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Azzurri Stumble At Fiorentina

Napoli squandered their opportunity to move almost within touching distance of Serie A leaders Juventus as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

A win would have taken Napoli to within four points of the league leaders but they were unable to wrest the full quota of points from their hosts.

Viola struck first under fortuitous circumstances as Facundo Roncaglia's ball into the box evaded everyone and ended up in the back of the net in the 33rd minute.

In-demand striker Edinson Cavani levelled matters within 10 minutes with a goal that marked his 100th Serie A strike.

The opening exchanges belonged to Fiorentina as they disrupted their opposition’s play and prohibited them from finding space for their dangerous Uruguayan hit-man.

The hosts were rewarded for their industrious start as Roncaglia’s long range ball put them ahead as Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis and Miguel Britos prevented eachother from dealing with the danger.

The visitors responded to Roncaglia’s strike, from inside his own half, by turning up the pressure which paid dividends just before the half time whistle.

Cavani showed how lethal he can be when given any sniff of goal as he peeled away from his marker to turn in a header at the near post.

The home side almost had an immediate response but De Sanctis did well to deny Luca Toni from close range.

The second half was not utterly devoid of chances but although Napoli dominated they produced nothing clear cut until the final 10 minutes.

It was in the 83rd minute that Goran Pandev's header from five yards out was saved instinctively by Neto to ensure the scores remained the same.

Stevan Jovetic the delivered a ball across the face of goal for the hosts but the stoppage time chance was not converted.


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