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(ATT 12,000) 27th April 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A Romeo

Pescara Pescara vs Napoli Napoli

Pescara 0

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Napoli 3

G Inler (46)
G Pandev (58)
B Dzemaili (82)

Napoli stride towards CL spot

Last Updated: 27/04/13 10:28pm

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Napoli players celebrate at Pescara

Napoli players celebrate at Pescara

Napoli opened up a 10-point advantage over third-place AC Milan and moved closer to sealing their place in the Champions League next season thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over struggling Pescara.

Pescara goalkeeper Ivan Pelizzoli tried to provide some resistance for Serie A's bottom club, but once the first goal was scored by Gokhan Inler in the 46th minute, there was no looking back for Napoli.

Goran Pandev and Blerim Dzemaili added further goals to prevent Juventus from being able to celebrate winning the Scudetto tomorrow, and leave Pescara eight points from safety with four games of the season remaining.

Napoli had a goal disallowed in the 16th minute when former Pescara striker Lorenzo Insigne was adjudged to have been in an offside position after the referee had consulted with his linesman, and realised that his team mate Dzemaili had played the ball through.

Two minutes later, Marek Hamsik tested Pelizzoli, who tipped the ball over the crossbar for his first of many interventions in the first half

He made a great save to deny Insigne's header before Miguel Britos headed wide from the resulting corner.

Ten minutes before half time, Pelizzoli was at full stretch again to push Dzemaili's free-kick wide of the post.

There was nothing the Pescara custodian could do to keep out Inler's shot after 40 seconds of the second half with the ball taking a wicked deflection off Marco Capuano to wrong-foot him.

He did deny Pandev with yet another top-drawer save in the 54th minute, though, before being beaten by the Macedonian four minutes later after he turned on the edge of the six-yard box after picking up Christian Maggio's cross, and shooting into the far corner.

Pelizzoli had to raise the white flag himself due to injury with Mattia Perin coming on.

The new goalkeeper only had to pick the ball out of the back of his net once, although he had no chance of keeping Dzemaili's 25-yard effort out as Napoli sealed their win in style.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 90
2 Roma 34 82
3 Napoli 34 68
4 Fiorentina 34 58
5 Inter Milan 34 56
6 Parma 34 51
7 AC Milan 34 51
8 Torino 34 49
9 Verona 34 49
10 Lazio 34 49
11 Atalanta 34 46
12 Sampdoria 34 41
13 Udinese 34 39
14 Genoa 34 39
15 Cagliari 34 36
16 Chievo 34 30
17 Sassuolo 34 28
18 Bologna 34 28
19 Livorno 34 25
20 Catania 34 23