SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 38 - 19 May 2013 (19.45 UK)
Roma 2 - 1 Napoli
Marquinho 47 (R), Destro 58 (R), Cavani 84 (N)
Stadio Olimpico

Roma pushed past Napoli 2-1 and with this result end the season ahead of rivals Lazio.

The Giallorossi had numerous problems going into the Derby del Sole, as Francesco Totti was suspended with Daniele De Rossi, Federico Balzaretti, Marquinhos and Maarten Stekelenburg injured. They were also distracted by next week’s Coppa Italia Final with arch-rivals Lazio.

Napoli had their minds elsewhere too, as Walter Mazzarri will only announce his decision after the game, but many assume the Coach is going to leave this summer. Rumours also persist around the future of Edinson Cavani. Lorenzo Insigne sat out a ban with Hugo Campagnaro sidelined.

Roma had won just one of the last five editions of this fixture, drawing three and losing another. There was an unfortunate start for Napoli, who lost Goran Pandev to a sprained ankle and had to introduce Omar El Kaddouri.

Antonio Rosati denied Miralem Pjanic’s curling free kick, then Edinson Cavani skipped past Nicolas Burdisso only to lose balance and scuff the finish.

Destro blasted over from a promising position and Marek Hamsik stung Bogdan Lobont’s gloves, while Cavani had penalty appeals.

In first half stoppages Roma somehow failed to score. Rosati parried from Marquinho, then Destro’s effort hit the upright and he tried to chip the follow-up only to find a Paolo Cannavaro acrobatic goalline clearance.

The Giallorossi did break the deadlock straight after the restart, as Erik Lamela held it up on the edge of the box for a Marquinho right-foot blockbuster that almost broke the net.

Destro did get his goal eventually thanks in part to a Rosati error, as the goalkeeper had already gone to ground the wrong way when Destro cut back past Rolando, so only flapped a weak trailing hand at the finish.

Napoli did pull one back as Cavani put the icing on the cake of his Capocannoniere title by taking advantage of a lucky ricochet to turn in.


Roma: Lobont; Torosidis (Piris 67), Burdisso, Castan, Dodò (Perrotta 80); Bradley, Tachtsidis; Lamela, Pjanic (Florenzi 76), Marquinho; Destro
Napoli: Rosati; Rolando, Cannavaro (Calaiò 73), Britos (Armero 53); Maggio, Behrami, Dzemaili, Hamsik, Zuniga; Pandev (El Kaddouri 7), Cavani
Ref: Banti