floats it to the far post. Balzaretti heads back across goal, no-one gambles and it goes behind for a goal kick.
    • 45' And we're back underway...
    • HT Sub for Napoli: Zuniga replaces Maggio
    • HT And listen to the boos for Napoli...
    • HT Palermo are back out on the pitch...
    • 45' HALF-TIME: PALERMO 2 - 1 NAPOLI
    • 45' GOAL FOR PALERMO!!! PENALTY! Bovo converts the spot kick after Migliaccio is fouled and then Nocerino puts it into the net but the referee brings it back. Justice is done and Palermo lead. Incredible.
    • 43' Two minutes to the break and this half has flown by. Is there more drama to come?
    • 41' Big blow for Palermo as their coach Delio Rossi is sent from the field of play for language used towards the officials. Boos ring out at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.
    • 38' GOAL FOR PALERMO!!! WHAT A VOLLEY! Pastore crossed from the right it missed everyone and fell to Balzaretti 25 yards out on the angle. Without breaking stride the defender lashed a left-footed volley into the far corner. Game on.
    • 34' CAUTION: Macara of Napoli
    • 34' Balzaretti tries to get forward but is tackled and Mascara strides out and is caught by Nocernino who is cautioned.
    • 32' Sirigu comes out a long way but Munoz makes the clearance. Luckily for the keeper Hamsik can't get the ball down and Sirigu can retreat.
    • 30' CAUTION: Pazienza of Napoli
    • 30' Cavani spreads it wide to Maggio. His cross is cleard by a panicked Balzaretti. And Pazienza fouls Pastore.
    • 29' Bovo onto Munoz then swung wide to Migliaccio. He tries a cross-field pass but it drifts out for a throw on halfway.
    • 27' Palermo have settled but the game is still being played at a frantic pace.
    • 25' Hamsik wide left to Cavani. Back into Dossena. Then wide again to Campagnaro. And out for a goal kick.
    • 24' Migliaccio fouls Gargano and Napoli have a free-kick. It's played forward into the box and Bovo is fouled.
    • 21' Cassani on the right. Into Hernandez but he can't find Nocernino. Gargano then fouls Bacinovic. Cribari then concedes the corner. It's cleared but Balzaretti shoots and it's cleared for another corner which is cleared. Phew. Deep breath.
    • 20' Palermo press but Bovo's ball down the right is too far for Ilicic.
    • 18' Cavani onto Hamsik. Back with Maggio then Campagnaro crosses but it's straight at De Sanctis.
    • 17' CHANCE FOR NAPOLI! Cavani peels wide on the right and then hits a half volley from 25 yards than nearly dips under the bar. Think Marco Van Basten but outside the box. And without the goal. Obviously.
    • 16' Sirigu looks long but Ruiz wins the header. Back with Campagnaro.
    • 15' It's been a breathless start to the match.
    • 13' CAUTION: Balzaretti of Palermo
    • 12' CHANCE FOR PALERMO! WHAT A MISS! Galeno wins the header, it fouls to Bovo who manages to poke it over the bar from two yards with the keeper nowhere. Incredible miss.
    • 12' Hernandez gets into the box but Cribari comes across with a crunching challenge. Corner.
    • 11' Pastore is fouled on the right. Ilicic crosses but De Sanctis comes to claim and releases early but it's through to Sirigu
    • 10' Cassani and Pastore now combine on the right but only get a corner. This young Argentine is a joy to watch.
    • 8' Hernandez and Pastore combine just outside the penalty area and the striker sends an effort just over the bar. Good signs for the home side.
    • 8' Napoli are showing all their title teeth today. Palermo have been caught rockign on their heels.
    • 6' CAUTION: Cassani of Palermo
    • 2' GOAL FOR NAPOLI!!! Cavani converts a penalty after less than 90 seconds and Napoli's pursuit of Milan is off and running.
    • 14.00 Palermo: Sirigu, Bovo, Munoz, Balzaretti, Cassani, Bacinovic, Nocerino, Migliaccio, Hernandez, Pastore, Ilicic Subs: Carrozzieri, Darmian, Benussi, Garcia, Acquah, Kasami, Kurtic /// Napoli: De Sanctis, Cribari, Ruiz, Campagnaro, Gargano, Pazienza, Dossena, Maggio, Cavani, Mascara, Hamsik Subs: Lucarelli, Aronica, Zuñiga, Yebda, Sosa, Iezzo, Santacroce
  • Summary

