SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 37 - 12 May 2013 (14.00 UK)
Napoli 2 - 1
Grillo 36 (S), Cavani 73 (N), Hamsik 93 (N)
Stadio San Paolo

Marek Hamsik scraped a stoppage-time winner over already-relegated Siena for Napoli’s last home game of the season.

The Partenopei had already put second place under lock and key, while Robur were resigned to next season in Serie B after four consecutive defeats without finding the net. Alessandro Rosina was suspended with Nicola Pozzi and Simone Vergassola sidelined.

Siena had lost their last three League visits to the San Paolo and news filtered through from the lunchtime kick-offs that they were mathematically relegated.

Edinson Cavani and Innocent Emeghara had early opportunities saved, while Gokhan Inler’s snapshot stung the goalkeeper’s palms.

Cavani’s looping header from a corner clipped the top of the crossbar. Moments later he was sent clear by an Omar El Kaddouri through ball only to hit the upright with his angled drive.

El Kaddouri flashed across the face of goal, but Napoli were wasteful and Siena took the lead from a set play.

A free kick was floated over everyone to find Fabrizio Grillo totally unmarked and he finished it off with a wonderful shot off the outside of the boot, curling across Antonio Rosati into the far top corner. It was an amazing way to mark the 26-year-old’s Serie A debut.

Cavani nodded the ball across the face of goal rather than towards the net and nobody was there to make the most of it, but 10 seconds later Emeghara blasted over on the counter-attack.

Rolando should’ve drawn Napoli level, but turned off target as a set piece was floated to the back post. Cavani broke through the middle on 42 minutes only to fire straight at Gianluca Pegolo, who had bravely rushed off his line.

Emeghara went close to a second for Siena after the restart, as he came sliding in at the back post and just missed contact with Agra’s assist.

Pegolo had his gloves stung by a powerful Blerim Dzemaili strike, then Cavani had the ball in the net after he had been flagged offside.

Gianluca Grava took off his shirt and mouthed ‘I love you’ to the fans as he was substituted in what is his final game at the San Paolo.

El Kaddouri’s fine run was not matched by the finish, which was straight at the goalkeeper. Rosati flew to palm away a Christian Terlizzi header, even though the flag had been raised for a push. Agra also wasted the chance to make it 2-0, as his first touch let him down on Bolzoni’s assist.

Napoli did eventually equalise when Marek Hamsik’s free kick was volleyed on to the bar by El Kaddouri, but Cavani nodded in the rebound from six yards.

Siena kept pushing and at the 92nd minute Rosati needed a tough save on Michele Paolucci’s solo effort.

However, just as Napoli fans were resigned to a draw, Marek Hamsik popped up for the winner. The Slovak burst through the middle to chip the on-rushing goalkeeper from a tight angle after a great passing move from Lorenzo Insigne and Goran Pandev.


Napoli: Rosati; Grava (Insigne 56), Cannavaro, Rolando; Mesto, Dzemaili, Inler, El Kaddouri (Pandev 78), Armero; Calaiò (Hamsik 63), Cavani
: Pegolo; Terzi, Terlizzi, Felipe; Vitiello (Angelo 63), Bolzoni, Calello, Della Rocca; Grillo, Agra (Reginaldo 79); Emeghara (Paolucci 69)
Ref: Giacomelli