Sunday September 18, 2011 Day 3 Finished Stadio San Paolo

Napoli 3 - 1 AC Milan

  • Cavani 13’, 36’, 51’
  • Aquilani 11’

  1. Napoli top as Cavani blows Milan away

    Napoli top as Cavani blows Milan away

    Edinson Cavani scored a superb hat-trick as Napoli came from behind to beat Milan 3-1 in a manic Serie A clash at San Paolo. More

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    Time:90'
    • Napoli
    • AC Milan
    • 90+3 The final whistle goes and Napoli are joint top after a 3-1 win; Milan, meanwhile, are yet to win this season!
    • 90+2 Blasted over from Dzemaili as the hosts counter again.
    • 90+1 Almost a mistake from De Sanctis as he fails to gather Cassano's ball, but Zuniga clears.
    • 90' Three minutes added time.
    • 89' Gargano almost finds Cavani on the edge of the box but defenders rally and Milan clear.
    • 88' Great low ball in from Pato but Cassano cannot meet it and Cannavaro hooks it clear.
    • 86' Great first touch by Pato to kill a long ball dead but Aronica does brilliantly to hook it away before the finish!
    • 85' Cavani is slid through again but his finish is weak and tired, easy for Abbiati. Down the other end El-Shaarawy has a pop from range but straight at De Sanctis.
    • 83' The latter stages are a bit of a grind to be honest - the match is well won and Milan look a bit tired.
    • 82' NAPOLI SUB: On-loan Inter forward Pandev comes on for Lavezzi.
    • 81' Napoli come forward now. They don't do much with it though, happy to keep the ball when they can. 10 minutes to go...
    • 79' A Milan move breaks down as Cassano fails to get his cross in.
    • 77' NAPOLI SUB: Dossena comes off for... Zuniga.
    • 76' Lavezzi drills a low shot wide as he runs at the Milan defence.
    • - As you can tell by the name, Italian U21 international El-Shaarawy is of Egyptian descent - and he is a tricky attacking midfielder-forward, not dissimilar to Mohamed Zidan.
    • 75' MILAN SUB: Aquilani off for El-Shaaraway. This is his debut.
    • 74' Dzemaili has a crack with his left but just wide! Abbiati flying to his right! Inzaghi does have fitness problems, by the way, which is why he's out.
    • 73' I hear some of you asking for Inzaghi - I'm pretty sure he's not fit. Will check...
    • 72' Cavani now booked for arguing with the ref. No need to lose their discipline now.
    • 71' Gargano is booked for a late challenge on Aquilani.
    • 70' A rare touch for Pato as he heads over following a great run and cross from Cassano. Should have done better.
    • 69' Napoli are controlling the play now with Milan struggling to compensate for the removal of Van Bommel who - love him or loathe him - gives great shape to the midfield.
    • 68' ... The replay shows Nocerino was late and lucky not to get a second yellow!
    • 67' Cavani is dwn holding his ankle...
    • 66' MILAN SUB: Another change as Emanuelson replaces Van Bommel. Dutch for Dutch but not like for like, the new entrant to supply width.
    • 65 Judging by some of your comments you won't be happy with this MILAN SUB: Antonini comes on. Bonera trudges off.
    • 64' NAPOLI SUB: Hamsik comes off to a round of applause, and it's Dzemaili on in his place.
    • 63' Seedorf swings in the free-kick from the right AND DE SANCTIS FLAPS WILDLY BUT HE SURVIVES!
    • 62' Actually Nesta is very lucky not to see red there. He completely lost it after a foul from Aronica, first kicking out at him then hurling him to the ground by his throat. Deary me.
    • 61' A bit of nonsense here between Nesta and Aronica, Aronica is rolling about like he's been shot... and both are booked.
    • - Peter: "The eurosport writer wrote Napoli's second goal­ like he placed a bet on them..you @#$% milan hater..." - mate, get your head out of the clouds, I couldn't care two hoots about Milan or Napoli. It was a great goal in a cracking game. Try and find it on youtube or similar - wonderful finish.
