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Cavani carries Napoli into Coppa Italia semi-finals

Published: Wednesday 25 January 2012, 22.44CET
Edinson Cavani scored twice as SSC Napoli overcame holders FC Internazionale Milano to earn a Coppa Italia semi-final encounter with AC Siena, who saw off AC Chievo Verona.
Cavani carries Napoli into Coppa Italia semi-finals
Edinson Cavani scored his 17th and 18th goals in all competitions for Napoli against Inter ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 25 January 2012, 22.44CET

Cavani carries Napoli into Coppa Italia semi-finals

Edinson Cavani scored twice as SSC Napoli overcame holders FC Internazionale Milano to earn a Coppa Italia semi-final encounter with AC Siena, who saw off AC Chievo Verona.

Edinson Cavani scored both goals as SSC Napoli sealed a 2-0 success against FC Internazionale Milano to book a Coppa Italia semi-final encounter with AC Siena, who edged a narrow victory against AC Chievo Verona.

In an open contest, Cavani broke the deadlock with a 50th-minute penalty and settled the tie with a wonderful individual strike at the end of an enthralling contest in which both sides could have progressed.

Napoli might have won more comfortably had Christian Maggio not fired over with only Luca Castellazzi to beat after 15 minutes. The hosts continued to dominate with Walter Gargano curling a 19th-minute free-kick wide and Salvatore Aronica firing straight at the visiting goalkeeper after a swift counterattack. The hosts' opening goal eventually arrived five minutes after the interval when Cavani converted a penalty awarded after he had been felled by Thiago Motta.

Thereafter the cup holders showed more attacking purpose, Wesley Sneijder forcing Morgan De Sanctis into action with a long-range free-kick before twice firing narrowly wide from distance. The Netherlands midfielder also played Ricardo Álvarez in with a clever pass but the Argentinian could only fire tamely at De Sanctis. Cavani was not so profligate, though, dancing around Andrea Ranocchia and Castellazzi to end Inter's eight-match winning sequence in style.

The Partenopei's next opponents will be Siena, who reached the semi-finals for the first time in their history after beating Chievo 1-0 despite being reduced to ten men for half an hour. The visitors had taken the lead on 54 minutes when Alessandro Gazzi flicked on a corner for Mattia Destro to head in from close range and, although the hosts mounted a late rally after Paolo Grossi was dismissed, the Flying Donkeys held on.

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