Sunday March 25, 2012 Day 29 Finished Stadio San Paolo

Napoli 2 - 2 Catania

  • Dzemaili 61’
  • Cavani 67’
  • Spolli 74’
  • Lanzafame 85’

  1. Napoli throw away two-goal lead

    Napoli throw away two-goal lead

    Napoli threw away a two-goal lead as they were held 2-2 by Catania in Serie A, Davide Lanzafame scoring the equaliser with his second touch. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Napoli
    • Catania
    • - The Partenopei are now three points behind Lazio, who beat Cagliari 1-0, and the third and final Champions League spot. Table
    • 90+3' And Napoli cannot find a way through. They have thrown away a two-goal lead to draw.
    • 90' The free-kick is curled over the wall but wide. Three minutes to be added on.
    • 89' Nicola Legrottaglie handballs 30 yards from goal and Napoli have a golden chance to shoot here. Yellow card for the defender.
    • 87' Napoli desperately seeking a way into the final third, but Catania are slowing the game right down.
    • 86' Ricchiuti booked for catching a prone opponent as he sprinted past.
    • 85' LANZAFAME WITH THE EQUALISER WITH HIS SECOND TOUCH! 2-2! He attacks a corner with his head but Zuniga blocks on the edge of the six-yard box... but the forward follows up to smash home under the crossbar.
    • 84' Catania change: Davide Lanzafame on for Gomez.
    • 83' Flowing move by Napoli but Pandev fires wide of the near post after cutting in.
    • 82' One-touch play from Catania but the final ball is poor and De Sanctis will claim. It has started raining, bizarrely.
    • 81' Napoli have scored the most goals in the last 15 minutes of play (15) this term.
    • 80' Aronica running to cover and Catania forward Gomez goes down holding his face behind him. He was not touched anywhere near there. Disgrace to football.
    • 78' Catania change: Barrientos replaced by Adrian Ricchiuti.
    • 78' Cavani goes early and knows he is offside, but Dzemaili is not as he springs the offside trap: he rounds Carrizo but places his shot wide of the far post behind a desperate covering defender.
    • 78' I questioned Hamsik's withdrawl but Pandev has made a difference. However I cannot see the sense in taking Lavezzi off, unless he is knackered or has a knock.
    • 77' Napoli change: Gokhan Inler on for Lavezzi.
    • 76' Catania threaten again before Zuniga wins a free-kick for Napoli inside his own box.
    • 74' GOAL FOR CATANIA! NICOLAS SPOLLI WITH THE HEADER FOR 2-1! He is all alone and able to pick out the top corner from the centre of the box. Llama provided the cross.
    • 74' Dzemaili is booked for a late tackle.
    • 73' Brilliant from Pandev! He slaloms his way in from the left and shoots low to beat Carrizo - but his shot comes back off the far post!
    • 72' Catania change: Cristian Llama on for Marchese.
    • 71' Catania have been blown away in this half after matching their hosts in the opening 45 minutes.
    • 70' When Catania have conceded goals away from home this season, they have never won.
    • 69' Before this match Cavani had found the net with 18 of his 79 attempts (23% conversion rate).
    • 68' Again, the place goes beserk. Cavani enjoyed that one!
    • 67' CAVANI MAKES IT 2-0 TO NAPOLI! A strange goal... Pandev plays him through and his shot comes back off the post to fool two backtracking defenders - and his rebound goes in off the same post.
    • 66' Napoli change: Paolo Cannavaro on for Fernandez.
    • 65' De Sanctis spills an innocuous Giovanni Marchese cross and Bergessio hooks the ball towards goal... Aronica slides back to thump it just wide a couple of yards off the line!
    • 64' A flurry from Napoli has put the Rossazzurri on the back foot, but they have the ball again now to prolonged whistles from the stands.
    • 63' Cavani looking for space in behind again and goes down, but he will not get a penalty for that. Strong challenge but a fair one.
    • 62' The home fans went beserk at that - and who can blame them?
    • 61' WHAT A SCORCHER TO GIVE NAPOLI THE LEAD! BLERIM DZEMAILI! The ball broke outside the penalty area and the Swiss midfielder absolutely mullered it into the top corner via a hand from Carrizo!
    • 60' Cavani slipped in and must score... he lifts his shot over Carrizo but wide of the far post! You would have bet a lot of money on him scoring that.
    • 58' Barrientos booked for diving.
    • 58' Dossena breaks into the box and shoots for the far corner, saved and held excellently by Carrizo.
