Napoli 1-0 Catania (Serie A)

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P Cannavaro 51 (N)
Stadio San Paolo

Paolo Cannavaro gave Napoli a victory that keeps them in the hunt for European places.

The Partenopei fought back for a sensational 3-1 victory over Juventus on Thursday night that put them in level sixth position, ending an eight-match winless streak. However, Catania were also boosted by the fact they were unbeaten in five, during which they had beaten the likes of Inter and Fiorentina.

Andrea Dossena’s injury lay-off drags on, while the Elefantini left behind Cristian Llama, Potenza, Alvarez, Carboni, Plasmati and Capuano.

It was Catania who had the first chance after 60 seconds! A Giuseppe Mascara corner found Nicolas Spolli unmarked for a volley that smacked against the underside of the crossbar to bounce back out.

Fabio Quagliarella spun just wide and Grava acrobatically cleared from Mascara, while there were penalty appeals for a tussle between Michele Pazienza and Adrian Ricchiuti.

Mariano Andujar got down to parry an Ezequiel Lavezzi strike at the near post from Marek Hamsik’s quickly-taken free kick.

Catania went very close with Martinez left far too much space for a free header on Mascara’s cross, but he nodded over the bar.

Quagliarella failed to make the most of Spolli’s error, as his first touch let him down when clear on goal.

Napoli finally broke the deadlock with captain Paolo Cannavaro. Lavezzi sprung the offside trap and got to the byline, nutmegging a defender for Quagliarella to touch it on for Cannavaro’s tap-in behind him.

Hamsik’s rising angled drive flashed inches over the far top corner, but soon after Cannavaro was denied his brace by an incredible save! Cannavaro’s deflected header from a Walter Gargano cross was going the opposite direction to Andujar, but the goalkeeper stuck out his trailing hand to bat it off the line.

A very strange opportunity fell to Napoli when Hamsik’s shot took a deflection to ricochet on to the goalkeeper’s chest, though Andujar didn’t seem to know much about it.

Catania went so close when Mascara’s slide-rule pass found Maxi Lopez at full stretch, unable to get enough power to beat Morgan De Sanctis from point-blank range.

The Sicilians had strong penalty appeals in the final minutes, as Maggio fell with his arm on top of the ball when trying to shrug off Gennaro Delvecchio, but the referee judged it to be involuntary. Catania Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was sent off for taking his protests too far.

Livorno 1-1 Bari (Serie A)

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Allegretti 24 (B), Tavano 85 (L)
Stadio Picchi

Livorno are still propping up the table, but at least fought back to earn a late point with Francesco Tavano’s snooker-shot.

The Amaranto were in crisis and Coach Serse Cosmi apologised for “betraying” the trust that the fans put in him. They had slipped to the bottom of the table thanks to one point from five rounds and had to do without Romano Perticone, Andrea Esposito and Leonardo Miglionico. Bari were also promoted in the summer, but sitting pretty in ninth place despite missing Paulo Barreto, Andrea Ranocchia, Antonio Langella, Daniele De Vezze, Vitali Kutuzov, Mariano Donda and Sergio Almiron.

Francesco Tavano had a fantastic opportunity after 18 minutes when he unleashed a right-foot rocket on the bounce from the edge of the area that forced Jean-Francois Gillet into a flying save.

Moments later Cristiano Lucarelli went one-on-one, but Leonardo Bonucci made up for his error by blocking him off with a crucial sliding tackle.

Bari broke the deadlock with a frankly bizarre goal. Riccardo Meggiorini had a hopeful long-range snapshot that took two deflections off Livorno defender Nelson Rivas and Riccardo Allegretti to send Rubinho the wrong way.

Antonio Filippini went off with an injury and Bari wasted the opportunity to make it 2-0 before half-time. Rubinho’s poor clearance fell straight to Jose ‘Nacho’ Castillo, who hesitated and allowed the defence to close him down.

After the restart Bari went very close again, as Rivas almost scored an own goal with his wayward defensive header thumping the crossbar.

Tavano felt he deserved a penalty on 54 minutes, but instead had the free kick given against him. Rubinho fumbled an Edgar Alvarez shot and almost let it bobble into his own net.

