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Friday July 26 2013
Higuain watches Napoli victory

Gonzalo Higuain was in the stands to watch his new Napoli teammates beat Carpi 3-0 in a friendly today.

The striker has not officially completed his €37m transfer from Real Madrid yet, but it is only a matter of paperwork.

He was at the training camp in Dimaro today to see the players in action. The Partenopei gave Dries Mertens his debut against Serie B side Carpi, but Juan Camilo Zuniga was benched.

Goalkeeper Rafael needed a couple of crucial early saves, but Goran Pandev broke the deadlock on a classic counter-attack set up by Marek Hamsik.

Moments later, Valon Behrami tapped in after Mertens had combined with Pandev, then Swiss international Blerim Dzemaili scored with one of his trademark free kicks.

Play had to be halted in Dimaro for several minutes when the pitch was hit by a heavy thunderstorm that left large puddles around the field.

A Gokhan Inler screamer was beaten away and Emanuele Calaiò earned a penalty, but fired the spot-kick itself past the post.

Napoli 3-0 Carpi

Scorers: Pandev 12 (N), Behrami 15 (N), Dzemaili 19 (N)

Napoli: Rafael (Colombo 46) (Sepe 73); Mesto (Zuniga 46), Cannavaro (Fernandez 46), Britos (Gamberini 46), Armero (Dossena 46); Behrami (Radosevic 46), Dzemaili (Inler 46); Mertens (Novothny 71), Hamsik (Callejon 46), Insigne (Tutino 80); Pandev (Calaiò 46)

Missed penalty: Calaiò 70 (N)

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