Saturday May 4, 2013 Day 35 Stadio San Paolo

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  1. Serie A - Cavani hat-trick sees off Internazionale

    Serie A - Cavani hat-trick sees off Internazionale

    Edinson Cavani scored his 99th, 100th and 101st goals for Napoli as he inspired his side to a 3-1 win over Internazionale. More

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    • 90' FT Napoli 3-1 Inter Milan. That's it! Cavani scores his 99th, 100th and 101st goals for Napoli as he inspires his side to a convincing 3-1 win.
    • 89' Napoli playing for time now. They know they've had the measure of Inter tonight.
    • 87' Handanovic gathers as another low cross from the left almost reaches Cavani.
    • 85' Inter's heads have dropped now. They seem to know they have been beaten by a superior side.
    • 84' Pandev rightly gets a standing ovation as he departs. Has been superb against his former side.
    • 83' Napoli sub: Insigne on, Pandev off.
    • 81' Double Inter sub: Schelotto & Pasa on, Kuzmanovic & Ranocchia off
    • 80' Hamsik drives forward for Napoli and finds Cavani, who lashes wide from 25 yards. No fourth goal for him... yet.
    • 78' That's no less than Cavani, and Napoli, deserve tonight.
    • 77' GOAL! Cavani has his hat-trick! Inter caught out on the break as Cavani plays the ball out to Pandev on the left. His low cross is misjudged by Handanovic and Cavani slides the ball in at the far post.
    • 76' Inter probing for an equaliser, but they don't seem to have enough.
    • 74' Ranocchia goes into the book for a nasty one on Armero.
    • 72' Guarin rolls the resulting free-kick wide to Jonathan, but his cross is headed out by Cavani.
    • 70' Behrami catches Guarin late and that will be a yellow for the former West Ham man.
    • 68' Napoli break and Hamsik finds Pandev, who plays in Maggio, but the winger can't take the ball in his stride and the chance goes begging.
    • 67' So close to 3-1 and a Cavani hat-trick! Pandev fires in a brilliant low cross from the left. Cavani beats his man to the near post, but can only flick the ball into the side netting. Some fans in the stadium thought the ball had gone in.
    • 65' Napoli sub: Armero on, Dzemaili off.
    • 63' Napoli have taken back control of this game after Inter's brief resurgance,
    • 61' Napoli sub: Rolando on, Gamberini off.
    • 60' Hamsik finds Pandev, whose lovely first time pass finds Cavani - but play is brought back for a foul by Ranocchia on Pandev.
    • 59' Napoli not happy that they're being made to play with ten men at the moment. They can't understand why they can't make the change.
    • 57' Gamberini is down holding his groin and will have to be replaced.
    • 56' Big chance for Inter. Ricky is sent clean through but he is forced to shoot from an angle and De Sanctis parries to his left.
    • 55' Jesus dinks in a little cross from the left, but it's too far ahead of Cambiasso.
    • 53' Cavani could have made more of that by playing in Hamsik. Inter clear the corner.
    • 52' Cavani drives forward but, despite having Hamsik peeling off to the left and Pandev in space on the right, Cavani goes for goal from 25 yards - and his effort is deflected out for a corner.
    • 51' Napoli clear their lines but Inter, who have started the second half well, come back at them.
    • 50' Guarin's cross from the right finds Cambiasso, whose volley is deflected out for another corner.
    • 49' Chance at the other end as Ranocchia meets a corner from the right but heads just wide.
    • 48' Zuniga pulls the ball back to Hamsik, whose shot is blocked well by Ranocchia.
    • 47' Nice move by Napoli. Hamsik finds Pandev, who spins on the edge of the box abut fires his low effort straight at Handanovic.
    • 46' We're back underway.
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    • 45' HT Napoli 2-1 Inter Milan. Cavani double gives Napoli a deserved lead in a thoroughly entertaining game at the Stadio San Paolo.
    • 43' Inter just unable to match Napoli's fluidity going forward. Guarin and Ricky look very isolated at times.
    • 42' Jonathan threads the ball through to Pereira, who seems to think he has been fouled in the box. He hasn't, and is told to get back to his feet.
    • 41' Good move by Napoli. Hamsik receives the ball on the edge of the box, shifts it onto his left foot but slices his shot wide.
    • 40' The resulting corner is a wicked one that a full stretch Handanovic just about manages to bat away.
    • 39' Beautiful long ball by Hamsik finds Cavani, who wins a corner off Chivu.
    • 37' The game has lost some of its early zip. The relentless pace of the early stages has slowed somewhat.
    • 35' Inter knocking the ball around nicely at the moment, but not really getting anywhere.
    • 33' Lovely flick by Guarin finds Ricky, who threads the ball back through for Guarin, but the striker drags his shot well wide.
