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Italian Serie A

Ennio Tardini 27th January 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: G Rocchi

Parma Parma vs Napoli Napoli

Parma 1

P Cannavaro (og 74)

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Napoli 2

M Hamsik (20)
E Cavani (85)

Cavani boost for Napoli

Last Updated: 27/01/13 5:54pm

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Edinson Cavani celebrates his winner

Edinson Cavani celebrates his winner

Edinson Cavani struck a late winner as Napoli took full advantage of Juventus' slip on Saturday to close back to within three points of the Serie A pacesetters with victory over Parma.

It appeared Napoli would have to settle for a draw at the Stadio Ennio Tardini after Paolo Cannavaro's 75th-minute own goal cancelled out Marek Hamsik's first-half opener.

However, Cavani had other ideas and the in-form Uruguayan raced clear five minutes from the end to slot home the winning goal and inflict a first home league defeat on Parma since last March.

Juve's recent blip in form continued last night as they were surprisingly held at home by relegation-threatened Genoa, and Napoli looked determined to turn the heat up on the leaders with a victory today.

The Azzurri had already tried their luck through Goran Pandev before Hamsik opened the scoring in the 29th minute, the Slovakia forward beating Aleandro Rosi before drilling a low shot past Parma keeper Antonio Mirante.

Napoli went in search of a second goal before the break but Cavani's free-kick was easily saved by Mirante, who then had to work a lot harder to deny Blerim Dzemaili with a brilliant save when one-on-one.

Parma produced little to worry Napoli before the interval but they almost drew level in the 53rd minute when Alessandro Lucarelli drilled in a shot from outside the box which Morgan De Sanctis needed to tip over the bar.

The hosts were celebrating an equaliser 15 minutes from time, though, when former Parma defender Cannavaro, starting a game for the first time since his six-month ban was overturned on appeal, inadvertently deflected Nicola Sansone's left-wing cross into his own net at the near post.

That looked like proving costly for Napoli, but with time running out they snatched a winner thanks yet again to that man Cavani.

The South American beat the offside trap and coolly finished past Mirante to take his tally to 27 goals in all competitions this season.

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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