Sunday December 11, 2011 Day 15 Finished Stadio Silvio Piola

Novara 1 - 1 Napoli

  • Radovanovic 70’
  • Dzemaili 84’

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  1. Napoli earn late point against Novara

    Napoli earn late point against Novara

    Blerim Dzemaili’s equaliser six minutes from time earned Napoli a 1-1 draw with Serie A strugglers Novara at Stadio Silvio Piola. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Novara
    • Napoli
    • FT That's the final action and the ref blows up for full-time. It's finished Novara 1-1 Napoli.
    • 90+3' Pandev gets to the ball before Novara goalkeeper Ujkani and goes to ground under the challenge but the referee waves away Napoli's late cries for a penalty!
    • 90+2' Neither side will move up the table with a point; Novara will remain 19th and Napoli fifth.
    • 90+1' Zuniga does well to put his body between Rubino and the ball after Morimoto played a neat cross into the box.
    • 90' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 89' Hamsik floats a cross into the back post which Maggio side-foots over! Was that the chance to win it?!
    • 88' Napoli smell a winner, with Lavezzi the most likely to make the breakthrough, this time pushing forward into the right channel before shooting at Ujkani from a tight angle.
    • 87' The free-kick's played short to Zuniga, who's wild shot goes well over. Surely it'd have been better to deliver a cross into the danger area?
    • 86' Centurioni is booked for a late sliding challenge to give Napoli the chance to whip in a cross from the left.
    • 85' NOVARA SUB: Morimoto comes on in place of Mazzarani.
    • 84' GOAL! Napoli equalise! Lavezzi gets to the byline and cuts a cross back which Dzemaili lashes home!
    • 82' Novara captain Rubino has the chance to break clear but handles and the referee rightly blows up.
    • 81' Napoli are dominating possession but without creating any clear-cut chances of note.
    • 80' NAPOLI SUB: Inler has 10 minutes to make an impact for the visitors, coming on for Dossena.
    • 79' Lavezzi shoots from the right channel but does connect with the ball cleanly and Ujkani comfortably saves.
    • 78' NOVARA SUB: Goal scorer Radovanovic goes off to a standing ovation, with Porcaro coming on in his place.
    • 77' Morganella rises to head a free-kick clear but instead spoons it right up in the air, Ujkani comes to unconvincingly collect the loose ball but is beaten to it, only for it to go out for a goal-kick.
    • 75' NAPOLI SUB: Zuniga comes on for Aronica.
    • 74' Are Napoli feeling the pace after their midweek Champions League win against Valencia in Spain?
    • 73' Dzemaili sends his low free-kick straight into the wall.
    • 72' Lavezzi twists and turns his way past his man before being brought down to give Napoli a free-kick in a dangerous possession on the top left corner of the box.
    • 71' That really was a thunderbolt from Radovanovic!
    • 70' GOAL! Novara lead! The hosts win a free-kick 30 yards from goal, Rubino touches it to Radovanovic and the 23-year-old unleashes an unstoppable drive past De Sanctis!
    • 68' Cavani, who has scored seven league goals in 11 appearances his season, didn't look too pleased at being hauled off.
    • 67' NAPOLI: Cavani makes way for Mascara.
    • 66' Juventus have the chance to regain top spot in Serie A when they travel to Roma tomorrow.
    • 65' Inler is warming up for Napoli. Will we see the midfielder introduced soon?
    • 64' Novara look the most likely to score, with Napoli unable to keep hold of the ball for any significant amount of time.
    • 63' Rubino latches on to a long ball over the top but is forced wide by Aronica and his eventual shot flashes across the face of goal.
    • 62' Campagnaro makes a good challenge to thwart Mazzarini, who manages to keep hold of possession before being fouled for a free-kick on the left flank.
    • 61' Lavezzi makes a charging run forward and looks to exchange passes with Cavani but the return ball is overhit and cleared.
    • 60' Napoli have Roma and Genoa at home before the winter break.
    • 59' Radovanovic fires in a low cross-cum-shot which Mazzarani re-directs and his effort flies just over the bar!
    • 58' This has been a very limp second half performance from Napoli so far, who have shown very little going forward.
    • 56' Dossena overlaps on the left but the subsequent cross is awful and goes behind for a goal-kick.
    • 55' Marianini receives the ball wide right but can't get a cross in from the by-line, instead sending it behind for a goal-kick.
    • 54' NOVARA SUB: Ludi, who took a knock in the first half, is replaced by Labrin.
    • 53' Rigoni cuts inside from the left wing and chips a cross towards Rubino at the back post but it's headed clear.