    • 60' A daisy cutter is gathered easily by De Sanctis. Jeers from the home fans.
    • 58' Milan are by no means out of this - they are working the ball well, albeit in a manner that suits the quick-breaking Napoli.
    • 56' Corner to Milan on the right but cleared by Napoli.
    • 55' Yellow card for Pato after he takes a dive over Aronica's challenge.
    • 54' Napoli have managed to beat AC Milan only once in their last 16 league encounters, 3-1 at the San Paolo back in 2008. Again, hmmmm...
    • 53' GOAL NAPOLI! Milan fail to clear their lines after that save, a cross comes in from the right, it rebounds off Nesta and Cavani thrashes it home! Hat-trick!
    • 52' GOOD KEEPING ABBIATI! Hamsik was put straight through but he raced out to bat it away!
    • 51' Nocerino does really well to keep it in at the byline but his cross is just behind Aquilani and Cannavaro clears.
    • 50' Great play by Cassano and Pato, a one-two then a backheel, but Pato on the right shoots straight at De Sanctis when he should have squared it to Cassano.
    • 49' Lavezzi combines with Cavani but Nocerino brings it clear.
    • 48' Cavani almost gets through again but Nesta this time does enough to put him off.
    • 47' Great run by Hamsik but he can't get the shot away.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • - FACT: Milan boss Mass Allegri is currently unbeaten against Walter Mazzarri in Serie A: three wins for the Rossoneri manager and two draws. Hmmm.
    • 45+1 Half-time and Napoli lead after a very entertaining 45 minutes!
    • 45' Aquilani shoots from range and it fizzes low and just wide! Great effort.
    • 44' Aimed crossfield for Maggio, clever ball to Gargano but his backheel doesn't come off.
    • 43' Aquilani fouls Inler, free-kick Napoli on the left.
    • 42' Napoli counter now but Lavezzi's ball from the right is behind Cavani and it breaks down.
    • 41' Milan in possession for a spell now as they seek to work a leveller. They know they can hurt Napoli, but lack dynamism in midfield - Aquilani and Nocerino by far the most mobile.
    • 39' SHOULD HAVE BEEN 2-2! Great low save from De Sanctis agfter Cassano played Aquilani clean through! Aquaman should have scored though.
    • 38' So Napoli have come from behind to take the lead, and in some style! What can Milan do? Retreat into their shell, by the looks of things, as Napoli continue to run at them.
    • 37' Superb counter attack led by Gargano who went from halfway, weaving in and out and making the right decision to slide it to Cavani cutting in from the left.
    • 36' GOAL! GOOOAL! GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! El Matador gets his second! Wonderful curling finish, with precision and pace, from the left side of the box into the right side of goal.
    • 35' Good defending by Silva as Napoli were set to break in.
    • 34' Lavezzi on the right has some space but he gets the cross wrong and Abbiati claims.
    • - (Apologies for a Real-Barca blunder earlier. There is a godawful Real Madrid game on in the background and it's messing with my mojo).
    • 33' The corner is cleared but Abate has it wide right. His touch is dreadful though, and as the ball spins out of play he tries to claim a foul. Nah.
    • 32' Seedorf seems to be the one... off the wall. Corner.
    • 31' Free-kick to Milan some way out, again ages taken to sort out walls and who/how takes it...
    • 29' The ball drops to Hamsik at range but he drags a weak shot well wide.
    • 28' Cassano reacts in horror as he is called for a foul.
    • 27' The ball is back with Milan's defence. A lull in play has alas followed that frantic spell.
    • 26' Cassano totally mis-kicks the ball as he tried a spectacular volley on the right, and kicks it into touch in frustration.
    • 25' Taken short to Inler, who fires with power but too much height, a few yards over the bar.
