SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 1 - 21 Dec 2011 (19.45 UK)
Napoli 6 - 1 Genoa
Cavani 12, 24 (N), Hamsik 16 (N), Jorquera 28 (G), Pandev 45 (N), Gargano 49 (N), Zuniga 80 (N)
Stadio San Paolo

Napoli ended 2011 on a high by tearing Genoa to shreds, as the 6-1 scoreline could’ve been even more damning.

Walter Mazzarri’s men hit the brakes in Serie A and suffered a shock home defeat to Roma at the weekend, in which they lost Ezequiel Lavezzi for a month. Goran Pandev shook off an injury to start, while Juan Zuniga took the wide role. Genoa missed Rodrigo Palacio, Juraj Kucka, Valter Birsa, Cesare Bovo and the suspended Emiliano Moratti.

Edinson Cavani broke the deadlock with the first real effort on target. He sprung the offside trap thanks to Seymour’s error to brilliantly trap a long pass and smashed it past Sebastien Frey from a tight angle.

Genoa’s defence was torn apart moments later with a classic counter-attack. Pandev went on the counter and spread the play for Hamsik, whose pass back hit Granqvist and ricocheted back into the Slovak’s path for a strike at the near post.

Cavani doubled his tally and put Genoa well and truly on the floor with another defensive error. The Uruguayan sprung the disastrous offside trap to chip Frey in a one-on-one.

Genoa pulled one back in a spectacular first half when Jorquera drilled low at the base of the near post with his left foot to make it 3-1.

Pandev wasted the chance for Napoli’s fourth, as he hesitated when clear on goal and allowed Granqvist to catch him.

The Macedonian did get his goal in first half stoppages with a classic counter, starting from the centre circle and given too much space to drill through the middle.

After the restart, Cavani should’ve had his hat-trick, but shinned the angled drive when one-on-one with Frey.

The fifth goal wasn’t far away, as Walter Gargano unleashed a wonderful curler from the edge of the box, making the most of Hamsik’s pull-back.

Cavani again wasted his treble by chesting down a cross-field pass only to fire wide of the post, accidentally hitting a photographer in the face.

Napoli kept wasting chances and got their sixth 10 minutes from time when Juan Zuniga smashed a glorious finish into the far top corner from the edge of the box.


Napoli: De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro (Fernandez 66), Aronica; Maggio, Inler, Gargano (Dzemaili 59), Zuniga; Hamsik, Pandev (Lucarelli 77); Cavani
Genoa: Frey; Mesto, Granqvist, Dainelli, Kaladze (Marchiori 58), Rossi, Veloso, Seymour (Merkel 50), Jorquera, Pratto, Caracciololo (Jankovic 46)
Ref: Valeri