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San Paolo (ATT 35,251) 14th September 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Piero Giacomelli

Napoli Napoli vs Chievo Chievo

Napoli 0

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Chievo 1

M Lopez (49)

Serie A: Match report from Napoli v Chievo

Last Updated: 14/09/14 6:28pm

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Chievo goalkeeper Francesco Bardi saves Gonzalo Higuain's penalty

Chievo goalkeeper Francesco Bardi saves Gonzalo Higuain's penalty

Maxi Lopez scored the only goal of the game as Chievo upset Napoli 1-0 at the Stadio San Paolo to pick up their first points of the new season.

Maxi Lopez scored the only goal of the game as Chievo upset Napoli 1-0 at the Stadio San Paolo to pick up their first points of the new season.

Chievo were two minutes away from winning last season's corresponding fixture 1-0 only to concede a late equaliser to Raul Albiol, but they would not be denied this time as Eugenio Corini's men held on to Lopez's 49th-minute strike.

That came after Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain had missed a first-half penalty for the hosts, whose stuttering start to the season continued.

Rafael Benitez's men were knocked out of the Champions League play-offs by Athletic Bilbao and, although they did manage to win their opening Serie A match against Genoa, it needed a 90th-minute strike from Jonathan de Guzman for them to do so.

Despite those struggles and last season's scare against Chievo, the Partenopei would have been expected to pick up a three-point haul on Sunday and that might well have been the case had Higuain made the most of his chance in the 26th minute.

Higuain was brought down in the box by Bostjan Cesar but he could not take advantage from the resulting spot-kick, the Argentina striker seeing his penalty well saved by Francesco Bardi diving to his right.

That came after the impressive Bardi had already kept out efforts from Higuain and Marek Hamsik, while Lorenzo Insigne and Juan Camilo Zuniga also tested the visiting keeper either side of the break as Napoli sought the opener.

However, they could not find a way through and would end up paying for their profligacy.

Napoli were given a warning of potential trouble to come when Lopez struck the crossbar in the 31st minute, but the hosts would not be so fortunate at the start of the second half when the much-travelled former Barcelona and AC Milan forward netted the decider.

Mariano Izco's threaded pass picked out Lopez's run to the edge of the area perfectly and the 30-year-old Argentinian took a touch before firing a left-footed shot into the far bottom corner.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Lazio 20 34
4 Sampdoria 20 34
5 Napoli 19 33
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 19 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Inter Milan 20 26
10 AC Milan 20 26
11 Sassuolo 20 25
12 Torino 20 25
13 Verona 20 24
14 Udinese 19 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 19 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10

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