    • 32' That was Cavani's 100th goal for Napoli.
    • 31' GOAL! Cavani strikes the penalty low and hard into the corner. Handanovic had no chance and Napoli are back in front.
    • 29' PENALTY TO NAPOLI! Jonathan fouls Zuniga in the box and Cavani has the chance to reinstate Napoli's lead...
    • 28' Pandev gets a shot away from a tight angle, but there is no catching Handanovic out as the keeper guards his near post well.
    • 27' Chivu hacks the ball away after Handanovic spilled a fierce shot from distance.
    • 26' But Inter are able to clear this time. Inter unable to hold the ball for any amount of time - Napoli still well on top.
    • 25' Zuniga drives down the left and wins another corner for the home side.
    • 24' Napoli have reacted well to going behind, pinning Inter back at the moment.
    • 23' GOAL! De Sanctis gets a hand to the penalty, but Ricky levels for Inter. Very harsh on Napoli.
    • 22' PENALTY TO INTER. Ricky is sent through on goal and, under barely any contact from Zuniga, hits the ground. Blatant dive, but Inter have the penalty.
    • 21' Cavani fires in a superb low cross from the left but Hamsik cannot make contact. Close.
    • 20' Long ball is seized upon by Guarin, who cuts inside Zuniga and fires a low shot at goal - but De Sanctis saves.
    • 19' Cross from the left finds Guarin, but the striker is stretching for the header and his looping header is caught easily by De Sanctis.
    • 18' Behrami catches Ranocchia late, and the defender is receiving treatment.
    • 17' Cavani fires just wide, after a neat spin on the edge of the box. Just couldn't bend his shot inside the far post.
    • 16' Pereira throws himself into a challenge with Maggio, but the referee resists showing the Inter man a card.
    • 15' Brilliant play by Pandev down the right, as he skips free of two Inter defenders and sends in a dangerous low cross, but Hamsik can't quite make contact.
    • 14' This is a good spell for Inter, though.
    • 13' The resulting corner causes some panic in the Napoli defence, but they eventually hack it clear.
    • 12' Chance for Inter as Pereira spins well on the edge of the box and forces De Sanctis into a good one-handed save low to his right.
    • 11' But it's wave after wave of Napoli attack. This time a long ball catches Ranocchia out but Handanovic claims it before Cavani can reach it.
    • 10' Hamsik gets the ball back from his own short corner and crosses to the back post to the unmarked Maggio, whose header is straight at Handanovic.
    • 9' Hamsik wins a corner off Benassi as Napli maintain the pressure.
    • 8' Napoli really dominating though. They looks very strong tonight.
    • 7' It's an open and full-blooded game here. Chances and fouls aplenty!
    • 6' Another chance for Napoli as Dzemaili drives forward but, with Cavani and Hamsik in support, can only drag a poor shot wide. Inter were outnumbered there.
    • 5' Lightning fast start here!
    • 4' Chance for Inter! De Sanctis spills Guarin's free-kick and Pereira fires over the rebound from six yards. Big chance.
    • 3' GOAL! Cavani scores for Napoli! The striker darts between two Inter defenders to collect Pandev's pass and rifle the ball in from 12 yards with his first touch. Instinctive strike by the Uruguayan.
    • 3' Inter win an early corner, but Napoli do the basics and get the ball clear.
    • 2' Pereira is caught late by Dzemaili, and the Napli midfielder is lucky not to pick up a booking inside the first two minutes.
    • 1' We are underway at the Stadio San Paolo.
    • 19.40 We are five minutes from kick off in Naples, where Napoli are looking to tighten their grip on second place in Serie A, with Inter looking to keep their feint hopes of European qualification alive.
    • 19.35 NAPOLI: De Sanctis; Gamberini, Cannavaro, Britos; Maggio, Behrami, Dzemaili, Zuniga; Hamsik; Pandev, Cavani. Subs: Rosati, Colombo, Grava, Donadel, Rolando, Calaio, El Kaddouri, Mesto, Insigne, Radosevic, Armero, Inler. /// INTER MILAN: Handanovic; Ranocchia, Chivu, Juan Jesus; Jonathan, Kuzmanovic, Kovacic, Benassi, Pereira; Guarin, Alvarez. Subs: Belec, Carrizo, Schelotto, Rocchi, Cambiasso, Pasa, Forte, Garritano, Ferrara, Spendlhofer.
    • 19.30 Hello everyone. Welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of this Serie A clash between Napoli and Internazionale.

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  1. ”Cavani plays the ball out to Cavani on the left. His­ low cross is misjudged by Handanovic and Cavani slides­ the ball in at the far post.” - What a player!!! :-)

    From Laur, on Sun 5 May 21:28
  2. i hope that my team mcfc sign cavani, he is a top­ striker, no doubt about that. and he has always scored­ plenty for napoli where defenders there are much harder­ to play against

    From DAVID, on Sun 5 May 21:12
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