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Italian Serie A

San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza) (ATT 42,000) 14th April 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Rocchi

AC Milan AC Milan vs Napoli Napoli

AC Milan 1

M Flamini (30, S/O 72)

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Napoli 1

G Pandev (33)

Napoli stay four clear of Milan

Last Updated: 14/04/13 10:48pm

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Flamini celebrates his goal but was later sent off

Flamini celebrates his goal but was later sent off

Goran Pandev kept Napoli four points clear of AC Milan with the equaliser in a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Mathieu Flamini played both hero and villain as he briefly cut Napoli's lead over third place to a single point at San Siro before seeing red for a reckless challenge on Juan Camilo Zuniga in the second half.

The Azzurri were hoping to maintain their pursuit of Serie A leaders Juventus but Pandev's equaliser was only enough to cut the gap to eight points with six games remaining.

Morgan De Sanctis survived an early scare as Kevin-Prince Boateng's shot ricocheted off Paolo Cannavaro to streak towards the far corner, the Napoli keeper sticking out his trailing hand just in time.

The Rossoneri pressed on and Boateng volleyed Zapata's cross wide moments after the Colombian defender had missed a free header.

The first penalty call of the night came when Flamini appeared to control Marek Hamsik's cross with his arm, but referee Gianluca Rocchi was unmoved.

Pandev and Edinson Cavani soon threatened, the latter blasting high and wide after Philippe Mexes had closed down the Macedonian, but on the half-hour mark it was Milan who took the lead.

A neat exchange of passes between Giampaolo Pazzini and Robinho saw the ball roll into Flamini's path on the edge of the box.

The former Arsenal man wasted no time in arrowing a pinpoint drive into De Sanctis' bottom corner but, three minutes later, Napoli drew level.

Hamsik stunned a packed San Siro with a surging dribble down the flank that preceded a deft pass across the box for Pandev to collect and rattle home on the run.

Milan were denied the chance to wrest back the lead almost immediately when Rocchi saw nothing wrong with Miguel Angel Britos' bodycheck on Pazzini in the box.

Boateng pulled up injured to be replaced by M'Baye Niang before Cavani produced one last moment of real danger before the break.

The Uruguayan controlled a ball over the top with a sumptuous touch before lobbing Christian Abbiati, the Milan keeper only just managing to clear.

Abbiati needed to look alive again as play resumed, with Cavani winning a foot race against Zapata only to watch the ball being swept off his feet.

The early fizz did not carry over the interval and Robinho's misplaced cross from the corner flag inspired frustrated whistles from the home crowd.

A swift Milan counter-attack proved slightly more entertaining on the hour mark but Pazzini could not provide the killer pass for Niang.

Then, with 73 minutes on the clock, Flamini launched an out-of-control tackle at Zuniga to earn himself a red card and leave Milan a man light for the final throes.

Rocchi waved play on again as Napoli demanded a penalty for a presumed Zapata handball before substitute Emanuele Calaio bulleted a header wide of the mark deep into stoppage time.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 12 31
2 Roma 12 28
3 Napoli 11 21
4 Sampdoria 11 20
5 Genoa 11 19
6 Lazio 12 19
7 AC Milan 11 17
8 Udinese 11 17
9 Inter Milan 11 16
10 Verona 11 14
11 Fiorentina 11 13
12 Palermo 11 13
13 Sassuolo 11 12
14 Torino 11 12
15 Atalanta 12 10
16 Cagliari 11 10
17 Empoli 11 10
18 Chievo 11 8
19 Cesena 11 7
20 Parma 11 6