    • 58' Napoli change: Goran Pandev on for Hamsik.
    • 57' Space opens up for Sergio Almiron outside the box and his drive is only a foot over the Napoli crossbar.
    • 56' Surely this cannot finish 0-0?
    • 55' Hamsik tries a clever return reverse pass for Lavezzi as he runs through, but it is intercepted.
    • 54' Catania asking questions with a ball into the box, but there is no end product again.
    • 53' Cavani peels away at the back post to head a Lavezzi cross tamely wide. He was backtracking so it was not easy to get power into the header.
    • 52' Excellent tracking back by Napoli to deny Catania another attack.
    • 51' Danger man Bergessio bearing down on the home defence, slipping in Gomez on the left as he holds his run... great chance to curl into the far corner but his effort is well over the bar.
    • 49' Napoli have scored 16 goals in total over their last six fixtures, on average 2.7 per game.
    • 48' Following it Lavezzi earns space to whip another dangerous cross in for Cavani which Catania defend at the near post.
    • 47' At the other end Lavezzi finds the feet of Hamsik and he slips him back in to shoot just wide of the near post! It took a slight deflection and Napoli have a corner.
    • 46' And immediately Bergessio almost goes through on goal, denied only by a last-ditch Fernandez tackle.
    • 46' Off we go in the second half.
    • - Napoli are looking to go third in Serie A with a win. Table
    • 45' Hamsik whistles in a cross that Catania clear... soon after defender Aronica's shot from the left is dragged well wide. And that brings the first half to an end.
    • 44' Catania casually passing the ball among their back line as the home fans chant.
    • 43' De Sanctis drops the cross under little pressure but has time to collect the second ball.
    • 43' At the other end, Catania earn a corner. Lodi's shot when the ball comes out is deflected and they will try again from the opposite right side.
    • 42' Cavani is in behind but the ref blows for a free-kick. That was touch-and-go.
    • 41' Poor movement from the Catania front men as De Sanctis picks up a ball forward.
    • 40' Dossena flicks a cross to the far side of the area above Hamsik to end a promising Napoli attack.
    • 38' When the player is fit to continue, Catania look to open up Napoli again but the Partenopei hold firm.
    • 37' Francesco Lodi with a turn in midfield. He is caught by Uruguayan Walter Gargano and stays down holding his ankle.
    • 36' Both teams are looking to play the ball on the floor, which is giving us an open game.
    • 35' Catania are unbeaten in their last six games (four wins, two draws).
    • 34' Hamsik threads a pass through but Catania keeper Carrizo is alert to the danger and comes out to claim.
    • 33' There are several games going on now in the Italian top flight. Serie A latest
    • 32' Catania unlucky not to open up the home defence again with a crossfield pass - the volleyed cross heading just wide.
    • 31' The penalty claim against Napoli was a good one, replays show... Bergessio was bundled over by Aronica as he latched on to a header back inside the box.
    • 30' Chipped pass through for Napoli that Cavani stretches to reach - but he cannot quite get there.
    • 29' Hamsik with a dipping volley that Carrizo does well to palm wide as it bounces right next to him. End-to-end stuff.
    • 28' Bergessio causing problems inside the home box and goes down looking for a penalty... nothing given! It looked a pen to me.
    • 28' Fizzing effort from distance by Hamsik, saved and held brilliantly by Carrizo.
    • 27' Pablo Barrientos with a wayward strike way off target for the visitors.
    • 26' Should they keep a clean sheet at the San Paolo, the Sicilians would equal their record of consecutive games without conceding goals in Serie A (four in 1963/64).
    • 25' Bergessio and Campagnaro have another fight for the ball, this time on the left, with the defender just coming out on top.
    • 24' Gonzalo Bergessio threatening down the right for Catania, battling past Salvatore Aronica before Hugo Campagnaro puts it out. He picks up a knock in the process but hobbles on with the game.
    • 23' Lavezzi whips a cross on to the head of Napoli captain Marek Hamsik, but his effort is over the bar. He should have done better.
    • 22' Dossena with a ball to the far side where Fernandez heads for goal - it is heading wide and Carrizo is down to hold it nonetheless.
