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Italian Serie A

San Paolo (ATT 39,000) 5th May 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A Giannoccaro

Napoli Napoli vs Inter Milan Inter

Napoli 3

E Cavani (3, pen 33, 78)


Inter 1

R Alvarez (pen 23)

Cavani treble inspires Napoli

Last Updated: 05/05/13 10:34pm

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Edinson Cavani celebrates completing his hat-trick

Edinson Cavani celebrates completing his hat-trick

Edinson Cavani hit a hat-trick as Napoli consolidated second place in Serie A with a 3-1 victory over Inter Milan.

The Uruguayan striker was his typically clinical self in front of goal with poacher's efforts in each half sandwiching a spot-kick.

It took Cavani's tally for the campaign 33 and with it increased the advantage over AC Milan to seven points.

Ricky Alvarez had equalised for Inter after 33 minutes, but the visiting defence could not handle Cavani and Andrea Stramaccioni's side are five points off a European place with three matches remaining.

Inter could not have made a worse start as Napoli struck after just three minutes.

Gordan Pandev's well-worked ball found Cavani, who from 12 yards planted the ball past the onrushing Samir Handanovic.

Two minutes later Inter almost levelled as Fredy Guarin's powerful free-kick was well kept out by Morgan De Sanctis and Juan fired over from the resulting rebound.

Blerim Dzemail's shot fell inches wide of the post before Christian Maggio's header was easily saved by Handanovic.

De Sanctis was called into action again after 16 minutes to block Alvaro Pereira's drive, before he tipped a Gaurin effort round the post and out for a corner.

However there was little he could do to keep out the equaliser after 22 minutes.

Camilo Zuniga's clumsy challenge gave the referee little option but to award the spot-kick, with Alvarez's well-taken effort giving De Sanctis little chance.

Inter were not level for long, however, and after 32 minutes Zuniga was brought down by Moreira Jonathan and Cavani converted from the spot for his 100th Napoli goal.

Handanovic had to be alert to keep out Pandev's shot early in the second period, while Andrea Ranocchia headed wide after 52 minutes.

Alvarez was again denied by De Sanctis after 57 minutes before Cavani gave his side a two-goal cushion as he converted Pandev's cross from close range.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 24 57
2 Roma 24 48
3 Napoli 25 45
4 Lazio 25 43
5 Fiorentina 25 42
6 Sampdoria 25 39
7 Genoa 24 36
8 Torino 25 36
9 Inter Milan 25 35
10 AC Milan 25 34
11 Palermo 25 34
12 Sassuolo 25 29
13 Udinese 24 28
14 Empoli 25 28
15 Verona 25 28
16 Chievo 25 25
17 Atalanta 25 23
18 Cagliari 25 20
19 Cesena 25 19
20 Parma 23 10