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Italy Serie A

San Paolo 2nd September 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A Damato

Napoli Napoli vs Fiorentina Fiorentina

Napoli 2

B Valero (og 55)
B Dzemaili (75)

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Fiorentina 1

S Jovetic (87)

Napoli punish wasteful Viola

Last Updated: 02/09/12 11:35pm

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Blerim Dzemaili scored for Napoli

Blerim Dzemaili scored for Napoli

Napoli made it two wins from two in Serie A to keep pace with leaders Juventus but their 2-1 victory owed a lot to the poor finishing of Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic.

The Montenegro international scored a late goal, which turned out to be nothing more than a consolation for Fiorentina, after missing several earlier opportunities.

Napoli were already two goals to the good, with a Marek Hamsik header going in off Borja Valero and Blerim Dzemaili also netting, before Jovetic finally found the target.

Fiorentina, who suffered their first defeat of the league season, dominated the early proceedings but could not break the deadlock.

Jovetic beat Hugo Campagnaro after three minutes but shot wide and wasted another chance following a corner as he fired at Morgan De Sanctis.

The Fiorentina goalkeeper then watched Juan Cuadrado shoot wide before stopping a 30-yard effort from the same player.

Five minutes into the second half Cuadrado tried his luck with another long distance shot but his effort was again saved.

Five minutes later Fiorentina were made to pay for their missed chances as Camilo Zuniga's free-kick was headed towards goal by Hamsik with the ball hitting Valero before crossing the line for the opening goal.

Jovetic missed another chance after 65 minutes when his ambitious effort from long range went high over the bar.

With 15 minutes to go Napoli increased their lead as Dzemaili scored from the edge of the area with a shot which looked to wrap up the three points for the home side.

With just three minutes remaining Fiorentina finally got the goal their play deserved when Jovetic volleyed in.

But Napoli were able to see time out to claim a victory which keeps their winning start to the season intact.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 38 102
2 Roma 38 85
3 Napoli 38 78
4 Fiorentina 38 65
5 Inter Milan 38 60
6 Parma 38 58
7 Torino 38 57
8 AC Milan 38 57
9 Lazio 38 56
10 Verona 38 54
11 Atalanta 38 50
12 Sampdoria 38 45
13 Udinese 38 44
14 Genoa 38 44
15 Cagliari 38 39
16 Chievo 38 36
17 Sassuolo 38 34
18 Catania 38 32
19 Bologna 38 29
20 Livorno 38 25