Saturday January 19, 2013 Day 21 Stadio Artemio Franchi

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  1. Serie A - Roncaglia scores freak goal as Fiorentina hold Napoli

    Serie A - Roncaglia scores freak goal as Fiorentina hold Napoli

    Facundo Roncaglia scored a freak goal from his own half as Fiorentina drew 1-1 with Napoli in Serie A at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. More

  • Live Commentary

    • 90+4' Well, that's the end of that. A draw probably a fair result in a game that produced little in the way of sparkle.
    • 90+3' AQUILANI!! Great chance at the edge of the box, but he scoops his shot over! Awful effort - more excellent work from Cuadrado to set it up...
    • 90+2' Ljajic has a chance to shoot at the edge of the box but takes one touch too many and the opportunity passes.
    • 90+1' Cuadrado crosses deep from the left towards Jovetic who meets the ball with an awkward-looking volley that bounces wide of the far post!
    • 90' FOUR MINUTES of added time to be played.
    • 89' It's all a little bit pedestrian - both teams showing signs of tiredness as this one winds down.
    • 88' Right, we're back under way. Is there a late twist?
    • 87' The game is still stopped, though Tomovic is back on his feet and should be able to continue - Fiorentina have no subs left.
    • 85' And there's a stoppage here after Tomovic slips over and gets a Napoli player landing on his head for his troubles.
    • 84' Fiorentina changes: Tomovic and Ljajic are off the bench for Pasqual and Toni.
    • 82' Pandev! Rises to power a downward header at goal and Neto makes a fantastic reaction save! He was helped by the ball bouncing up off the ground but still, a fine stop.
    • 81' Zuniga's cross from the left is cleared but Napoli are soon back on the attack.
    • 79' Magnificent ball from Hamsik to Cavani - and Neto does brilliantly to sprint out of his box and clear the ball about a nanosecond before Cavani gets to it.
    • 78' More good work from Campagnaro, who puts his foot in at the right time, dispossesses Toni and starts a counter-attack.
    • 76' Here come Napoli again - it's turning into a bit of an onslaught here.
    • 75' Insigne crosses again, this time with his right foot, but Roncaglia is there to head another clearance.
    • 73' Big save from Neto! He springs to his left to push away an Inler shot from the edge of the box. Napoli ratcheting up the pressure.
    • 72' Insigne is straight into the action as he crosses from the left, but the home team scramble the ball to safety.
    • 70' An injured Gamberini limps off for Napoli and is replaced by Lorenzo Insigne.
    • 68' And right on cue, Jovetic curls a fine ball towards Jovetic, but Campagnaro is right with the striker and leaps to make a good defensive header.
    • 67' It's not a great spectacle, but Napoli look the likelier scorers - they are just sharper up front. Jovetic has been totally anonymous and Toni is no match for Cavani these days.
    • 65' Toni doesn't have the pace he used to. He chases a through ball but won't get there, and instead concenrtates on trying to draw a foul off Britos. He is unsuccessful.
    • 63' Hamsik! He escapes his man in the box and has a free header, but it comes to him at a tricky angle and he fails to make any sort of contact - the ball bounces through to Neto.
    • 62' Cavani releases Pandev through the middle, but he is flagged just offside...
    • 60' Long shot from Aquilani, but it is straight at De Sanctis...
    • 58' Cavani takes a snapshot from the right side of the box but it is straight at Neto. Still, great hit from a difficult position.
    • 56' The crowd were furious when Behrami went off - clearly he was lucky not to pick up a second booking. For some reason the player had the hump when he went off... we continue.
    • 55' It's a classic 'taken off before sent off' job for Valon Behrami. Walter Mazzarri wisely withdraws him and replace him with Blerim Dzemaili.
    • 53' The free-kick is headed away and Napoli come forward on the break...thrashed wide by Cavani.
    • 52' Well, that's a let-off. Referee Bergonzi does not show Behrami a second yellow card. It was a definite bookable offence but I don't mind and decision that keeps 22 players on the pitch.
    • 51' Oof... this could be trouble. Behrami trips Cuadrado and he has already been booked...
    • 50' A pretty slow opening to the half. Aquilani tries a long ball for Toni that Britos intercepts adroitly.
    • 48' Napoli play a corner short, then Zuniga curls it into the box... headed clear.
    • 47' We had six bookings in a bad-tempered first half - would be no surprise to see Mauro Bergonzi whip out the red at some point.
    • 46' The second half is under way. No personnel changes from either manager.
    • - That equaliser was Edinson Cavani's 100th Serie A goal - 34 for Palermo, 66 for Napoli.
    • 45+2' And that Toni shot is the last kick of the first half. After a woeful start, it has really livened up. Back in a few minutes.
    • 45+1' Great chance for Toni as he meets a cross from the Fiorentina right, but he blazes it over!
    • 45' Just one minute of added time to be played.
    • 44' Handbags between Pasqual and Maggio (a former Fiorentina man). It's all deeply pointless and the ref tells them to knock it off. No need for further cards.
