SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 37 - 11 May 2014 (14.00 UK)
Sampdoria 2 - 5 Napoli
Zapata 19 (N), Insigne 27 (N), Eder 30 (S), Callejon 32 (N), Hamsik 47 (N), Mustafi og 61 (N), Wzsolek 88 (S)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Napoli subjected Sampdoria to a 5-2 thrashing with Marek Hamsik’s first Serie A goal since October.

Neither side had anything to play for, as the Blucerchiati were comfortably mid-table and the Partenopei secure of third place and the Coppa Italia trophy. Stefano Okaka sat out a ban for the hosts with Pedro Obiang sidelined, while Napoli missed Gonzalo Higuain, Raul Albiol, Valon Behrami, Rafael and the suspended Miguel Angel Britos and Blerim Dzemaili. Christian Maggio made his comeback after emergency surgery for a collapsed lung in February.

Napoli took the lead after 19 minutes from a set play. Vincenzo Fiorillo did all he could to fingertip a Federico Fernandez header on to the crossbar, but Duvan Zapata was ready to nod in the rebound.

The Partenopei doubled their advantage with Lorenzo Insigne’s screamer from distance, though it appeared to take a deflection to wrong-foot Fiorillo as it looped under the bar.

Sampdoria got themselves back into it with an Eder blockbuster that zipped past Pepe Reina to ricochet in off the far post.

It was a thrilling first half at Marassi, as Jose Callejon blasted in a free kick, but Fiorillo really should’ve done better. The Spaniard celebrated with a pacifier, marking the birth of daughter India this week.

Eder threatened a second that was deflected out for a corner and Reina smothered a Maxi Lopez diving header.

The second half started in a similar vein, as Napoli went 4-1 up when Zapata set up Marek Hamsik for his first goal since October, a simple tap-in from close range.

Sampdoria crumbled at Marassi with an own goal, as Callejon rolled a ball across and in his attempts to anticipate Zapata, Shkodran Mustafi only deflected into his own net.

Juan Camilo Zuniga made his comeback, while goalkeeper Toni Doblas was given his Serie A debut, but was beaten by a Wszolek left-foot curler under the bar.


Sampdoria: Fiorillo; De Silvestri, Mustafi, Gastaldello, Regini; Palombo, Krsticic (Renan 58); Gabbiadini (Sansone 64), Soriano, Eder; Maxi Lopez (Wszolek 80)
Napoli: Reina (Doblas 79); Maggio, Fernandez, Mesto, Reveillere; Inler, Jorginho; Insigne, Hamsik (Mertens 65), Callejon (Zuniga 72); Zapata
Ref: Chiffi