Serie A

  • G. Higuaín 3’
  • José Callejón 85’
02/11/2014
Serie A
Stadio San Paolo

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 0'
      I've been Keeghann Sinanan and it's been a pleasure. Bye for now.
    • 0'
      The referee ends the game, and Napoli have a huge and deserved three points. Goals from Higuain and Callejon at the beginning and end of the game did the damage. Napoli jump to third place, and they will stay there for tonight at least. Roma miss a huge chance to put pressure on Juve, and could fall
    • 0'
      The end of a pulsating first half, where Napoli have somehow been limited to only one goal. It came after three minutes via Higuain, but the flurry of chances that followed did not yield another. Roma have been stampeded at times, but still have a chance to get back in this match. I'll be back with
    • 0'
      Rudi Garcia makes no less than six alterations to his XI from the team that beat Cesena 2-0 three days ago. The likes of Daniele De Rossi and Juan Iturbe make way, while Francesco Totti and Alessandro Florenzi step into the starting lineup. There's also a change in goal, as Morgan De Sanctis returns
    • 0'
      Napoli drew 1-1 away to Atalanta last time out, and Benitez makes only two changes to that side. Gokhan Inler and Dries Mertens both have to settle for a spot on the bench this evening. Jorginho replaces the Swiss in midfield, while Lorenzo Insigne comes in the the Belgian out on the flanks.
    • 0'
      Roma (4-3-3): De Sanctis; Torosidis, Manolas, Mapou, Cholevas; Pjanic, Keita, Nainggolan; Florenzi, Totti, Gervinho.
    • 0'
      Napoli (4-2-3-1): Rafael; Maggio, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Jorginho, David Lopez; Callejon, Hamsik, Insigne; Higuain.
    • 0'
      The last two meetings between these sides have both come at San Paolo, and both have seen the home team win without conceding. Napoli beat Roma 3-0 in the Coppa Italia in January, before a 1-0 victory in the corresponding league fixture last March. However, Roma had won the previous three games agai
    • 0'
      To give you an idea of just how close this season's title race is shaping up to be, look no further than the standings. Roma are locked with Juventus with identical tallies for points, goals scored and goals conceded. In fact, the only thing separating the pair is the narrow 3-2 win for the Biancone
    • 0'
      I'm Keeghann Sinanan, and I'll be your guide for this afternoon's events in Naples. The home team's fortunes have been decidedly mixed this season. They currently sit in seventh place, and Rafa Benitez would be the first to admit that his side are not performing up to expectations. Already, the Part
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to what looks like a potential Serie A classic, as Napoli take on Roma at San Paolo. The hosts are currently on a six-match unbeaten streak in the league, but come up against a side that has matched Juventus toe-to-toe, and sits level on points with the three-time champs at the top
    • 1'
      We're off!
    • 2'
      Excellent early pressure from Napoli! Insigne turns in Higuain's cross from an offside position and the goal is ruled out. Moments later, the latter sends another dangerous delivery into the heart of the area that De Sanctis needs to punch clear! All this in the opening two minutes!
    • 3'
      G G. Higuaín Assist A. Florenzi
    • 3'
      SUPERB OPENER! NAPOLI AHEAD! Incredible stuff from the home side. A deep ball into the box is deflected into the path of Higuain well inside the box. There was a stroke of luck about the delivery, but absolutely none about the finish. The Argentine connects with an acrobatic scissor kick, beating De
    • 5'
      Insigne fires just wide! Napoli are trampling all over the capital side here, as they carve their way through their ranks once again. Higuain has been heavily involved, and he slides a pass to Insigne, whose 20-yard effort flashes just shy of the near post!
    • 7'
      Nothing is going Roma's way at the moment. They're struggling to win 50-50 balls in midfield, and can't string more than a few passes together. Napoli, by contrast, look razor sharp in everything they do.
    • 9'
      Roma very nervy at the back, with Manolas giving up possession cheaply to keep play camped in the visitors' half. Struggling to pick out a single redeeming quality about their performance so far.
    • 11'
      SUPER SAVE FROM DE SANCTIS! The Partenopei attacked with purpose again, and Insigne let fly from just outside the box for the second time already. It was heading for the bottom corner, but the fingertips of the keeper diverted it around the post!
    • 13'
      THUDDED OFF THE CROSSBAR! How are Napoli not further ahead? Roma's first real attack ends quickly, and the hosts respond with a pulsating counter. Callejon dribbles to the edge of the area before cracking a wonderful effort off the frame of the goal!
    • 15'
      The pace of this game is just incredible, and Roma nearly carve their way through! They have a three-on-three break, and Totti feeds Pjanic inside the box, but his attempted ball to Florenzi at the far post is narrowly intercepted! Wonderful stuff on show.