    • 21' Lavezzi's bending set-piece is headed for the far post before Carrizo tips it wide with his finger-ends.
    • 20' Cavani wins a free-kick near the corner of the box - he was crowded out. Harsh decision on Catania.
    • 19' Lavezzi powering down the right and crossing low, but there is no one to meet it in the middle.
    • 18' There is another big crowd inside the San Paolo for today's match. /// Kevin: "Napoli 3-1 Catania" Send me your predictions on Twitter
    • 17' Vital challenge by a Catania defender as Napoli surge into the box. The hosts are starting to ask more questions.
    • 16' Napoli are still unbeaten at the San Paolo since the start of 2012 – this season they have lost just twice at home in Serie A.
    • 15' Home defender Federico Fernandez across quickly to deny the away side a chance to break, heading out for a throw-in.
    • 14' Cavani tries to hook the ball into the danger area for Napoli, but again a keeper comes out on top as Carrizo claims.
    • 13' De Sanctis out to claim a ball on the edge of his box as Catania go long.
    • 12' Catania are working their way into this match after a slow start.
    • 11' The Partenopei are unbeaten in their last eight games (five wins, three draws, including the 2-2 against Udinese last Sunday). Results and fixtures
    • 10' Gomez, one of many Argentines at Catania, with a volley that Morgan De Sanctis tips away.
    • 9' Dossena again caught walking back from an offside position as a team-mate looks for him. He holds up two fingers... to signal the number of times he has made a mess of things, perhaps.
    • 8' Napoli defend a Catania corner then Juan Camilo Zuniga picks up a free-kick as he brings the ball out of defence.
    • 7' Alejandro Gomez claims handball outside the Napoli box but nothing is given and the home side counter. When a long ball from right to left is controlled by Lavezzi, excitement builds... but Catania do enough to deny him a shot on goal.
    • 6' Argentine Lavezzi driving forward from midfield after dropping off, but his pass is intercepted as he goes for a one-two.
    • 5' Home left-back Andrea Dossena standing just offside when a diagonal ball finds him on the touchline.
    • 4' Ezequiel Lavezzi with a cross that is too close to Juan Pablo Carrizo.
    • 3' Napoli have scored exactly one goal in each of their last four league meetings against Catania.
    • 2' The Partenopei on the ball early on but wasteful in the final third.
    • 1' The first half begins with Napoli kicking from right to left in bright sunshine.
    • 14:03 Edinson Cavani hands a baby off to someone on the touchline. Only in Italy. Cavani linked to Chelsea again
    • 14:00 The teams emerge belatedly.
    • 13:59 Vincenzo Montella (Catania): "The result against Napoli is not as important as the performance, as far as I am concerned. I asked the lads not to take their foot off the accelerator, because I will not see lack of concentration. I am not thinking about Europe, so it’s irrelevant to me what the cut-off point for getting into those competitions is. I am focused only on doing well against Napoli, who undoubtedly have the strongest attack in Serie A." Serie A fixtures and results
    • 13:58 Walter Mazzarri (Napoli): "Against Siena we were really exhausted at the end and tomorrow we'll finish a cycle in which we've used a lot of energy, both physical and nervous. That doesn't make me calm, it's the worst moment to be facing Catania, who are dreaming of a Europa League finish and hence are very motivated." Napoli team page
    • 13:56 Catania right-back Marco Motta misses out through injury and Giuseppe Bellusci replaces him.
    • 13:55 Federico Fernandez comes into the three-man home defence. Gianluca Grava is still ruled out with a hamstring injury, while Christian Maggio is again absent despite coming through a midweek game against Siena following a thigh injury.
    • 13:52 Both sides are playing a 3-5-2.
    • 13:52 Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Fernandez, Aronica, Zuniga, Dzemaili, Gargano, Dossena, Hamsik, Lavezzi, Cavani /// Catania: Carrizo; Bellusci, Legrottaglie, Spolli, Marchese; Izco, Lodi, Barrientos, Almiron; Bergessio, Gomez
    • 13:49 Napoli lead by nine wins to seven against Catania in Serie A, five draws complete the record.
    • 13:45 Welcome to coverage of Napoli v Catania in a Serie A clash at Stadio San Paolo.
  • Summary

