Saturday August 2 2014
Napoli push past PAOK

Jose Callejon and Josip Radosevic saw Napoli beat PAOK 2-0 at the Stadio San Paolo.

This first pre-season friendly in their home stadium was the opportunity for fans to salute the new squad.

It took just 120 seconds to give the crowd something to cheer, as Marek Hamsik won back possession to set up Jose Callejon for a delightful lob from the edge of the box.

Edu Vargas and Callejon repeatedly changed position behind Duvan Zapata to confuse the opposition defenders.

New defender Kalidou Koulibaly impressed at the back, while Rafael had to perform several saves.

Hamsik is the first to admit he had a terrible 2013-14 campaign, but seemed to be back to his old self, forcing a very difficult save and setting up another chance Callejon had fingertipped off target.

Michu came on for the second half and immediately tested the Greek goalkeeper.

Raul Albiol should’ve done better when firing straight at Giakoumis on a corner and the same could be said for Athanasiadis under pressure from Cristian Maggio.

Goran Pandev is widely expected to leave Napoli this summer, but he almost scored with a curling effort that clipped the crossbar.

Martens and Koulouris threatened to draw PAOK level, but in stoppages Blerim Dzemaili’s wayward shot turned into an assist for Radosevic to make it 2-0.

Napoli: Rafael (Colombo 72); Mesto (Maggio 61), Albiol (Luperto 69), Koulibaly, Britos (Ghoulam 46); Gargano (Radosevic 61), Jorginho (Inler 46); Vargas (Mertens 46), Hamsik (Pandev 69), Callejon (Dzemaili 46); Duvan Zapata (Michu 46)

PAOK: Giakoumis; Kitsiou, Rat (Spyropoulos 53), Vitor (Skondras 53), Katsikas (Pozatzidis 62); Maduro (Kace 46), Tzandaris (Savvidis 56), Golasa (Martens 53); Mak, Pereyra (Koulouris 62), Athanasiadis