    • 85' CHANCE FOR PALERMO! WHAT A MISS! Pastore breaks clear on the right and surges into the penalty area. He spots Hernandez in acres on the penalty spot. He takes a touch then blazes over. Terrible.
    • 79' CHANCE FOR PALERMO! Pastore is in the penalty area and all alone after the quick free-kick but blasts the ball wide from eight yards at the angle. What was I saying about him?
    • 65' CHANCE FOR NAPOLI! Lucarelli gets in a header but although it's six yards out it's weak and Sirigu can save with ease.
    • 52' CHANCE FOR PALERMO! OFF THE POST! Pastore dances down the right wing and picks out Hernandez on the edge of the penalty area. He shapes a left-footed effort that beats De Sanctis but not the upright and it goes behind for a goal kick.
    • 45' GOAL FOR PALERMO!!! PENALTY! Bovo converts the spot kick after Migliaccio is fouled and then Nocerino puts it into the net but the referee brings it back. Justice is done and Palermo lead. Incredible.
    • 38' GOAL FOR PALERMO!!! WHAT A VOLLEY! Pastore crossed from the right it missed everyone and fell to Balzaretti 25 yards out on the angle. Without breaking stride the defender lashed a left-footed volley into the far corner. Game on.
    • 17' CHANCE FOR NAPOLI! Cavani peels wide on the right and then hits a half volley from 25 yards than nearly dips under the bar. Think Marco Van Basten but outside the box. And without the goal. Obviously.
    • 12' CHANCE FOR PALERMO! WHAT A MISS! Galeno wins the header, it fouls to Bovo who manages to poke it over the bar from two yards with the keeper nowhere. Incredible miss.
    • 2' GOAL FOR NAPOLI!!! Cavani converts a penalty after less than 90 seconds and Napoli's pursuit of Milan is off and running.
    • 14.00 Palermo: Sirigu, Bovo, Munoz, Balzaretti, Cassani, Bacinovic, Nocerino, Migliaccio, Hernandez, Pastore, Ilicic Subs: Carrozzieri, Darmian, Benussi, Garcia, Acquah, Kasami, Kurtic /// Napoli: De Sanctis, Cribari, Ruiz, Campagnaro, Gargano, Pazienza, Dossena, Maggio, Cavani, Mascara, Hamsik Subs: Lucarelli, Aronica, Zuñiga, Yebda, Sosa, Iezzo, Santacroce

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Palermo

    Manager: Delio Rossi

  • Napoli

    Manager: Walter Mazzarri

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • S. Sirigu
      • M. Cassani Yellow Card
      • E. Muñoz
      • C. Bovo Goal Yellow Card
      • F. Balzaretti Goal Yellow Card
      • A. Bacinovic Substitution Out (78′)
      • G. Migliaccio
      • A. Nocerino Yellow Card
      • J. Ilicic Substitution Out (71′)
      • J. Pastore
      • A. Hernández

      Subs

      • F. Benussi
      • M. Darmian
      • P. Kasami Substitution In71′
      • S. Andelkovic
      • A. Acquah Substitution In78′
      • J. Kurtic
      • U. Nappello
    • Starting line-up

      • M. De Sanctis
      • H. Campagnaro
      • S. Cribari
      • Víctor Ruiz
      • M. Pazienza Yellow Card Substitution Out (56′)
      • W. Gargano
      • C. Maggio Substitution Out (45′)
      • A. Dossena
      • M. Ham&#353ík Substitution Out (65′)
      • G. Mascara Yellow Card
      • E. Cavani Goal

      Subs

      • C. Lucarelli Substitution In65′
      • S. Aronica
      • H. Yebda Substitution In56′
      • G. Iezzo
      • F. Santacroce
      • J. Sosa
      • J. Zúñiga Substitution In45′
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