    • 17'
      Another Roma attack breaks down, this time from a set piece. That allows the hosts to break once again, but Callejon's shot from inside the box is narrowly deflected out! That could have been more trouble.
    • 19'
      Roma are starting to take a more measured approach to their build up, which is allowing them to keep possession better. Too often we've seen their frantic pace lead to careless giveaways in the opening minutes here.
    • 21'
      Now it's Napoli's turn to keep a hold of the ball. A stark departure in tempo from the gung-ho opening to the game. We've finally been granted something of a breather!
    • 23'
      Terrific challenge from Koulibaly! Gervinho had space to run at the top of the box, and was so close to wriggling his way through to Rafael. However, a timely toe from the defender wins back possession in a crucial position.
    • 25'
      The final ball is still lacking from a Roma point of view. Though the chances have dried up somewhat, Napoli still look far more purposeful whenever they're on the ball.
    • 26'
      J. Holebas is cautioned by the referee.
    • 27'
      DOUBLE CHANCE! Maggio crosses on the overlap, and it flashes dangerously over the head of Higuain. Napoli reset from the opposite side, and Insigne snaps an effort just wide of the far corner! How many more openings is he going to get to score!
    • 29'
      Callejon with an early ball over the top that looks promising for Higuain, but Yanga-Mbiwa challenges him for it and wins back possession excellently. The two players aren't happy with each other after that incident, but the referee quickly sorts it out.
    • 31'
      Roma are still very much in this game, somehow only managing to concede one goal in the face of immense Napoli pressure. They seem to have weathered the storm, but can they make it count at the other end?
    • 33'
      Napoli's hard work in midfield is as much to credit for their fast start as anything. Their pressure of the man on the ball has been immediate and structured. It's helped them keep possession in dangerous areas before the defence has had time to recover.
    • 35'
      Roma look like they could use a genuine presence in the box. The front three of Florenzi, Gervinho and Totti falls very much into the roaming category. There's no consistent target making runs behind the defence.
    • 37'
      Pjanic has seen plenty of the ball on the right side of the midfield three, but he's generally failed to orchestrate anything meaningful. The playmaker needs to keep trying though, as we all know that he's capable of that one killer pass to unlock any defence.
    • 39'
      A long free kick from the left-hand side is too easy for Rafael. The keeper distributes the ball excellently to spark Insigne on the break, but his attempted feed to Callejon is intercepted by Yanga-Mbiwa.
    • 40'
      C. Maggio gets yellow.
    • 41'
      Hamsik plays an awesome early cross into the area that finds Callejon at the far post, but the forward's sliding finish is put wide! That was a great opening for Napoli to make it 2-0.
    • 42'
      A. Florenzi receives a yellow card.
    • 43'
      Gervinho wins out in a challenge and frees Totti with a first-time pass, but the captain's control lets him down again, and Koulibaly can pick up the pieces just outside the area.
    • 44'
      NAPOLI RATTLE THE WOODWORK AGAIN! Higuain latches onto a through pass inside the box, but De Sanctis forces him wide! Insigne follows up quickly, but hits the crossbar!
    • 46'
      Here we go again.
    • 48'
      Pjanic feeds Florenzi near the top of the box, and his cutting pass nearly finds Totti inside the area. Had he connected with that, then Napoli would have been in some real trouble.
    • 50'
      Roma are controlling all of the ball in the opening stages of the second half, but there's none of the penetration that characterized Napoli's beginning to the previous period.
    • 52'
      Higuain has half a chance to wriggle into space inside the box, but attention from Manolas puts him off exploiting the gap at the near post. Good defending from the Greece international.
    • 54'
      FLORENZI PUTS IT WIDE! Pjanic and Totti combine splendidly down the right, and the former plays a gilt-edged pass into the area, which is stabbed the wrong side of the post!
    • 56'
      Roma are doing infinitely better in building their play in the second half. I can't help but get the feeling that Napoli are regretting not putting further daylight between the two sides when they had the chance.
    • 58'
      The ball has stayed with Roma for the past few minutes, as Napoli are being forced further back into their own half. The visitors are edging closer and closer to a breakthrough.
    • 60'
      RAFAEL WITH THE SAVE! Florenzi latches onto an early ball behind the full back, and runs on towards the near post. Tight angle, but he had to go for the shot, which the keeper thwarts.
    • 62'
      Florenzi's first-time pass is wasteful, but Roma are keeping the pressure up. They're getting more time on the ball, as Napoli have let up with the pressing that was so prevalent in the first half.