    • 85' LANZAFAME WITH THE EQUALISER WITH HIS SECOND TOUCH! 2-2! He attacks a corner with his head but Zuniga blocks on the edge of the six-yard box... but the forward follows up to smash home under the crossbar.
    • 78' Cavani goes early and knows he is offside, but Dzemaili is not as he springs the offside trap: he rounds Carrizo but places his shot wide of the far post behind a desperate covering defender.
    • 74' GOAL FOR CATANIA! NICOLAS SPOLLI WITH THE HEADER FOR 2-1! He is all alone and able to pick out the top corner from the centre of the box. Llama provided the cross.
    • 73' Brilliant from Pandev! He slaloms his way in from the left and shoots low to beat Carrizo - but his shot comes back off the far post!
    • 67' CAVANI MAKES IT 2-0 TO NAPOLI! A strange goal... Pandev plays him through and his shot comes back off the post to fool two backtracking defenders - and his rebound goes in off the same post.
    • 65' De Sanctis spills an innocuous Giovanni Marchese cross and Bergessio hooks the ball towards goal... Aronica slides back to thump it just wide a couple of yards off the line!
    • 61' WHAT A SCORCHER TO GIVE NAPOLI THE LEAD! BLERIM DZEMAILI! The ball broke outside the penalty area and the Swiss midfielder absolutely mullered it into the top corner via a hand from Carrizo!
    • 60' Cavani slipped in and must score... he lifts his shot over Carrizo but wide of the far post! You would have bet a lot of money on him scoring that.
    • 51' Danger man Bergessio bearing down on the home defence, slipping in Gomez on the left as he holds his run... great chance to curl into the far corner but his effort is well over the bar.
    • 47' At the other end Lavezzi finds the feet of Hamsik and he slips him back in to shoot just wide of the near post! It took a slight deflection and Napoli have a corner.
    • 46' And immediately Bergessio almost goes through on goal, denied only by a last-ditch Fernandez tackle.
    • 29' Hamsik with a dipping volley that Carrizo does well to palm wide as it bounces right next to him. End-to-end stuff.
    • 28' Bergessio causing problems inside the home box and goes down looking for a penalty... nothing given! It looked a pen to me.
    • 28' Fizzing effort from distance by Hamsik, saved and held brilliantly by Carrizo.
    • 13:52 Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Fernandez, Aronica, Zuniga, Dzemaili, Gargano, Dossena, Hamsik, Lavezzi, Cavani /// Catania: Carrizo; Bellusci, Legrottaglie, Spolli, Marchese; Izco, Lodi, Barrientos, Almiron; Bergessio, Gomez

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  • Napoli

    Manager: Walter Mazzarri

  • Catania

    Manager: Vincenzo Montella

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