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Luigi Ferraris (ATT 30,000) 30th September 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: P Tagliavento

Sampdoria Sampdoria vs Napoli Napoli

Sampdoria 0

D Gastaldello (S/O 66)

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Napoli 1

E Cavani (pen 67)

Napoli take narrow victory

Last Updated: 30/09/12 4:36pm

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Marek Hamsik in action for Napoli.

Marek Hamsik in action for Napoli.

Edinson Cavani's second-half penalty earned Napoli a deserved 1-0 victory over Sampdoria in a match they dominated at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

The Uruguay international converted after a foul which earned Daniele Gastaldello a red card and Napoli, already the better side against 11 men, could easily have won by more but for wayward finishing throughout.

Samp's Marcelo Estigarribia and Eder had gone close in the first half but they were isolated threats as the home side were largely overrun.

Goran Pandev set the tone early on with a shot which was saved by Sergio Romero, before Christian Maggio and Marek Hamsik failed to test the home goalkeeper.

Estigarribia's shot was just inches wide of the left post and Gastaldello headed over as the Genoese side tried to establish themselves in the game.

Cavani headed just wide and Eder was narrowly off-target at the other end as the first half ended goalless.

Eder's 30-yard effort caused concern for Napoli early in the second period but the visitors were soon back on the offensive, though Hamsik and Hugo Campagnaro were wasteful with their finishing.

The breakthrough came in the 67th minute, though, when Gastaldello brought down Hamsik and was dismissed and Cavani took full advantage by stroking the penalty into the bottom right corner.

From that point on there was only one team in the game, and Romero was forced to take off to save substitute Lorenzo Insigne's shot.

He made an even better save as Cavani targeted the top corner, before Hamsik sliced his shot a long way wide.

Campagnaro had the final chance deep into stoppage time, but blazed his right-foot shot high over the bar.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 15 26
5 Genoa 15 26
6 Lazio 15 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 15 23
9 Udinese 15 21
10 Palermo 15 21
11 Inter Milan 15 20
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 15 17
14 Empoli 15 16
15 Torino 15 14
16 Atalanta 15 14
17 Chievo 15 13
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7