Sunday January 8, 2012 Day 17 Finished Stadio Renzo Barbera

Palermo 1 - 3 Napoli

  • Miccoli 89’
  • Pandev 35’
  • Cavani 54’
  • Hamšík 60’

  1. Cavani strike helps sink Palermo

    Cavani strike helps sink Palermo

    Edinson Cavani's emphatic long-range against his former club helped Napoli to a 3-1 victory over Palermo at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Palermo
    • Napoli
    • 90' FULL TIME. Napoli will be disappointed to lose their clean sheet but it matters little on a night where Napoli fully deserved their win. It ends Palermo 1-3 Napoli at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.
    • 89' GOAL! Miccoli makes it 3-1. Too little, too late, but Miccoli glances in Balzaretti's cross from the left.
    • 87' The home side are attacking down the left wing - using Balzaretti as their main provider of balls into the box. But with little success at the moment.
    • 85' Whistles are ringing out at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. It has been a really poor second half showing by Palermo.
    • 83' So Napoli have used all three subs and Cavani is still on the field.
    • 82' Napoli sub: Chávez on, Pandev off
    • 79' Inler rolls a low cross towards Pandev, but Silvestre gets across to clear before the Macedonian has a chance to shoot.
    • 78' Napoli sub: Zúñiga on, Hamsik off.
    • 77' Cavani is put through but an alert Benussi races off his line to clear.
    • 74' Not much happening I'm afraid. Napoli are controlling the game, without creating anything of note. Palermo look resigned to defeat here.
    • 71' Napoli sub: Dzemaili on, Gargano off.
    • 68' That change is Bortolo Mutti's last roll of the dice.
    • 66' Palermo sub: Mehmeti on, Budan off.
    • 64' Napoli are a different side in the second half. Palermo have not created anywhere near as many chances as in the first half - Napoli look very comfortable now.
    • 60' GOAL! Hamsik makes it 3-0 and maybe Napoli will run riot. Collecting Inler's throughball, Hamsik touches the ball around Benussi before tucking in from a very tight angle with his right foot.
    • 57' Pandev hits the post! Napoli are threatening to run riot here. Gargano bursts into space down the left wing before pulling his cross back to Pandev, who runs onto the ball and strikes it against the base of the post with his right foot.
    • 55' Palermo look rattled after that, and who can blame them? That was a stunning strike by Cavani.
    • 54' GOAL! Cavani makes it 2-0 and what a goal it is! Cutting inside onto his right foot, the Uruguayan lets fly from 20 yards and leaves the outstretched Benussi with no chance. Fantastic strike.
    • 51' I should bring you up to date with a couple of half-time changes for Palermo: Alvarez and Acquah are ON. Della Rocca and Vázquez are OFF.
    • 49' It's all Napoli at the start of the second half, as Walter Mazzarri's side look to double their lead early on.
    • 47' Looks like we're in for another open half. Pandev waltzes into a shooting position on the edge of the box and draws a good one-handed save from Benussi with his low shot.
    • 46' SECOND HALF STARTS
    • 45' Can Palermo fight back or will Napoli secure the win they need to move to within two points of fifth-placed Inter Milan? Follow and tweet me your thoughts on the game here
    • 45' HALF TIME. So that brings an entertaining first half to an end. It's Palermo 0-1 Napoli at the break.
    • 44' Migliaccio flicks Miccoli's free-kick into the box but he is a yard or two offside, and the Palermo celebrations are short lived.
    • 44' Paolo Cannavaro has been floored after Vasquez clattered into him.
    • 43' Shame for Napoli, who had Cavani free in the box during that attack.
    • 42' Gargano releases Hamsik down the left wing, but the Slovakian striker can't quite keep the ball in ball.
    • 40' Inler finds Pandev, who is forced to shoot from the edge of the box with his weaker right foot. Luckily for Palermo, the shot drifts just wide of the post.
    • 38' Campagnaro only half clears to Muñoz, who finds Miccoli on the left side of the box. The striker shifts the ball onto his left foot and squeezes a shot at goal, but it is rifled into the side-netting.
    • 36' Napoli make Palermo pay for that big miss, despite the host of big misses that preceded it.
    • 35' GOAL! Pandev scores for Napoli. Cavani picks out the run of Gargano with a sumptious throughball. Gargano delivers a cross to Pandev, who gets ahead of Muñoz to steer the ball in at the near post.
    • 33' Despite that miss - the worst of all tonight - Palermo look the more likely to open the scoring. Napoli look vulnerable at the back.
    • 31' Awful. Just awful.
    • 30' Another sitter missed - this time the guilty party is Palermo captain Miccoli. Palermo cut Napoli open with a blistering attack that sees Balzaretti receive the ball on the left wing. The full-back's cross to the unmarked Miccoli is perfect, but the skipper takes his eye off the ball and puts his feeble header well wide.
    • 28' But Pandev's delivery is intercepted by Miccoli and Palermo launch a fast counter-attack that, for a moment, sees Napoli outnumbered four to three at the back. But the key Palermo pass is sloppy and the visitors get away with it.
    • 27' Maggio finally gets some joy down the Napoli right, forcing Balazaretti into conceding a free kick in a dangerous area...
    • 25' The referee must have missed the touch off De Sanctis, as he has awarded a Napoli goal kick.
    • 24' Another huge chance for Palermo as Budan releases Vázquez, who tries to clip the ball over De Sanctis. But the goalkeeper gets a vital touch to send the ball over his bar. Massive chance for Palermo.
    • 22' A brilliant marouding run by Campagnaro sees his side win a throw deep in Palermo territory.
    • 21' Aronica floors Budan and Miccoli finds the head of Muñoz with resulting free-kick. But Muñoz, under pressure from Campagnaro, cannot direct his header towards goal.
    • 19' Napoli's meaningful attacks coming down the left wing at the moment, with Maggio getting very little change out of Balzaretti.
    • 17' Palermo's turn for a glaring miss. Vázquez clips the wall into the box and Barreto puts a free header wide. Miccoli drills the difficult rebound wide.
    • 15' Cavani plants a free header well wide after great work by Hamsik down the left wing. That was a glaring miss by the former Palermo man.
    • 13' Miccoli hits the three-man wall and Napoli are able to clear.
    • 12' Palermo are creating the more coherant attacks at the moment as Miccoli is tripped on the edge of the box after a slick counter-attack. The Palermo captain will take the resulting free-kick...
    • 10' In an almost identical attack, Cavani heads towards goal again - this time Benussi tips over for a corner.
    • 9' Big chance for Napoli. Dossena flights a ball into the box and Cavani, stretching his head back to reach the ball, heads onto the roof of the Palermo net.
    • 8' Napoli's first chance falls to Gargano, who exchanges passes with Pandev before firing a low effort into the arms of Benussi in the Palermo goal.
    • 6' Miccoli whips the corner into the box and Muñoz rises highest but his header is intercepted and cleared.
    • 5' Palermo maintain the pressure with a corner...
    • 4' Napoli respond with a slick attack led by Pandev, who introduces Maggio from the right wing. But Maggio's cross is cut out.
    • 3' Huge early chance for Palermo as Budan races clear, but his low show shot is saved well by De Sanctis. Real scare for Napoli, that.
    • 2' Napoli, in their yellow away strip, get things underway at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 19.40 Palermo old boy Edinson Cavani has already scored 35 goals in 49 league appearances for Napoli; he had netted just 34 in 109 games for Palermo. But Napoli are winless in their last four league games on the road (three draws and a defeats).
    • 19.35 Palermo have won the last five games at home against Napoli - with four of those games ending 2-1. The home side have a good record at home this season - after winning six games in a row at the Barbera this season, Palermo lost their first 0-1 against Cesena.
    • 19.30 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of this Serie A clash between Palermo and Napoli at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.
  • Summary