    • 64'
      SI J. Iturbe SO A. Florenzi
    • 64'
      J. Iturbe comes on for A. Florenzi.
    • 64'
      Koulibaly has been been excellent throughout this game, and he makes another magnificent interception to cut out a cross at the near post. Roma are ramping up the pressure.
    • 65'
      SI M. Destro SO A. Florenzi
    • 65'
      M. Destro comes on for F. Totti.
    • 65'
      SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWO! Koulibaly's first touch is excellent, taking him past his man and sparking a dangerous break. He squares to Callejon centrally, but the finish from the forward is too meek, and Nainggolan is able to hack it off the line! Insigne shanks the follow up well wide.
    • 66'
      SI W. Gargano SO A. Florenzi
    • 66'
      W. Gargano enters the game and replaces M. Hamšík.
    • 67'
      Excellent ball in behind the defence from Lopez finds Jorginho on the overlap, but the midfielder's attempted reverse pass to Higuain is well off the mark, which makes it easy pickings for De Sanctis.
    • 68'
      David López is cautioned by the referee.
    • 69'
      Gervinho is brought down hard by Lopez in plain view of the referee, and he obliges immediately with a yellow card. That was a TOUGH challenge, and a deserved booking.
    • 71'
      A swift one-two pass from Napoli nearly frees Insigne inside the box, but a narrow deflection off Manolas takes the ball out for a corner, narrowly missing the far post in the process!
    • 72'
      SI D. Mertens SO A. Florenzi
    • 72'
      L. Insigne is done for the day. D. Mertens is his replacement.
    • 73'
      R. Nainggolan is yellow-carded.
    • 73'
      That's Insigne's last real action of the match. He's had a ton of chances to score, but has been thwarted each time. He's constantly been trying to make things happen though. On comes Mertens.
    • 74'
      Nainggolan takes out Mertens right on the corner of the box with a rough challenge. The referee pulls him up immediately for a booking, He's complaining, but he really has no right to. A yellow was the least he deserved after that two-footed foul.
    • 76'
      A really tense period in this match as Napoli have stepped their game up. Roma are having to wait to launch another period of pressure. They've got some defending to do!
    • 78'
      Gargano uses his fresh legs to storm down the byline, but a crucial tackle from Torosidis puts the ball out for a corner, just before he was about to pull the trigger at the near post!
    • 80'
      SI G. İnler SO A. Florenzi
    • 80'
      David López is replaced with G. İnler.
    • 80'
      Nainggolan sends a speculative shot well over the crossbar. Roma have really gone off the boil in the last quarter of an hour or so. On the balance of play since the first whistle though, I think that Napoli still deserve to be ahead.
    • 82'
      Less than 10 minutes remain here in Naples. Roma have begun a period of possession that may well be their last stand to find a way back into this game. Tense times ahead.
    • 84'
      SI A. Ljajić SO A. Florenzi
    • 84'
      A. Ljajić enters play, replacing V. Torosidis.
    • 84'
      Torosidis jogs off for Ljajic in an attacking change from Garcia. To be honest, I don't know what's taken him this long to make such a swap and bring on the Serb. He might have left it too late.
    • 85'
      G José Callejón Assist A. Florenzi
    • 85'
      G. Higuaín gave the assist.
    • 85'
      NAPOLI WRAP IT UP! The hosts break from the halfway line, and an early cross from Higuain picks out Callejon inside the box, who stabs home ahead of his marker! That will do it!
    • 87'
      You can't say that it wasn't deserved. Napoli have simply been the better side, creating more chances and opportunities. Make no mistake, this is a huge resut for Benitez's men, probably their best of the season.
    • 89'
      Very little time left now as the game is playing out its remaining minutes like a training exercise. Napoli can afford to keep all 11 men behind the ball now, they know their task is done.
    • EXTRA TIME
    • 90'
      Promising stuff from Napoli late on, as they try to pick off Roma's tired and demoralized players on the break. Tonight, the Partenopei have showcased how good they can be in attack.
    • 45'
      Tipped wide! On the next attack, Callejon's low cross is heading for a dangerous area at the far post, but De Sanctis palms it around the post ahead of the onrushing Higuain!
    • 90'
      Napoli nearly orchestrate another counter down the same flank that led to their second. However, Yanga-Mbiwa makes the interception ahead of Higuain's darting run. Close.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Attacker
    spain
    José Callejón
    7
    Captain

    SUBSTITUTES

    MANAGERS

    italy
    Carlo Ancelotti
    italy
    Claudio Ranieri

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 13 11
    Yellow Cards 2 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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