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Italian Serie A

Luigi Ferraris 28th September 2013 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: Antonio Damato

Genoa Genoa vs Napoli Napoli

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Napoli 2

G Pandev (14, 25)

Pandev stars for Napoli

Last Updated: 28/09/13 8:30pm

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Goran Pandev of Napoli celebrates

Goran Pandev of Napoli celebrates

Goran Pandev struck twice as Napoli went back to the top of the Serie A table on Saturday night with a 2-0 win at Genoa.

Pandev's first goals of the season came inside the opening 25 minutes to ensure Rafael Benitez's side were immediately on track to bounce back from their shock 1-1 midweek draw with newly-promoted Sassuolo.

Genoa improved after half-time, veteran Alberto Gilardino skimming the post, but Napoli's win moved them a point clear of Roma, who could reclaim top position on Sunday when they travel to Cagliari.

Pandev blasted an early effort wide in an indication of what was to come.

Jose Reina still needed to be alert before then, clutching a straight-forward Luca Antonini header to his chest before displaying greater athleticism to keep out a Sime Vrsaljko cross-shot.

Pandev then grabbed the opening goal on 14 minutes after intercepting Jurai Kucka's ill-advised back pass before beating Mattia Perin from the edge of the area.

The Macedonia international then made it 2-0 on 25 minutes although this time it was the creativity of his team-mate, Lorenzo Insigne, who set him up.

Insigne's clever assist gave Pandev room to shoot from 20 yards out and give Napoli all the breathing space they would require.

Genoa showed glimpses of at least pulling back one goal in their improved second-half showing, although Jose Callejon spurned two early chances after the break to make it 3-0.

Gilardino then skimmed the far post with a header on the hour and Emanuele Calaio shot high and wide.

Reina then plucked a Ioannis Fetfatzidis strike out of the top corner and blocked Gilardino at close quarters in injury time to ensure Genoa found no late reason for optimism.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 28 67
2 Roma 28 53
3 Lazio 28 52
4 Sampdoria 28 48
5 Napoli 28 47
6 Fiorentina 28 46
7 Torino 28 39
8 AC Milan 28 38
9 Genoa 27 37
10 Inter Milan 28 37
11 Palermo 28 35
12 Udinese 27 33
13 Empoli 28 33
14 Sassuolo 28 32
15 Chievo 28 32
16 Verona 28 32
17 Atalanta 28 26
18 Cagliari 28 21
19 Cesena 28 21
20 Parma 26 9