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Second place almost secure for Napoli

Published: Saturday 27 April 2013, 23.05CET
A goalless first half gave way to an attacking masterclass as SSC Napoli beat Pescara Calcio to trim Juventus's Serie A lead to eight points and move ten clear in second place.
Second place almost secure for Napoli
Napoli players celebrate Gökhan Inler's opening goal against Pescara ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Saturday 27 April 2013, 23.05CET

Second place almost secure for Napoli

A goalless first half gave way to an attacking masterclass as SSC Napoli beat Pescara Calcio to trim Juventus's Serie A lead to eight points and move ten clear in second place.

After a goalless first half SSC Napoli turned on the style to sink Pescara Calcio and trim Juventus's Serie A lead to eight points.

With just four fixtures remaining for the Partenopei the title may be out of reach, but the emphatic win at Pescara has left Napoli ten points clear in second place, ideally positioned to secure automatic UEFA Champions League football next term.

Denied repeatedly in the first period, it took less than a minute for the visitors to set that right after the break. Gökhan Inler's deflected drive opened the floodgates before Goran Pandev swivelled and planted a second in the bottom corner. Blerim Dzemaili's rocket from range flew into the top corner with nine minutes left to crown an impressive win. 

Earlier, Roberto Pereyra gave Udinese Calcio their fourth win on the bounce, curling into the bottom-right corner just before the hour to sink Cagliari Calcio, who had Mauricio Pinilla sent off late on.

In the day's only other game, Alberto Gilardino snatched a point for Bologna FC with his 13th of the season after Luigi Giorgi had acrobatically volleyed Atalanta BC in front.

Last updated: 26/06/13 20.17CET

Results

Italian Serie A 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 14/05/2013 09:40 CET

27/04/2013

PescaraPescara0-3NapoliNapoli

Inler 46, Pandev 58, Dzemaili 81

Venue: Pescara

27/04/2013

AtalantaAtalanta1-1BolognaBologna

Giorgi 67

Gilardino 76

Venue: Bergamo

27/04/2013

CagliariCagliari0-1UdineseUdinese

Pereyra 56

Venue: Trieste

Standings

*Atalanta BC have had 2 points deducted
*UC Sampdoria have had 1 points deducted
*Torino FC have had 1 points deducted
*AC Siena have had 6 points deducted
Last updated: 14/05/2013 09:40 CET

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