    • 43' What's De Sanctis up to?! He fails to come for a bouncing ball in the box and lets Toni in - but the shot hits the Napoli goalkeeper!
    • 42' GOAL! Cavani beats Neto with a bullet header, redirecting Hamsik's free-kick into the net. Quality finish from an excellent striker, Napoli on level terms.
    • 40' Napoli coming back into this - Pandev plays a nice ball towards Hamsik but Rodriguez is across alertly to intercept it.
    • 38' Another booking - this time Fiorentina's Gonzalo Rodriguez for a typically rugged piece of play.
    • 37' Cavani hits a free-kick - it's on target but straight at Neto.
    • 36' He's a diving so-and-so, but Juan Cuadrado is a real livewire. He's down in the box now, but the referee rightly waves away the penalty appeal.
    • 35' Cavani chases a through ball from Hamsik - he beats the offside trap but Neto races out of his goal and gets to it just before the Napoli striker.
    • 34' Well, that's certainly livened things up. That goal must have been scored from all of 70 yards - Roncaglia was on the right side of the pitch inside the Fiorentina half. Crazy.
    • 33' GOAL! RETE!! FIORENTINA LEAD! It's Facundo Roncaglia and it's completely bizarre! He knocks a long ball into the box from his own half and De Sanctis completely misjudges the flight of the ball - it sails over his head and bounces in!
    • 32' It's Pasqual who goes for goal, curling it left-footed over the wall, but he cannot get enough dip and the ball goes over.
    • 31' Zuniga brings down Cuadrado and this free-kick could offer a shooting chance to Jovetic or Pasqual.
    • 30' Fiorentina signed Savic from Manchester City last summer. He's certainly done better than he did in England, though he's not exactly mistake-free.
    • 28' Rather than keep doing this, shall I just tell you when a player ISN'T booked? Referee Bergonzi reaches for the cards again when Savic goes through the back of Pandev. Again, he can have no argument. Well, he can and does. I mean he SHOULD have no argument.
    • 27' Yellow again as Inler legs up Cuadrado. The Fiorentina man made the most of it, but it was still an obvious foul and a booking is the right outcome. Cynical from Inler.
    • 26' Another yellow, and this time it's for Luca Toni for a clumsy sliding challenge.
    • 24' Romulo again! Wasteful - he has at least two good options at the edge of the box but goes for goal and drags his shot wide.
    • 22' Wayward strike from Romulo, who sends the ball high over the bar after a nice move.
    • 20' It's not a very good game, but Fiorentina are just about on top at the moment. Another Viola corner is cleared.
    • 18' Jovetic tries a snapshot inside the box, but it deflects over the bar for a corner.
    • 16' Crash.... down goes Aquilani goes down again after he is held back by Gamberini. He makes the most of it, but it's another booking.
    • 14' Cavani tries a through ball for Pandev but it is blocked off by Neto.
    • 12' This is very bad-termpered. Behrami appears to dig an elbow into Aquilani's ribs as they jump for a ball in midfield - yellow card.
    • 10' More controversy! Down goes Toni in the box as Pasqual crosses it looks like he is being tugged over, but again there's no foul.
    • 8' Hamsik takes a high ball on the volley and sends the ball deftly into the box... nobody there.
    • 6' Cavni releases Hamsik down the left, who crosses for Pandebv... and his attempted left-foot volley is awful. Nice move, though.
    • 5' Looks like a foul on Luca Toni at the edge of the Napoli box, but again the ref waves play on and this time the crowd react furiously.
    • 4' Cuadrado runs from midfield for Fiorentina, then gets blocked off by a defender and chucks himself to ground. That's theatrical, and referee Bergonzi waves play on.
    • 3' Zuniga crosses from the left towards Maggio, but Pasquale is in attendance and lets the ball run out for a Fiorentina throw.
    • 1' Game on! Fiorentina kick off, playing from right to left as we see it.
    • 11:28 Out come the teams - Fiorentina in their famous purple, Napoli in white change shirts. The weather in Tuscany is pretty decent for this time of year - 8C and cloudy.
    • 11:25 Napoli, meanwhile, won their appeal against a two-point deduction relating to match-fixing claims. They are right in the title race, and will close to within three points of Juventus if they win today.
    • 11:25 The home team come into this game on something of a slide - they have lost all three of their games in 2013, including Wednesday's Coppa Italia tie against Roma. They played extra time and may be feeling the strain.
    • 11:20 FIORENTINA: Neto, Savic, Rodriguez, Roncaglia, Cuadrado, Romulo, Aquilani, Borja Valero, Pasqual, Jovetic, Toni... Subs: Viviano, Pizarro, Lupatelli, Seferovic, Llama, Migliaccio, Ljajic, Capezzi, Camporese, Tomovic. // NAPOLI: De Sanctis, Gamberini, Britos, Campagnaro, Maggio, Behrami, Hamsik, Inler, Zuniga, Pandev, Cavani... Subs: Rosati, Grava, Uvini, Donadel, Calaiò, El Kaddouri, Mesto, Dzemaili, Fernandez, Insigne, Armero, Cannavaro.
    • 11:15 Welcome to live coverage of the Serie A game between Fiorentina and Napoli from the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence!

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