    • 89' GOAL! Miccoli makes it 3-1. Too little, too late, but Miccoli glances in Balzaretti's cross from the left.
    • 60' GOAL! Hamsik makes it 3-0 and maybe Napoli will run riot. Collecting Inler's throughball, Hamsik touches the ball around Benussi before tucking in from a very tight angle with his right foot.
    • 57' Pandev hits the post! Napoli are threatening to run riot here. Gargano bursts into space down the left wing before pulling his cross back to Pandev, who runs onto the ball and strikes it against the base of the post with his right foot.
    • 54' GOAL! Cavani makes it 2-0 and what a goal it is! Cutting inside onto his right foot, the Uruguayan lets fly from 20 yards and leaves the outstretched Benussi with no chance. Fantastic strike.
    • 47' Looks like we're in for another open half. Pandev waltzes into a shooting position on the edge of the box and draws a good one-handed save from Benussi with his low shot.
    • 44' Migliaccio flicks Miccoli's free-kick into the box but he is a yard or two offside, and the Palermo celebrations are short lived.
    • 35' GOAL! Pandev scores for Napoli. Cavani picks out the run of Gargano with a sumptious throughball. Gargano delivers a cross to Pandev, who gets ahead of Muñoz to steer the ball in at the near post.
    • 30' Another sitter missed - this time the guilty party is Palermo captain Miccoli. Palermo cut Napoli open with a blistering attack that sees Balzaretti receive the ball on the left wing. The full-back's cross to the unmarked Miccoli is perfect, but the skipper takes his eye off the ball and puts his feeble header well wide.
    • 24' Another huge chance for Palermo as Budan releases Vázquez, who tries to clip the ball over De Sanctis. But the goalkeeper gets a vital touch to send the ball over his bar. Massive chance for Palermo.
    • 17' Palermo's turn for a glaring miss. Vázquez clips the wall into the box and Barreto puts a free header wide. Miccoli drills the difficult rebound wide.
    • 15' Cavani plants a free header well wide after great work by Hamsik down the left wing. That was a glaring miss by the former Palermo man.
    • 10' In an almost identical attack, Cavani heads towards goal again - this time Benussi tips over for a corner.
    • 9' Big chance for Napoli. Dossena flights a ball into the box and Cavani, stretching his head back to reach the ball, heads onto the roof of the Palermo net.
    • 3' Huge early chance for Palermo as Budan races clear, but his low show shot is saved well by De Sanctis. Real scare for Napoli, that.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Palermo

    Manager: Bortolo Mutti

  • Napoli

    Manager: Walter Mazzarri

  • Line-up

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      Substitution Out45′ 5.4 -
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      Substitution Out68′ 5.1 -
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      Substitution In45′ 4.9 -
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      Substitution Out72′ 6.1 -
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      Goal Substitution Out77′ 6.9 -
      Goal 7.6 -
      Goal Substitution Out82′ 7.8 -
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      Substitution In72′ 6.4 -
      Substitution In77′ 6.8 -