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Artemio Franchi (ATT 27,000) 30th October 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Calvarese

Fiorentina Fiorentina vs Napoli Napoli

Fiorentina 1

G Rossi (pen 28)
J Cuadrado (S/O 90+1)

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Napoli 2

J Callejon (12)
D Mertens (36)
C Maggio (S/O 80)

Napoli close in on Roma

Last Updated: 31/10/13 9:19am

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Napoli celebrate against Fiorentina

Napoli celebrate against Fiorentina

Napoli edged to within two points of Serie A leaders Roma thanks to a 2-1 win at Fiorentina on Wednesday night.

Jose Callejon put the visitors in front in the 12th minute, but Giuseppe Rossi levelled from the penalty spot.

Dries Mertens completed the scoring 10 minutes before half-time before both sides lost men to red cards, Christian Maggio for the visitors and Juan Cuadrado for the hosts, as Fiorentina lost at home for the first time this season.

Fiorentina started well with Cuadrado and Manuel Pasqual both sending in early sighters before Napoli's first dangerous attack of the game resulted in the opening goal.

Gonzalo Higuian lifted the ball into the area with the outside of his right boot, picking out the unmarked Callejon to the right of goal, and he volleyed the ball sweetly into the opposite corner.

Fiorentina continued to attack as they had done before the goal and their efforts resulted in a penalty when two Viola players went to ground inside the penalty area and the referee saw something untoward, pointing to the spot.

Rossi stepped up and, with a delay in his run, picked the opposite corner after Pepe Reina had already committed himself to dive to his left.

Napoli were quick to regain the lead, showing great efficiency with Mergens exchanging passes with Higuain before sending in a low left-foot shot into the bottom right-hand corner.

Borja Valero nearly replied immediately when he got a lucky rebound on his way through the Napoli defence, but Reina closed him down and made the save.

The Spanish goalkeeper became increasingly important as the game wore on, denying Valero again and then Rossi in the second half as the hosts searched for an equaliser.

Rossi also dragged a shot across goal as Vincenzo Montella's side dominated the proceedings.

A red card for Maggio, for a second bookable offence, gave Fiorentina a one-man advantage for the final 10 minutes of the game.

They lost that going into stoppage game when Cuadrado received his second yellow card, both for dives, and Fiorentina lost the game amid fierce protests that a penalty had not been given.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 31 73
2 Lazio 31 58
3 Roma 31 58
4 Napoli 31 53
5 Sampdoria 31 50
6 Fiorentina 31 49
7 Genoa 31 44
8 Torino 31 44
9 AC Milan 31 43
10 Inter Milan 31 42
11 Palermo 31 41
12 Sassuolo 31 36
13 Chievo 31 36
14 Verona 31 36
15 Udinese 31 35
16 Empoli 31 34
17 Atalanta 31 30
18 Cesena 31 23
19 Cagliari 31 21
20 Parma 31 13

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