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Italian Serie A

San Paolo (ATT 38,000) 7th April 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: L Banti

Napoli Napoli vs Genoa Genoa

Napoli 2

G Pandev (18)
B Dzemaili (29)


Genoa 0

Napoli boost Euro hopes

Last Updated: 07/04/13 9:58pm

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Blerim Dzemaili got one of Napoli's goals

Blerim Dzemaili got one of Napoli's goals

Napoli opened up a four-point cushion over third-place AC Milan in the hunt for a berth in the group stage of the Champions League next season thanks to a comfortable 2-0 win over struggling Genoa.

Goals from Goran Pandev and Blerim Dzemaili in the first half earned Walter Mazzarri's side all three points at the Stadio San Paolo with Edinson Cavani seeing his penalty saved in the second half.

A third goal was not required to assert Napoli's authority on the game, though, as they reduced the arrears on Juventus to nine points with seven games of the season left, but perhaps more importantly increased their advantage over the Rossoneri.

Genoa, meanwhile, are now in a three-way tie for 17th place with relegation becoming an increasingly serious prospect.

It could have been a completely different night for Genoa had Bertolacci's second-minute effort not been saved by Morgan De Sanctis.

The visitors looked motivated, but the wind was taken from their sails in the 18th minute when Cavani played in Pandev, who skipped past Emiliano Moretti as he slipped and lifted his shot into the top left-hand corner.

Dzemaili doubled Napoli's advantage just 10 minutes later when he was set up by Marek Hamsik, coolly slotting the ball into the far corner beyond the reach of goalkeeper Sebastien Frey.

Napoli had the chance to make it three midway through the second half when Jiraj Kucka clipped the heel of Hamsik inside the area, but Frey pushed Cavani's penalty away to safety.

The Frenchman proved to be Cavani's nemesis as he made two more fine reflex saves from the Uruguayan striker, who confirmed it was not his night when he blazed a shot wide with the goal gaping in the last minute.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 37 86
2 Roma 37 70
3 Lazio 37 66
4 Napoli 37 63
5 Fiorentina 37 61
6 Genoa 37 59
7 Sampdoria 37 55
8 Inter Milan 37 52
9 Torino 37 51
10 AC Milan 37 49
11 Palermo 37 46
12 Sassuolo 37 46
13 Verona 37 45
14 Chievo 37 43
15 Empoli 37 42
16 Udinese 37 41
17 Atalanta 37 37
18 Cagliari 37 31
19 Cesena 37 24
20 Parma 37 18