Cristiano Lucarelli failed to get the right contact as Fabio Galante knocked on a corner.

Play was halted for a couple of minutes when Livorno fans threw flares on to the pitch, but the situation soon calmed down.

Livorno equalised in the final minutes. Lucarelli knocked on a long ball and Tavano did very well to spin round, nutmegging a defender with a snooker shot into the far bottom corner.

Chievo 0-0 Parma (Serie A)

It was all square at the Bentegodi between two sides who both hit the frame of the goal.

These sides were both mid-table and could effectively consider themselves safe from the drop, even though Parma were in far better shape after a 1-0 win over Milan midweek. Only Blerim Dzemaili and Alberto Paloschi were on the treatment table. Chievo missed Michele Marcolini, Moro, Bianchi and the suspended Giampiero Pinzi.

Chievo had the first scoring opportunity when Sergio Pellissier ran on to a Rigoni through ball and set up De Paula, but the Brazilian blasted over.

At the 25th minute Valeri Bojinov released a sudden screamer from 20 metres that Stefano Sorrentino flew to palm out from under the bar.

Simone Bentivoglio’s volley was smothered, but on 38 minutes Antonelli’s header from a Castellini cross forced a save at full stretch out of Sorrentino.

Luciano’s snapshot from distance was parried into the path of De Paula, who slipped at the crucial moment.

Straight after the restart De Paula’s left-foot shot thumped the base of the near post with the goalkeeper well beaten.

Parma also rattled the woodwork when Sorrentino flew to fingertip a fierce Zaccardo right-foot free kick on to the crossbar. Bojinov went close with a left-foot strike from the edge of the box that skimmed the upright.

Bojinov and Pellissier again missed the target by a small margin, but nobody was able to find a goal.

Sampdoria 1-1 Cagliari (Serie A)

Guberti 48 (S), Nene’ 81 (C)
Stadio Ferraris

Sampdoria are caught in fifth place by Juventus and Napoli after Nene’ scored a late equaliser and was sent off.

The Blucerchiati were right back in the race for Europe, despite their midweek defeat away to Bari. Antonio Cassano had scored two in as many games, so the injured Nicola Pozzi, Rossi and Luca Castellazzi were not missed. Cagliari were in crisis after one point from five fixtures and had to do without Andrea Cossu, Jeda, Andrea Lazzari, Pisano, Parola, Agazzi and the suspended Daniele Dessena.

The visitors got off to a great start, as after five minutes Marco Storari was forced into a desperate save to deny Alessandro Matri from a corner kick.

Franco Semioli nodded a Stefano Guberti cross just wide, as did Michele Canini at the other end with Daniele Ragatzu unable to get the final touch.

Ragatzu was playing as both Cossu and Lazzari were out of action. The youth product had a good game and his curler was off target from the edge of the box.

Cassano drilled over, had a free kick deflected and aimed another wide of the target, as he tried to single-handedly inspire Sampdoria.

The Blucerchiati found a way through at the dawn of the second half, just moments after Stefano Guberti had been moved between the lines. Giampaolo Pazzini spun round in the box for a deflected shot that ricocheted into the path of the on-rushing Guberti from 10 yards.

Matri also threatened, though, as he was sent clear by Daniele Conti only to hesitate and Storari held his ground very well in a one-on-one situation.

On the hour mark a long corner found Daniele Gastaldello’s header at the back post, but Federico Marchetti managed a point-blank reaction save to beat it away.

Cagliari equalised with a fantastic header from Nene’, who was allowed far too much space to nod in Conti’s free kick that was chipped over the top of a distracted defence.

Nene’ was sent off in stoppages for a bizarre rugby tackle from behind on Andrea Poli.

Tiago reject’s recall from Juve

The Portuguese international joined the Spaniards on loan in January and is starting to show his form of old.

Speaking to Cadena Ser, the man signed from Lyon for £11m in the summer of 2007 says he wants to end his Italian nightmare.

“I don’t want to go back to Italy,” said the former Chelsea player. “However, I still have two years left on my contract with Juventus and I can’t decide on what will happen.

“Atletico Madrid is a special club,” he added. “The fans have great passion and us players feel it.”

Juventus are understood to be willing to sell Tiago if a club makes a big enough offer for his services.