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Napoli subdued as Milan show title credentials

Published: Monday 28 February 2011, 23.45CET
SSC Napoli missed the chance to catch Serie A frontrunners AC Milan as the Rossoneri opened up a five-point lead in the table with a 3-0 home victory, while Málaga CF won in Spain.
Napoli subdued as Milan show title credentials
Zlatan Ibrahimović celebrates after scoring the opening goal ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 28 February 2011, 23.45CET

Napoli subdued as Milan show title credentials

SSC Napoli missed the chance to catch Serie A frontrunners AC Milan as the Rossoneri opened up a five-point lead in the table with a 3-0 home victory, while Málaga CF won in Spain.

AC Milan sent out a powerful message to fellow Serie A title contenders SSC Napoli with a 3-0 victory against their third-placed opponents at San Siro.

A win for the visitors would have drawn them level with the Rossoneri at the top of the standings but second-half goals from Zlatan Ibrahimović, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Pato instead lifted Massimiliano Allegri's men five points clear of closest challengers FC Internazionale Milano.

Napoli appeared nervous in the opening 45 minutes and were fortunate to make it to half-time on level terms but the home side were more clinical in the second period. Mark van Bommel saw an early effort pushed away by Morgan De Sanctis but moments later Salvatore Aronica was penalised for handball in the area and Ibrahimović (49) swept in the penalty.

Pato, a constant menace all evening, was denied from the edge of area by De Sanctis with the goalkeeper then thwarting Robinho's point-blank effort. Substitute Boateng finally claimed the second after 77 minutes after being teed up by Pato, and the Brazilian rounded off a resounding victory with a sumptuous third from 20 metres two minutes later.

In the meeting of Spain's bottom two, Málaga CF came from behind to beat Andalusian rivals UD Almería 3-1 and climb off the bottom – dumping Almería there in their place. Although Sofiane Feghouli struck first for Almería, second-half goals by Enzo Maresca, José Rondón and Juanmi turned the match Málaga's way against opponents who lost José Ulloa and Antonio Luna to late red cards but also hit the woodwork twice.

In the night's Premier League game, West Bromwich Albion FC climbed out of the bottom three with a 1-1 draw at Stoke City FC after Carlos Vela stepped off the bench to equalise Rory Delap's opener with two minutes remaining.

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Last updated: 28/06/2011 14:49 CET

28/02/2011

MilanMilan3-0NapoliNapoli

Ibrahimović 49 (p), Boateng 77, Pato 79

Venue: Milano

27/02/2011

SampdoriaSampdoria0-2InternazionaleInternazionale

Sneijder 73, Eto'o 90+4

Venue: Genova

27/02/2011

BresciaBrescia2-2LecceLecce

Caracciolo 16, Zoboli 19

Corvia 31, Munari 70

Venue: Brescia

27/02/2011

CagliariCagliari1-0LazioLazio

André Dias 40 (o.g.)

Venue: Cagliari

27/02/2011

PalermoPalermo0-7UdineseUdinese

Alexis Sánchez 19, 28, 42, 48, Di Natale 10, 41, 60 (p)

Venue: Palermo

27/02/2011

BariBari1-1FiorentinaFiorentina

Ghezzal 87

Gilardino 21

Venue: Bari

27/02/2011

CesenaCesena1-0ChievoChievo

Jiménez 90 (p)

Venue: Cesena

27/02/2011

RomaRoma2-2ParmaParma

Totti 19 (p), Juan 36

Amauri 74, 79

Venue: Roma

27/02/2011

CataniaCatania2-1GenoaGenoa

Maxi López 51, Bergessio 56

Floro Flores 19

Venue: Catania

26/02/2011

JuventusJuventus0-2BolognaBologna

Di Vaio 49, 66

Venue: Torino

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