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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 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