    • 52' Novara have failed to score in three of their last four Serie A games.
    • 51' Rigoni receives the ball just inside the box but Maggio steps in with a good tackle to dispossess the Novara midfielder.
    • 50' Rubino really should have put that header on target...
    • 49' Rigoni swings in an early cross from the left but Rubino sends his glancing header wide!
    • 47' Novara defender Dellafiore is booked for persistently pulling Lavezzi's shirt.
    • 46' Novara get the second half underway...
    • HT There goes the half-time whistle and it's Novara 0-0 Napoli at the break.
    • 45' Lavezzi lets fly with an ambitious shot from the left corner of the box but that's horribly high and wide.
    • 44' There will be two minutes added time.
    • 43' Rubino leaps to meet a looping cross but Cannavaro just about does enough to head clear for a corner.
    • 42' There's been no shortage of effort and endeavour from either team but not a great deal of quality in the final third.
    • 41' Cavani opts to shoot from 20 yards but the ball bobbles before he makes contact and flies well over.
    • 40' Both sides have registered four shots, and one on target, in the opening 40 minutes.
    • 39' Novara boss Attilo Tesser's pre-match comments: "We can fight, for sure. Napoli are a great team but we have less points than we maybe deserved. They have the wind in their sails after qualifying in the Champions League and they are very strong. However, we will try to give them some problems."
    • 37' The crowd are on the ref's back after Marianini was penalised for a shirt pull but that looked the right decision.
    • 36' Maggio shoots from distance but it's too close to Ujkani and the Novara keeper does well to hold the powerful effort at the first attempt.
    • 35' Dossena gets to the by-line and delivers a cross but Maggio plants his head inches wide!
    • 34' Mazzarani loops in a free-kick from the right but De Sanctis makes the early decision to move off his line and collects with ease.
    • 33' Rigoni is the first player to go into the book for a blatant tug on Cavani's shirt.
    • 32' Novara break, spreading the ball from right to left, but Maggio is there to block the ball out for a throw-in.
    • 31' Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri insists he is focussed solely on the league despite the forthcoming Champions League last 16 draw: "Do we want to face Barcelona or Real Madrid in the Champions League? No. We are only thinking about Novara, if we get distracted we will lose momentum."
    • 29' Rigoni rises to meet the corner and heads over! He should have hit the target from there having beat his marker in the air.
    • 28' Morganella fires in a superb low cross which Campagnaro hacks clear and De Sanctis can't stop it going out for a corner.
    • 27' Napoli are working their way into the game, and Dossena nearly finds Cavani in the box after whipping in a low, teasing cross to the near post which Ujkani gathers.
    • 26' Ujkani is quick off his line to clear with Cavani lurking after Hamsik's neat through-ball.
    • 25' Gemiti wriggles free from his man on the right side but over-hits his long ball and De Sanctis gathers.
    • 24' Napoli are unbeaten in their last four games: after drawing against Lazio, Atalanta and Juventus, they beat Lecce last Saturday at the San Paolo 4-2.
    • 23' Pandev moves in from the right flank and shoots from distance but that's well wide of the upright.
    • 22' The hosts win a second corner; Mazzarani swings it in but De Sanctis does well to catch it under pressure.
    • 20' Novara win a corner but is comfortably headed clear by Campagnaro.
    • 19' The free-kick's played square to Campagnaro, who chips a deep cross into the box which runs straight through to Novara goalkeeper Ujkani.
    • 18' Lavezzi is pulled down on the left flank to hand Napoli a free-kick and the chance to get the ball in the box.
    • 17' Rubino flies in with a robust challenge which results in a Napoli free-kick in their own half.
    • 16' Lavezzi finds Dossena, who looks to return the pass which a chip over the top of the Novara defence but it's cut out and headed clear.
    • 15' Napoli make their first meaningful foray forward; Campagnaro whips in a cross to Pandev, but he has to stretch to connect and can't direct his header on target.
    • 14' Away from home, Napoli have a record of two wins, two draws and two defeats this season.
    • 13' Ludi's taken a knock and looks winded. He slowly walks off to receive additional treatment on the sidelines but he'll be able to rejoin play soon enough.
    • 12' This is a decent start from Novara, who are knocking the ball round well and Napoli are yet to show much going forward.