    • - Crumbs, he only barely caught him but if he'd got him full-on that could have been a leg-breaker! Two footed from Nocerino, lucky not to be red carded.
    • 24' Napoli swarm forward, Hamsik has a crack but against Silva and away. Now Nocerino launches into Lavezzi and is booked.
    • 23' Seedorf gives it away, now Hamsik on the charge, Cavani can shoot but he spanks it well wide from an angle.
    • 23' Magic sponge, magic spray and magic hands and Cassano is fine. Just another Cassanata. Gotta love him.
    • 22' Cassano is rolling about and calling for the bench after he slid in on Inler... Nothing intentional there but Inler caught him just above the ankle as he rode the tackle. I think Cassano will be fine, he's a drama queen.
    • 21' A player of Cavani's quality should do better there. What started as a cautious encounter has developed into an end-to-end humdinger.
    • 20' Space for Dossena wide left, acres in fact, and he slides in a great low ball FOR CAVANI but he miscontrols and Abbiati gathers!
    • 19' Good play by Milan until Abate has to cross, sending it weak and low to Aronica, who clears.
    • 18' Inler is harshly called for a foul on Seedorf. Taken quickly by Aquilani and Nocerino is in but well-read by De Sanctis to rush out to claim.
    • 17' Another free-kick sent in by Cassano and Silva flies in but Aronica is able to head clear.
    • 16' A very long wait to take that free-kick with various arguments and organisations from both teams... Come on, get a move on. Cassano dinks it in but to no-one in particular and Aronica clears.
    • 15' Aronica gets a very soft booking after touching Cassano on the back, the Italy forward hurling himself to the deck.
    • 14' Great cross in from the free-kick by Lavezzi, swerving all over the place, the knock down was by Maggio I think and Cavani was on hand to drill the low finish through Abbiati's legs. 1-1!
    • 14' GOAL NAPOLI! Cavani! Immediate response!
    • 13' Bonera is penalised for a foul on Hamsik, words with the ref, nothing more. Dangerous position on the Napoli right wing...
    • 12' Yes, just inside the box Aquaman was when he dived in to head brilliantly past De Sanctis. Assist to Cassano, lovely cross from the right. Milan lead!
    • 11' GOAL MILAN! Super header from Aquilani! He powers it into the top left from about 18 yards!
    • 10' Campagnaro does well at right back surrounded by Milan players. Clears long.
    • 9' Milan playing it about in midfield but Dossena clips Cassano, giving the visitors a free-kick on the right.
    • 8' So the counter attack it is for Napoli - Lavezzi leads this charge but he keeps running when the through ball to Cavani was on. Cleared.
    • 7' Nocerino races down the right but his cross is too short for Cassano, Napoli clear.
    • 6' ... And now the counter is on but Campagnaro is up agains Seedorf, the latter clearing. Aquilani takes a dive and has the nerve to question the ref.
    • 5' Milan continue with the pressure but Napoli have men back and are able to clear...
    • 4' Abate on the run but his poor cross is overhit. He did not impress me against Barcelona, I have to say. Pato commits a foul.
    • 3' Aquilani on the ball, Bonera left wing now and while Napoli get men back Milan retain possession well.
    • 2' Wasted corner, the ball floating out for a goal kick to Napoli. Bright start for Milan.
    • 1' Cassano with an early piece of skill, though his cross is blocked. He gets it back though and Seedorf awaits far post but Aronica chests it behind.
    • 1' The first half is underway at San Paolo, a tiny bit late.
    • 19:44 Odds: Napoli 6/4, AC Milan 17/10, Draw 2/1.
    • 19:43 FACT: AC Milan are unbeaten in the last six Serie A meetings with Napoli (three wins for the Rossoneri and three draws).
    • 19:42 Massimiliano Allegri: "It is going to be an important game as Napoli have reinforced the midfield and strengthened the squad, so I consider them candidates for the Scudetto. Our options are limited by injuries, but we will go to Naples looking to play a great game."
