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Italian Serie A

Stadio Armando Picchi (ATT 10,000) 2nd March 2014 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: P Mazzoleni

Livorno Livorno vs Napoli Napoli

Livorno 1

P Reina (og 39)


Napoli 1

D Mertens (pen 31)

Reina own goal costs Napoli

Last Updated: 02/03/14 10:39pm

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Dries Mertens celebrates his goal

Dries Mertens celebrates his goal

Jose Reina's bizarre own goal cost Napoli an important Serie A win at Livorno on Sunday as they drew 1-1.

Napoli were seeking a victory that would have seen them close to within four points of second-placed Roma but Reina was at fault as he fumbled the ball into his own net from Ibrahima Mbaye's tame effort.

The goalkeeper's horror moment arrived just seven minutes after Dries Mertens had fired the visitors into the lead from the penalty spot, as Rafael Benitez's men were held to a frustrating draw at Stadio Armando Picchi.

Napoli came into the contest on a high after their midweek Europa League win over Swansea and nearly went ahead in the 11th minute when Mbaye slammed the ball against his own bar attempting to dispossess Marek Hamsik.

The visitors from Naples were without top-scorer Gonzalo Higuain due to suspension but still were asking plenty of questions of the Livorno defence, with Mertens soon drawing a good save from Francesco Bardi.

Jose Callejon flashed one wide as Napoli continued to press and with 32 minutes gone the visitors had their reward when Federico Ceccherini pushed Goran Pandev in the area and a penalty was awarded, from which Mertens tucked in the opener.

The hosts were soon on level terms, although they needed a big gift from Reina.

Mbaye was the beneficiary of the Spaniard's error, his flick from Djamel Mesbah's cross lacking any real power but somehow slipping from Reina's grasp and into the net.

Reina partially atoned for that moment by saving from Paulinho in the second half as Livorno pushed for a winner, but Napoli continued to offer menace up front with Hamsik seeing a header well saved by Bardi, who also went on to deny Callejon inside the final 10 minutes.

Napoli very nearly spared Reina's blushes in the final minute when Lorenzo Insigne's fine run ended with a low centre across the face of goal but fellow substitute Duvan Zapata somehow failed to get a telling touch.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10