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Napoli keep Champions League dream alive

Published: Tuesday 1 May 2012, 22.52CET
A 2-0 home success against US Città di Palermo lifted SSC Napoli into third place in Serie A on a night when AS Roma drew a blank at AC Chievo Verona.
Napoli keep Champions League dream alive
Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring for the fourth successive league match ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 1 May 2012, 22.52CET

Napoli keep Champions League dream alive

A 2-0 home success against US Città di Palermo lifted SSC Napoli into third place in Serie A on a night when AS Roma drew a blank at AC Chievo Verona.

First-half strikes by Edinson Cavani and Marek Hamšík enabled SSC Napoli to keep their UEFA Champions League hopes alive with a 2-0 success against US Città di Palermo.

Morgan De Sanctis made an early double save from Josip Iličić and Abel Hernández to prevent the hosts from falling behind, but the Partenopei, who had themselves struck the bar through Gökhan Inler, broke the deadlock after Milan Milanović was penalised for handball in the area.

Former Rosanero striker Cavani converted the spot kick to register his 23rd league goal of the campaign, and Napoli doubled their advantage ten minutes before the interval when Hamšík surged on to Goran Pandev's reverse pass and beat Emiliano Viviano.

Napoli's third Serie A win in four lifts Walter Mazzarri's charges three points clear of Udinese Calcio, FC Internazionale Milano and S.S. Lazio, who all play on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, AS Roma's prospects of returning to UEFA competition suffered a further setback as they drew 0-0 in rainswept conditions at AC Chievo Verona. The Giallorossi lie seventh after a run of just one victory from their last six league matches.

Last updated: 01/05/12 23.20CET

Results

Italian Serie A 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 14/05/2012 18:10 CET

01/05/2012

NapoliNapoli2-0PalermoPalermo

Cavani 16 (P), Hamšík 35

Venue: Napoli

01/05/2012

ChievoChievo0-0RomaRoma

Venue: Verona

Standings

*Atalanta BC have had 6 points deducted
Last updated: 14/05/2012 18:10 CET

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