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Cavani shines for Napoli, Balotelli boosts Milan

Published: Sunday 17 March 2013, 23.29CET
SSC Napoli returned nine points shy of leaders Juventus as Edinson Cavani struck twice in a 3-2 defeat of Atalanta BC, and Mario Balotelli also hit a double as AC Milan prevailed.

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Published: Sunday 17 March 2013, 23.29CET

Cavani shines for Napoli, Balotelli boosts Milan

SSC Napoli returned nine points shy of leaders Juventus as Edinson Cavani struck twice in a 3-2 defeat of Atalanta BC, and Mario Balotelli also hit a double as AC Milan prevailed.

SSC Napoli brought Juventus' lead at the Serie A summit back down to single figures as Edinson Cavani struck twice in a 3-2 win against Atalanta BC, while Mario Balotelli also registered a double as AC Milan saw off US Città di Palermo 2-0.

Juve downed Bologna FC 2-0 on Saturday to maintain control at the summit, but Napoli made sure to keep the gap to nine points with a hard-fought home success. Cavani helped himself to his first league goals in seven outings, following up an early penalty with a smart low finish on the turn, yet a Paolo Cannavaro own goal and a Germán Denis strike restored parity on both occasions. Goran Pandev's 81st-minute effort ultimately settled the game.

Balotelli, meanwhile, produced a near-carbon copy of Cavani's display for third-placed Milan. The Italy striker converted an eighth-minute spot-kick and knocked in a deflected M'Baye Niang cross on 66 minutes to keep the Rossoneri in touch at the top.

Elsewhere, Francesco Totti became the second highest Serie A goalscorer of all time on 226 goals as AS Roma triumphed 2-0 against Parma FC. The Giallorossi moved level on 47 points with FC Internazionale Milano – whose meeting with UC Sampdoria was postponed due to bad weather – and S.S. Lazio, who lost Michaël Ciani to a red card in a 1-0 reverse at Torino FC.

Pescara Calcio succumbed to a pair of late strikes to lose 2-0 at home against AC Chievo Verona, while a Mattia Cassani own goal decided an exciting match in Florence, where ACF Fiorentina beat ten-man Genoa CFC 3-2. Lastly, the meeting between AC Siena and Cagliari Calcio finished goalless.

Last updated: 04/12/13 6.22CET

Results

Italian Serie A 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 17/07/2013 20:15 CET

17/03/2013

TorinoTorino1-0LazioLazio

Jonathas 78

Venue: Torino

17/03/2013

RomaRoma2-0ParmaParma

Lamela 7, Totti 70

Venue: Roma

17/03/2013

PescaraPescara0-2ChievoChievo

Stoian 88, Théréau 90+3

Venue: Pescara

17/03/2013

NapoliNapoli3-2AtalantaAtalanta

Cavani 4 (P), 64, Pandev 81

Cannavaro 31 (o.g.), Denis 73

Venue: Napoli

17/03/2013

FiorentinaFiorentina3-2GenoaGenoa

Aquilani 33, Cuadrado 62, Cassani 77 (o.g.)

Portanova 58, Antonelli 69

Venue: Firenze

17/03/2013

MilanMilan2-0PalermoPalermo

Balotelli 8 (P), 66

Venue: Milano

17/03/2013

SienaSiena0-0CagliariCagliari

Venue: Siena

16/03/2013

BolognaBologna0-2JuventusJuventus

Vučinić 61, Marchisio 73

Venue: Bologna

16/03/2013

CataniaCatania3-1UdineseUdinese

Gómez 49, 67, Lodi 71

Muriel 81

Venue: Catania

Standings

*UC Sampdoria have had 1 point(s) deducted
*Torino FC have had 1 point(s) deducted
*Atalanta BC have had 2 point(s) deducted
*AC Siena have had 6 point(s) deducted
Last updated: 17/07/2013 20:15 CET

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