SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 14 - 26 Nov 2012 (18.00 UK)
Cagliari 0 - 1 Napoli
Hamsik 72 (N)
Stadio IS Arenas

A second half strike from Marek Hamisk was enough to give Napoli a rather fortunate 1-0 win over Cagliari.

With Edinson Cavani and Goran Pandev missing, it was up to Lorenzo Insigne to lead the line for the Partenopei as they travelled to Sardinia to face Cagliari.

Walter Mazzarri's men were looking for the three points that would see them move into second and put pressure on leaders Juventus.

It was in fact the home side though, who started the brighter of the two teams. Nene and Daniele Conti had speculative efforts at goal, but they dominated the ball and stifled the Neapolitans attacking threat.

Midway through the half however, they almost opened the scoring. Insigne skipped past Lorenzo Ariaudo before curling a shot around Michael Agazzi, but the effort struck the inside the post and agonizingly rolled across the line.

The Isolani had a real shout for a soon after, as Alessandro Gamberini slid in on Conti inside the area, but it was the captain's header that really should have seen them taking the lead. A Thiago Ribeiro corner found the 33-year-old, but his effort skimmed the outside of the post.

After the interval, the hosts’ continued where they had left off as Conti’s teasing cross was deflected on to his own crossbar by Paolo Cannavaro.

It was in the wide areas where the Islander's were having all the joy – Thiago Ribeiro and Albin Ekdal were causing all sorts of problems, and it was the latter who teed up Rajda Nainggolan for a volleyed effort that went just wide.

It looked like it wasn’t to be the visiting team’s night, but with just over 15 minutes remaining, they netted against the run of play - Juan Zuniga drove his way into the area before squaring to Hamsik, who coolly slotted the ball past Agazzi and into the bottom right-hand corner.

 The Sardi applied some late pressure, but the Azzurri stayed solid and held out for an invaluable three points.


Cagliari: Agazzi; Pisano, Rossettini, Ariaudo, Avelar; Ekdal (Ibarbo 80), Conti, Nainggolan; Thiago Ribeiro (Ceppellini 86); Sau, Nene (Dessena 88)
Napoli: De Sanctis; Gamberini, Cannavaro, Britos; Maggio (Mesto 64), Behrami, Inler, Dzemaili (Vargas 66), Zuniga; Hamsik, Insigne (Dossena 83)