    • 19:42 Walter Mazzarri: "We need to do what we did in the second half against Manchester City [when we face Milan]. We played with authority and without fear of our opponents, that is the attitude I like. The result can depend on individual episodes but the performance is all important."
    • 19:40 Milan, meanwhile, are missing a host of players: Along with Gennaro Gattuso, Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic being out, midfielders Kevin-Prince Boateng and Massimo Ambrosini suffered side and back strains in Tuesday's 2-2 draw at Barcelona in the Champions League. So welcome to the bench for kids Valoti and El-Shaarawy.
    • 19:40 Napoli striker Ezequiel Lavezzi has recovered sufficiently from a heel injury to start. Strong line-up for the hosts then, and with Santana and Pandev on the bench they have heavyweight options.
    • 19:35 TEAMS - Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica, Inler, Gargano, Maggio, Dossena, Hamsik, Lavezzi, Cavani; Subs: Rosati, Mascara, Dzemaili, Fernandez, Zuniga, Pandev, Santana /// Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Nesta, Silva, Bonera, Van Bommel, Nocerino, Seedorf, Aquilani, Pato, Cassano; Subs: Amelia, Yepes, Taiwo, Antonini, Emanuelson, El-Shaarawy, Valoti
    • 19:30 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Napoli v Milan, a clash of the Serie A titans at 7.45pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 86' Great first touch by Pato to kill a long ball dead but Aronica does brilliantly to hook it away before the finish!
    • 74' Dzemaili has a crack with his left but just wide! Abbiati flying to his right! Inzaghi does have fitness problems, by the way, which is why he's out.
    • 70' A rare touch for Pato as he heads over following a great run and cross from Cassano. Should have done better.
    • 63' Seedorf swings in the free-kick from the right AND DE SANCTIS FLAPS WILDLY BUT HE SURVIVES!
    • 53' GOAL NAPOLI! Milan fail to clear their lines after that save, a cross comes in from the right, it rebounds off Nesta and Cavani thrashes it home! Hat-trick!
    • 52' GOOD KEEPING ABBIATI! Hamsik was put straight through but he raced out to bat it away!
    • 45' Aquilani shoots from range and it fizzes low and just wide! Great effort.
    • 39' SHOULD HAVE BEEN 2-2! Great low save from De Sanctis agfter Cassano played Aquilani clean through! Aquaman should have scored though.
    • 36' GOAL! GOOOAL! GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! El Matador gets his second! Wonderful curling finish, with precision and pace, from the left side of the box into the right side of goal.
    • 20' Space for Dossena wide left, acres in fact, and he slides in a great low ball FOR CAVANI but he miscontrols and Abbiati gathers!
    • 18' Inler is harshly called for a foul on Seedorf. Taken quickly by Aquilani and Nocerino is in but well-read by De Sanctis to rush out to claim.
    • 14' Great cross in from the free-kick by Lavezzi, swerving all over the place, the knock down was by Maggio I think and Cavani was on hand to drill the low finish through Abbiati's legs. 1-1!
    • 14' GOAL NAPOLI! Cavani! Immediate response!
    • 12' Yes, just inside the box Aquaman was when he dived in to head brilliantly past De Sanctis. Assist to Cassano, lovely cross from the right. Milan lead!
    • 11' GOAL MILAN! Super header from Aquilani! He powers it into the top left from about 18 yards!
    • 19:35 TEAMS - Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica, Inler, Gargano, Maggio, Dossena, Hamsik, Lavezzi, Cavani; Subs: Rosati, Mascara, Dzemaili, Fernandez, Zuniga, Pandev, Santana /// Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Nesta, Silva, Bonera, Van Bommel, Nocerino, Seedorf, Aquilani, Pato, Cassano; Subs: Amelia, Yepes, Taiwo, Antonini, Emanuelson, El-Shaarawy, Valoti

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