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Cavani spares Napoli from defeat by Bologna

Published: Monday 16 January 2012, 22.57CET
SSC Napoli required a 71st-minute penalty by Edinson Cavani to salvage a 1-1 home draw against Bologna FC and move to within ten points of Serie A leaders Juventus.
Cavani spares Napoli from defeat by Bologna
Edinson Cavani scores his 11th goal of the season with a penalty against Bologna ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 16 January 2012, 22.57CET

Cavani spares Napoli from defeat by Bologna

SSC Napoli required a 71st-minute penalty by Edinson Cavani to salvage a 1-1 home draw against Bologna FC and move to within ten points of Serie A leaders Juventus.

SSC Napoli missed the chance to close the gap significantly on Serie A's top five after being held to a 1-1 home draw by struggling Bologna FC.

Walter Mazzarri's side required a victory to move within two points of fifth-placed FC Internazionale Milano but, despite winning their previous three matches, needed a 71st-minute penalty by Edinson Cavani to salvage a point against the Rossoblù.

The game might have taken a different turn had Napoli scored on nine minutes when a set piece was knocked into the path of Marek Hamšík who was thwarted by a brave block from goalkeeper Jean-François Gillet. However, Marco Di Vaio might also have registered for the visitors instead of firing straight at Morgan De Sanctis. On 14 minutes the Felsinei were ahead, Robert Acquafresca exploiting a Ugo Campagnaro slip to score his third league goal of the season.

Goran Pandev twice came close for the hosts either side of the interval yet thereafter the Partenopei's quest for an equaliser appeared fruitless until Bologna's Diego Pérez handled in his area. Cavani netted his 11th league strike from the spot to take Napoli to within ten points of the summit. Bologna, meanwhile, climb a place to 16th.

Last updated: 17/01/12 11.05CET

Results

Italian Serie A 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 16/01/2012 22:56 CET

16/01/2012

NapoliNapoli1-1BolognaBologna

Cavani 71 (penalty)

Acquafresca 14

Venue: Napoli

15/01/2012

MilanMilan0-1InternazionaleInternazionale

Milito 54

Venue: Milano

15/01/2012

FiorentinaFiorentina0-1LecceLecce

Di Michele 66 (penalty)

Venue: Firenze

15/01/2012

ChievoChievo1-0PalermoPalermo

Sammarco 50

Venue: Verona

15/01/2012

ParmaParma3-1SienaSiena

Biabiany 24, Valiani 66, Giovinco 90+4

Grossi 79

Venue: Parma

15/01/2012

JuventusJuventus1-1CagliariCagliari

Vučinić 7

Cossu 48

Venue: Torino

15/01/2012

GenoaGenoa3-2UdineseUdinese

Granqvist 49, Janković 50, Palacio 71

Ferronetti 13, Di Natale 75 (penalty)

Venue: Genova

15/01/2012

CesenaCesena3-1NovaraNovara

Mutu 20, 39 (penalty), Rinaudo 45 (o.g.)

Morimoto 88

Venue: Cesena

15/01/2012

LazioLazio2-0AtalantaAtalanta

Hernanes 20 (penalty), Klose 90+1

Venue: Roma

14/01/2012

CataniaCatania-RomaRoma
Venue: Catania

Standings

*Atalanta BC have had 6 points deducted
Last updated: 16/01/2012 22:56 CET

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