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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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Italy Serie A

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1 Juventus 33 87
2 Roma 33 79
3 Napoli 33 67
4 Fiorentina 33 58
5 Inter Milan 33 53
6 Parma 33 51
7 Torino 33 48
8 AC Milan 33 48
9 Lazio 33 48
10 Verona 33 46
11 Atalanta 33 46
12 Sampdoria 33 41
13 Genoa 33 39
14 Udinese 33 38
15 Cagliari 33 33
16 Chievo 33 30
17 Bologna 33 28
18 Livorno 33 25
19 Sassuolo 33 25
20 Catania 33 20