Stadio San Paolo, Napoli, Italy
34′ Gabbiadini (P)
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FT: The result means that Napoli remain in second, now on 73 points, cutting Juventus’ lead to six points. The result means that Bologna remain in 14th on 37 points, and can be leapfrogged by either of Sampdoria and Udinese should they win tomorrow.
FT: Despite such a dominant performance the visitors know that the victory comes possibly too late for their title-bid, with Juventus having an opportunity to regain their nine point lead with a victory over Lazio tomorrow night.
FT: The only positive the visitors can take is that the scoreline wasn’t into double-figures, thanks to their goalkeeper Mirante who saved them on countless occasions.
FT: So the hosts made light work of that, netting four in the second-half with Mertens netting a fine hat-trick and substitute López netting a late sixth.
90’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90′ There will be one additional minute.
89′ Goal!! López plays a nice one-two with Mertens, who gives the ball back to the Spaniard whose effort ricochets off of him after Mirante smothered his shot.
88′ Goal!! Mertens shifts the ball onto his right foot, before firing an unstoppable effort past Mirante into the roof of the net from outside the box. Another hat-trick!!
85′ Chance!! Ghoulam finds Jorginho who fires harmlessly wide.
80′ Final Napoli change sees Hamšík depart for David López. Final Bologna change sees Diawara depart for Godfred Monsah.
80′ Goal!! A nice exchange from substitute El Kaddouri and Mertens eventually ends with the Belgian being played through after a slip from Rossettini, and the Belgian slots home beating Mirante at his near-post.
78′ Chance!! Zuñiga cuts-inside before firing harmlessly wide.
77′ Close!! Allan’s cross is half-cleared into the path of Insigne whose acrobatic effort is easy for Mirante.
76′ Second Napoli change sees Callejón depart for Omar El Kaddouri.
73′ Albiol receives a yellow card for a robust aerial challenge on Mounier.
72′ First Napoli change sees goalscorer Gabbiadini depart for Lorenzo Insigne. He’ll be rather disappointed that he hasn’t got his hat-trick tonight, but not a bad susbtitute to bring on.
68′ Chance!! Mertens fires an effort wide from a tight-angle.
62′ The corner comes to nothing before Callejón overhits what should be a straightforward pass into Gabbiadini. The Italian would possibly have had his hat-trick.
61′ Hysaj wins a corner.
58′ Double change for the visitors sees Giaccherini depart for Anthony Mounier and Acquafresca departing for Sergio Floccari.
58′ Goal!! Mertens does brilliantly turning his man inside-out before firing an effort that deflects off Oikonomou to beat Mirante.
55′ Hysaj is caught offside.
55′ Jorginho’s delivery is punched cleared by Mirante.
54′ A Ghoulam cross is blocked behind for a corner.
53′ Chance!! Giaccherini does well to find Brighi who side-foots the ball harmlessly wide.
51′ Diawara receives a yellow card for late challenge on Jorginho.
51′ Mertens is cynically blocked off by Oikonomou, who is also fortunate not to receive a yellow card.
50′ Callejón wins a freekick.
49′ The corner comes to nothing.
48′ Callejón concedes a corner.
46′ Hamšík is penalised for a late foul on Brighi, he’s fortunate not to receive a yellow card.
45′ The hosts get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Napoli extend their lead or will Bologna pull a goal or two back? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Referee Andrea Gervasoni had to make one big decision in the first 45 minutes, awarding a penalty for Constant’s challenge on Callejón, but the former Milan defender can’t have any complaints.
HT: The visitors have been relatively poor in truth and haven’t forced Reina into making a save. The hosts are rather unfortunate to not be further ahead much to the credit of Mirante who has made some fine saves to deny Hamšík and Albiol.
HT: The hosts have thoroughly dominated the possession and have rarely been threatened in the first-period.
HT: So Napoli comfortably ahead at the break with Gabbiadini getting both goals.
45’+1′ The referee blows to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45′ There will be one additional minute.
43′ Allan is penalised for a foul.
40′ Close!! Mertens comes inside and fires on the turn but Mirante has it covered.
37′ Chance!! Callejón cuts the ball back to Gabbiadini who turns before curling an effort over the bar.
37′ Hysaj is caught late by Constant and wins a freekick.
36′ Mbaye receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Mertens.
36′ Callejón is down after a clash of heads with Giaccherini.
34′ Goal!! Gabbiadini sends Mirante the wrong way to double the hosts’ lead.
33′ Penalty!! Callejón feints to shoot and cuts-inside, but Constant is fooled and brings him down and the referee points to the spot.
29′ Delay over.
27′ Luca Rossettini almost undercooks his backpass towards Mirante and Gabbiadini almost sneaks in ahead of the keeper, but the keeper gets there. However there is a slight delay due to an injury to Mirante, who injured himself in the process.
26′ Allan wins a freekick.
23′ Delay over.
23′ Slight delay in the game as Ghoulam is down following an aerial challenge with Zúñiga.
22′ The corner is eventually snuffed out and the visitors are forced back.
21′ Mbaye wins a corner.
20′ Close!! Callejón wins back possession before Gabbiadini eventually receives the ball to fire an effort that is easy for Mirante.
17′ Chance!! The corner is half-cleared to Albiol who volleys just over the bar.
17′ Chance!! The corner is scrambled after Gabbiadini’s effort is blocked.
16′ Close!! Albiol meets the delivery but his header just tipped over by Mirante.
16′ Close!! Hamšík does well to keep hold of the ball before firing an effort that Mirante tips behind.
14′ Koulibaly is penalised for a foul.
13′ Mertens wins a freekick.
12′ Diawara cynically fouls Mertens after a brilliant turn from the Belgian.
10′ Goal!! Mertens finds Gabbiadini who times his run to perfection to fire home first-time past Mirante.
7′ Ghoulam is caught offside again.
6′ Ghoulam is caught offside.
5′ Allan wins a freekick after a foul from Diawara.
4′ The corner is cleared by the visitors again.
3′ Close!! Hamšík surges forward before firing an effort that Mirante tips behind for a corner.
2′ Brighi concedes a foul.
2′ Mertens is penalised for a foul.
1′ Taïder clears the corner.
0′ Oikonomou concedes a corner.
0′ The visitors get the game underway.
S.S.C. Napoli: Pepe Reina (GK), Faouzi Ghoulam, Kalidou Koulibaly, Raúl Albiol, Elseid Hysaj, Jorginho, Marek Hamšík, Allan, José Callejón, Manolo Gabbiadini, Dries Mertens
Bologna F.C. 1909: Antonio Mirante (GK), Kévin Constant, Marios Oikonomou, Luca Rossettini, Ibrahima Mbaye, Amadou Diawara, Matteo Brighi, Saphir Taïder, Emanuele Giaccherini, Robert Acquafresca, Juan Camilo Zúñiga