S.S.C. Napoli vs ACF Fiorentina


Serie A

May 20th

Stadio San Paolo, Napoli, Italy


8′ Koulibaly

35′ Insigne

57′ Mertens

60′ Iličić

64′ Mertens

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result means that Napoli remain in third but now move onto 83 points, a point behind second-placed Roma and two behind leaders Juventus. Fiorentina remain in seventh on 59 points.

FT: Fiorentina were better in the second-half and created a number of good chances. First Iličić swept home after substitute Tello’s pull-back before Bernardeschi fired an effort just wide from-range. Fiorentina then forced Reina into action, first Tello cut-inside to fire an effort that Reina palmed away before the keeper palmed away a deflected strike from Iličić. Vecino then headed wide from close-range after a fine cross from Bernardeschi. Substitute Babacar then had a good chance when he was played through on-goal by Bernardeschi, but the striker’s effort was smothered behind by Reina.

FT: Napoli created a number of good chances and could have scored five or six had they been more clinical. First Mertens capitalised on some poor defending from Fiorentina to score, following a Napoli corner. Mertens then fired home, following-up after Hamšík’s effort was parried by Tătărușanu.

FT: So Napoli added to their first-half tally to defeat Fiorentina and move within a point of Roma.

90′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90′ Play resumes.

88′ Iličić is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.

87′ Insigne is caught offside.

86′ The corner comes to nothing.

85′ Rodríguez concedes a corner.

84′ The corner comes to nothing.

83′ Chance!! Bernardeschi sends Babacar through on-goal, he has just Reina to beat but the keeper smothers the effort behind.

83′ Saponara fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.

80′ Final Fiorentina change sees Kalinić replaced by Riccardo Saponara.

79′ Bernardeschi’s delivery is met by Vecino, who heads harmlessly off-target.

79′ Bernardeschi wins a corner.

78′ Final Napoli change sees Leonardo Pavoletti replace Mertens.

75′ Iličić fires an effort harmlessly wide with his weaker-foot from-range.

74′ Iličić wins a freekick.

71′ Babacar fires an effort over the bar from-range.

69′ Chance!! Vecino heads wide from a Bernardeschi cross.

69′ Close!! Iličić cuts-inside to fire a deflected strike that Reina palms away.

69′ Close!! Tello cuts-inside to fire an effort at-goal that Reina palms away.

68′ Second Napoli change sees Jorginho replaced by Amadou Diawara.

64′ First Napoli change sees Marko Rog replace Hamšík.

64′ Goal!! Mertens finds Hamšík, whose effort is palmed away by Tătărușanu into the path of Mertens, who taps home.

61′ Close!! Bernardeschi fires an effort just wide from-range.

60′ Hamšík fires a tame effort at-goal that Tătărușanu saves comfortably.

60′ Goal!! Tello surges forward before pulling the ball back to Iličić, who sweeps home.

58′ Ghoulam curls the freekick just over the bar from-range.

57′ Vecino is booked for a cynical foul on Mertens.

57′ Goal!! The corner causes havoc for Tătărușanu, who miscues his punch and Mertens fires the loose ball home.

55′ A Hamšík strike deflects behind for a corner.

54′ The corner eventually comes to nothing.

54′ Bernardeschi wins a corner.

53′ Double substitution for Fiorentina sees Cristian Tello and Khouma Babacar replace Cristóforo and Olivera.

53′ Insigne surges forward before firing an effort wide from-range.

50′ Kalinić fires an effort over the bar from-range.

50′ Hysaj wins a freekick after a foul from Vecino.

49′ The corner eventually comes to nothing.

49′ Bernardeschi wins a corner.

48′ Koulibaly is booked for a late challenge on Kalinić.

46′ Iličić wins a freekick.

45′ Fiorentina get the second-half underway.

HT: So will Napoli add to their tally or will Fiorentina produce a surprise comeback in this match? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: The visitors have got into some promising positions but their final pass has let them down on a few occasions. The closest the visitors came was when Iličić’s deflected strike was brilliantly tipped behind by Reina. The visitors will need to be more clinical in front of goal given the quality of their opposition, who will be eager to make them rue their missed opportunities. Kalinić has been relatively quiet and will need to receive better service from the wide-men in Bernardeschi and Cristóforo. Fiorentina will need to find the next goal or it could be curtains.

HT: The hosts have been thoroughly dominant and have created a number of good chances. First Koulibaly put the Neapolitans ahead when he tapped home following a corner. Mertens then spurned a great chance when he rounded Tătărușanu but he fired wide from a tight-angle despite an unguarded net. The Belgian then struck the post from-range with a fine strike that had Tătărușanu well-beaten before Insigne doubled Napoli’s lead. Another goal will surely seal the victory and put the tie to bed, although they know they cannot afford to concede the next goal, which may produce a glimmer of hope for Fiorentina.

HT: So Napoli lead comfortably at the break.

45′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

42′ Albiol is booked for a cynical foul on Olivera.

39′ The corner is cleared.

39′ Cristóforo fires an effort that deflects behind for a corner.

37′ Iličić wins a freekick.

35′ Goal!! Mertens sends Insigne through on-goal and the winger fires home into the bottom-corner.

32′ Olivera is penalised for handball.

32′ Insigne turns his man before curling an effort wide from-range.

29′ The corner eventually comes to nothing.

29′ Close!! Iličić cuts-inside to curl a deflected effort at-goal that Reina brilliantly tips behind.

28′ Kalinić wins a freekick.

27′ Hysaj fires an effort across the face of goal.

25′ So close!! Mertens curls an effort from-range that strikes the post with Tătărușanu well-beaten.

21′ Olivera is penalised for a foul on Callejón.

17′ Chance!! Mertens is played through on-goal by Jorginho, the Belgian surges forward and rounds Tătărușanu but he fires the ball wide from a tight-angle.

16′ Jorginho is penalised for a foul.

14′ Bernardeschi wins a freekick.

10′ The corner is cleared.

9′ Insigne wins a corner.

8′ Goal!! The delivery is met by Hamšík, whose header is palmed away by Tătărușanu into the path of Koulibaly, who taps home the loose ball.

6′ Ghoulam wins a corner.

5′ Jorginho is penalised for a foul on Iličić.

4′ The delivery is pulled back to Mertens, but he miscues his effort.

4′ De Maio concedes a corner.

3′ Insigne wins a freekick.

0′ Napoli get the game underway.

Team news:

S.S.C. Napoli: Pepe Reina (GK), Faouzi Ghoulam, Kalidou Koulibaly, Raúl Albiol, Elseid Hysaj, Marek Hamšík, Jorginho, Piotr Zieliński, Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens, José Callejón

ACF Fiorentina: Ciprian Tătărușanu (GK), Maximiliano Olivera, Sebastian De Maio, Gonzalo Rodríguez, Nenad Tomović, Milan Badelj, Matías Vecino, Sebastián Cristóforo, Josip Iličić, Federico Bernardeschi, Nikola Kalinić


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