    • 11' Cannavaro's weak headed clearance falls to Marianini, who does well to shrug off a challenge and lay off to Rigoni, whose powerful 25-yard shot forces a good stop from De Sanctis.
    • 10' Novara have the worst defence in Serie A having conceded 24 goals in 13 games, and are the only side yet to keep a clean sheet in this campaign.
    • 9' Rigoni charges down the right wing in pursuit of a lofted through-ball and is at full-stretch when playing in his cross, which fails to pick out a blue shirt.
    • 8' Rubino works a yard of space outside the box and shoots but his effort is always rises and goes comfortably over.
    • 7' Second-bottom Novara have won just two games so far in this campaign, both at home.
    • 6' It's been a slow start at the 17,000-capacity Stadio Silvio Piola, with neither side able to keep the ball for long.
    • 5' Maggio looks to play in Pandev with a low through-ball but the Macedonian's drifted offside.
    • 4' Pandev's takes an early blow to the face but is soon back to his feet.
    • 3' Anything less than three points will be deemed as failure for Napoli this evening. The Partenopei currently lie in fifth, eight points behind fourth place Lazio, and need to kick-start their league campaign having qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League. Serie A table
    • 2' Novara are in their blue home kit, while Napoli are wearing their yellow changed strip.
    • 1' We're off and running, the visitors get the game underway...
    • 19:40 NOVARA: Ujkani, Centuriono, Ludi, Dellafiore, Gemiti, Morganella, Radovanovic, Rigoni, Marianini, Rubino, Mazzarani... Subs: Porcaro, Fontana, Pesce, Morimoto, Jeda, Granoche, Labrin /// NAPOLI: De Sanctis, Cannavaro, Aronica, Campagnaro, Dzemaili, Hamsik, Dossena, Maggio, Cavani, Lavezzi, Pandev... Subs: Mascara, Rosati, Zuniga, Gargano, Inler, Fideleff, Fernandez
    • 19:35 Earlier today Milan missed the opportunity to go top with a 2-2 draw at Bologna, while Udinese's 2-1 win over Chievo saw them leapfrog Juventus, who play tomorrow, as league leaders. Milan draw with Bologna
    • 19:30 Welcome to LIVE text commentary of the Serie A clash between Novara and Napoli.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' Pandev gets to the ball before Novara goalkeeper Ujkani and goes to ground under the challenge but the referee waves away Napoli's late cries for a penalty!
    • 89' Hamsik floats a cross into the back post which Maggio side-foots over! Was that the chance to win it?!
    • 88' Napoli smell a winner, with Lavezzi the most likely to make the breakthrough, this time pushing forward into the right channel before shooting at Ujkani from a tight angle.
    • 84' GOAL! Napoli equalise! Lavezzi gets to the byline and cuts a cross back which Dzemaili lashes home!
    • 79' Lavezzi shoots from the right channel but does connect with the ball cleanly and Ujkani comfortably saves.
    • 70' GOAL! Novara lead! The hosts win a free-kick 30 yards from goal, Rubino touches it to Radovanovic and the 23-year-old unleashes an unstoppable drive past De Sanctis!
    • 63' Rubino latches on to a long ball over the top but is forced wide by Aronica and his eventual shot flashes across the face of goal.
    • 59' Radovanovic fires in a low cross-cum-shot which Mazzarani re-directs and his effort flies just over the bar!
    • 49' Rigoni swings in an early cross from the left but Rubino sends his glancing header wide!
    • 36' Maggio shoots from distance but it's too close to Ujkani and the Novara keeper does well to hold the powerful effort at the first attempt.
    • 35' Dossena gets to the by-line and delivers a cross but Maggio plants his head inches wide!
    • 29' Rigoni rises to meet the corner and heads over! He should have hit the target from there having beat his marker in the air.
    • 15' Napoli make their first meaningful foray forward; Campagnaro whips in a cross to Pandev, but he has to stretch to connect and can't direct his header on target.
    • 11' Cannavaro's weak headed clearance falls to Marianini, who does well to shrug off a challenge and lay off to Rigoni, whose powerful 25-yard shot forces a good stop from De Sanctis.
    • 19:40 NOVARA: Ujkani, Centuriono, Ludi, Dellafiore, Gemiti, Morganella, Radovanovic, Rigoni, Marianini, Rubino, Mazzarani... Subs: Porcaro, Fontana, Pesce, Morimoto, Jeda, Granoche, Labrin /// NAPOLI: De Sanctis, Cannavaro, Aronica, Campagnaro, Dzemaili, Hamsik, Dossena, Maggio, Cavani, Lavezzi, Pandev... Subs: Mascara, Rosati, Zuniga, Gargano, Inler, Fideleff, Fernandez

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Novara

    Manager: Attilio Tesser

  • Napoli

    Manager: Walter Mazzarri

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