Saturday April 6, 2013 Day 31 Stadio San Paolo

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  1. Serie A - Napoli cruise past Genoa

    Serie A - Napoli cruise past Genoa

    Napoli strengthened their grip on second place thanks to a comfortable 2-0 victory over relegation threatened Genoa. More

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    • 93 They certainly weren't at their best but Genoa never really troubled them and in the end were worthy winners. Goals in the first half from Pandev and Dzemaili set up a comfortable 2-0 victory
    • 93 That's full-time and Napoli have taken a big step towards Champions League football next season.
    • 90 3 minutes of added time
    • 89 Cavani has another clear cut chance but fires his first time strike inches wide
    • 88 It's not going to be his night is it? Cavani unleashes a fierce effort from just outside the box and once again Frey denies the league's top scorer
    • 87 Final change for Napoli as the impressive Hamsik is withdrawn for the Belgian U21 international Omar El Kaddouri
    • 84 The home side are just seeing this one out now and passing the ball around
    • 82 Insigne should play Cavani in on goal but instead shoots himself and forces a corner. From the resulting set-piece, Cavani rises highest but is denied by Frey
    • 79 Nasty challenge by Juan Vargas earns him a booking
    • 77 Napoli are inviting their opponents to apply pressure by sitting back and Immobile is the latest Genoa player to have a sight of goal but drags his effort wide. Meanwhile, Goran Pandev makes way for Lorenzo Insigne
    • 75 Behrami is taken off as Inler comes on for Napoli
    • 73 Big decision! Immobile is clean through before knocking the ball past the on-rushing de Sanctis and it seems the Napoli 'keeper takes him down but the referee gives a free out for simulation and books the Genoa striker
    • 71 Genoa continue to see plenty of possession but aren't really going anywhere. With a little over fifteen minutes to go, a goal could change the flow of this game
    • 69 Napoli looking to kill this game off as Hamsik's low cross from the left goes across the six yard box but no blue shirt is there to slot it home
    • 68 Genoa make their final change as Cristóbal Jorquera replaces Juraj Kucka
    • 65 Kucka was booked for his part in the penalty
    • 65 SAVED! Cavani steps up but Frey guesses right and parries his effort away to safety
    • 64 Kucka gets the wrong side of Hamsik and trips his opponent, giving the referee no option but to point to the spot
    • 63 At times Genoa have managed to get in behind the back three of Napoli but they've been unable to do anything with the ball in the final third
    • 61 Those changes from the visitors have just changed the flow of the game slightly with Genoa now seeing a lot more of the ball with Napoli happy to sit back
    • 58 Ruben Olivera replaces Bosko Jankovic for Genoa
    • 56 Penalty appeals for the home side as Cavani is bundled over by Portanova but the referee waves away the claims
    • 55 Genoa are opened up open as Pandev finds Cavani on the right but his goal bound effort is deflected inches wide
    • 53 The home side come surging forward again with Hamsik down the left but his low cross is well handled by Frey with Cavani waiting to slot home
    • 52 Genoa make their first change as Juan Vargas replaces Andrea Bertolacci
    • 50 At the other end, Armero is picked out by a long ball from Cannavaro but the left back can't keep his shot on target from a tight angle
    • 49 Bertolacci is fouled by Cannavaro and the Genoa man stays down but after a bit of treatment, he's able to continue
    • 47 Edison Cavani comes so close to extending Napoli's lead but he can't beat Frey from a tight angle
    • 46 Just like the first half, Genoa start the half on the front foot and they force a corner but the delivery is poor and Napoli clear
    • 45 The teams are back out on the pitch and we're ready to go in this second half. No changes to either side as Genoa get us back underway
    • 45 The game has gone exactly how the home side would have wanted and are well on their way to another vital three points. However, Genoa will take some heart from their first half showing and an early goal in the second period will bring them right back into the contest
    • 45 The referee blows the whistle for half-time and Napoli are in cruise control after fine goals from Pandev and Dzemaili
    • 44 For the first time, the visitors attack with pace but Ciro Immobile wastes the opportunity after a perfectly timed ball from Rigoni
    • 42 Just a couple of minutes left in this first half as Napoli continue to boss proceedings
    • 40 Genoa have only won twice on the road this season, a record which isn't surprising given their league position
    • 39 It's been all too easy for the home side so far as they continue to be given far too much space in midfield by Genoa
