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Sampdoria force Napoli to falter

Published: Sunday 17 February 2013, 22.40CET
SSC Napoli missed the chance to move within two points of leaders Juventus after being held by UC Sampdoria, while ACF Fiorentina saw off FC Internazionale Milano impressively.

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Published: Sunday 17 February 2013, 22.40CET

Sampdoria force Napoli to falter

SSC Napoli missed the chance to move within two points of leaders Juventus after being held by UC Sampdoria, while ACF Fiorentina saw off FC Internazionale Milano impressively.

SSC Napoli missed the chance to cut the gap at the top of Serie A to two points after being held to a goalless stalemate by UC Sampdoria at the Stadio San Paolo, while ACF Fiorentina were on top form to see off FC Internazionale Milano.

Having drawn with S.S. Lazio last weekend and lost to FC Viktoria Plzeň in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, the hosts were looking to get back to winning ways. They found the going tough, however, and had Valon Behrami to thank for a goal-line clearance from Andrea Costa's first-half header.

The Swiss midfielder then blocked again after the break, turning away a goalbound Mauro Icardi effort, while at the other end Marek Hamšík had an effort tipped onto the post by Sergio Romero. The result leaves second-placed Napoli four points behind Juventus, whom they meet on 1 March.

As for Fiorentina, they put in an outstanding performance to dismantle Inter 4-1 and move within a point of their fifth-placed opponents. Adem Ljajić headed the Viola into a 13th-mintue lead, before Stevan Jovetić curled a sublime second into the top corner ahead of the break.

The duo both notched again after the interval to ensure a resounding win which leaves the Nerazzurri winless on the road in Serie A since their 3 November success against Juve.

Elsewhere, Cagliari Calcio's fine form continued with a 2-0 success at Pescara Calcio, Marco Sau's second-half double making it six games without defeat for the visitors, who climbed up to 14th. Genoa CFC edged Udinese Calcio 1-0, Calcio Catania saw off Bologna FC by a single strike and Torino FC defeated Atalanta BC 2-1.

Last updated: 04/12/13 6.48CET

Results

Italian Serie A 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 14/05/2013 09:41 CET

17/02/2013

FiorentinaFiorentina4-1InternazionaleInternazionale

Ljajić 13, 65, Jovetić 33, 55

Cassano 87

Venue: Firenze

17/02/2013

GenoaGenoa1-0UdineseUdinese

Kucka 33

Venue: Genova

17/02/2013

NapoliNapoli0-0SampdoriaSampdoria

Venue: Napoli

17/02/2013

CataniaCatania1-0BolognaBologna

Sergio Almirón 42

Venue: Catania

17/02/2013

PescaraPescara0-2CagliariCagliari

Sau 53, 61

Venue: Pescara

17/02/2013

TorinoTorino2-1AtalantaAtalanta

Cerci 42, Birsa 87

Denis 75 (P)

Venue: Torino

16/02/2013

RomaRoma1-0JuventusJuventus

Totti 58

Venue: Roma

16/02/2013

ChievoChievo1-1PalermoPalermo

Théréau 55 (P)

Formica 5

Venue: Verona

15/02/2013

MilanMilan2-1ParmaParma

Paletta 39 (o.g.), Balotelli 77

Sansone 90+3

Venue: Milano

Standings

*Torino FC have had 1 points deducted
*UC Sampdoria have had 1 points deducted
*Atalanta BC have had 2 points deducted
*AC Siena have had 6 points deducted
Last updated: 14/05/2013 09:41 CET

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