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Roma leave it late to deny Napoli third spot

Published: Saturday 28 April 2012, 22.53CET
AS Roma's Fábio Simplício struck two minutes from time to deny SSC Napoli the victory they needed to go third and keep the Giallorossi's dream of a top-three finish alive.

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Published: Saturday 28 April 2012, 22.53CET

Roma leave it late to deny Napoli third spot

AS Roma's Fábio Simplício struck two minutes from time to deny SSC Napoli the victory they needed to go third and keep the Giallorossi's dream of a top-three finish alive.

SSC Napoli surrendered the initiative in the race for a top-three finish and a place in next season's UEFA Champions League after Fábio Simplício's late strike meant they had to settle for a 2-2 draw at AS Roma.

A win for Walter Mazzarri's men would have lifted them into third place, two points clear of S.S. Lazio, who travel to Udinese Calcio tomorrow. However, it was the hosts who forged ahead courtesy of a Marquinho goal four minutes before the break. The Partenopei responded, though, and levelled through Juan Zúñiga just after half-time, before taking the lead thanks to Edinson Cavani's 22nd Serie A goal this season.

However, Simplício struck two minutes from time to move Roma to within four points of Napoli and keep their hopes of a top-three finish alive. Elsewhere, Fabrizio Miccoli scored two minutes after the break to cancel out Nicola Legrottaglie's strike as US Città di Palermo drew with Calcio Catania and it finished goalless between Cagliari Calcio and AC Chievo Verona.

Last updated: 05/12/13 6.47CET

Results

Italian Serie A 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 01/05/2012 15:07 CET

28/04/2012

RomaRoma2-2NapoliNapoli

Marquinho 41, Fábio Simplício 87

Zúñiga 48, Cavani 67

Venue: Roma

28/04/2012

PalermoPalermo1-1CataniaCatania

Miccoli 47

Legrottaglie 25

Venue: Palermo

28/04/2012

CagliariCagliari0-0ChievoChievo

Venue: Trieste

Standings

*Atalanta BC have had 6 points deducted
Last updated: 01/05/2012 15:07 CET

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