    • 37 Napoli are happy to sit back and soak up the Genoa pressure and hit their opponents swiftly on the break
    • 37 Campagnaro is booked for diving by the referee
    • 35 Another brilliant solo run from Hamsik as he weaves his way into the box but is denied by the feet of Frey
    • 33 Some rare confusion in the Napoli defence as a harmless cross is parried by de Sanctis before Armero clears
    • 32 Immobile does well to fend off two Napoli defenders but after making the space for a shot, his effort is high and wide
    • 30 Dzemaili netted a hat-trick in last week's win at Torino and that was a clinical finish from the Napoli midfielder
    • 28 GOAL! Dzemaili doubles Napoli's lead after a swift counter-attack involving Cavani and Hamsik
    • 27 Genoa have responded well to that Pandev goal and seem to have settled into this game. They are having plenty of possession but don't look very threatening
    • 25 Last season Napoli won 6-1, their biggest win vs Genoa in all 95 home/away matches in all leagues
    • 24 Brilliant individual run from Hamsik as he skips past three Genoa players but in the end is crowded out
    • 23 Napoli are been given far too much space and Genoa need to settle into this game before they find themselves out of the contest
    • 20 The home side applying the pressure now as they search for a second. Cavani's shot is initially blocked but it falls to Hamsik inside the box but he can't get it out of his feet, allowing Genoa to scramble it clear
    • 19 That was Pandev's 5th goal of the season in all competitions
    • 17 GOAL! Goran Pandev fires Napoli into an early lead. Cavani wins the ball in midfield before slidding a perfect ball into the path of Pandev to fire past Frey from just inside the area
    • 16 The visitors will be pleased with how they've started the game. Apart from a couple of long-range efforts, they haven't been seriously troubled by the Napoli trio of Hamsik, Cavani and Pandev
    • 13 Pandev receives the ball from the right and after turning two players, he shoots just wide with Frey rooted to the spot
    • 12 Every time Genoa get the ball they are trying to get at the Napoli back four and Immobile is very nearly in on goal but the pass is just slightly overhit
    • 10 Cavani looks to get in behind the Genoa defence but the ball over the top is overhit and Frey collects
    • 9 Portanova returns to the field sporting a white bandage around his head.
    • 8 After a positive start from the away side, Napoli have bossed possession and are looking dangerous everytime they go forward
    • 6 Nasty looking cut above the eye for Portanova after an aerial challenge with Cavani. He is on the sidelines being treated at the minute.
    • 4 The home side beginning to turn the screw already as Hamsik's low cross is well dealth with before Pandev's dangerous shot is parried away by Genoa 'keeper Frey.
    • 3 Napoli attack for the first time as Hamsik picks out Cavani on the right but his cross is too deep.
    • 2 Bright start from the visitors as they keep possession well before Bertolacci tests Morgan de Sanctis with a long-range effort.
    • 1 The home side get us underway in their traditional sky blue kit, playing from right to left in this first period.
    • 19:44 The two teams emerge from the dressing rooms as we approach kick-off. Remember to get in touch on Twitter @RyanBailey37 with your predictions and comments.
    • 19:41 Serie A top-scorer Edinson Cavani starts up front for Napoli. The striker scored twice during last week's victory over Torino, bringing his tally to 22 goals for the campaign.
    • 19:31 Napoli are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 matches in Serie A while Genoa have failed to win any of their last eight away games in the league.
    • 19:24 TEAM NEWS: Napoli - De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Britos, Maggio, Behrami, Dzemaili, Hamsik, Armero, Pandev, Cavani /// Genoa - Frey, Granqvist, Jankovic, Antonelli, Rigoni, Immobile, Moretti, Matuzalem, Kucka, Portanova, Bertolacci.
    • 19:17 With leaders Juventus winning yesterday, it's a must win game for the home side as they look to reduce the twelve point gap at the summit. Meanwhile, it's an equally important game for Genoa for very different reasons. They find themselves in the relegation places but a point tonight would lift them out of the drop-zone.
    • 19:11 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport’s LIVE coverage of the Serie A clash between Napoli and Genoa, kick off at 7.45pm. I’m Ryan Bailey and you can contact me on Twitter (@RyanBailey37) throughout the game with your predictions and comments.
    • - Napoli host troubled Genoa in Sunday's late game as they look to defend second place in Serie A and you can follow all the action right here.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Napoli

    Manager: Walter Mazzarri

  • Genoa

    Manager: Davide Ballardini

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