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Monday, 13 February 2012

Roma shocked by Siena, Napoli beat Chievo

Milan: Napoli got back to winning ways in Serie A with a comfortable 2-0 win against Chievo Verona while struggling Siena stunned Roma with a 1-0 victory.

Miguel Britos headed Napoli in front in the 15th minute and topscorer Edinson Cavani doubled their lead with a penalty eight minutes from half-time to give the team only their second league win in 2012.

With the first leg of a Champions League knock-out tie against Chelsea coming up next Tuesday, it was a timely boost for Napoli after only one victory in all competitions in their past seven matches.

Siena moved away from the relegation zone after Emanuele Calaio's second-half penalty against Roma. They are now five points clear of 18th-placed Lecce, with a game in hand.

Napoli started brightly and Ezequiel Lavezzi had two half chances in the opening five minutes, but the Argentine miskicked the first woefully wide and his second attempt flew over the bar.

The home side took the lead in the 15th minute when Britos headed in a corner at the near post.

Chievo's first real chance came on the half-hour mark when Gennaro Sardo picked out Sergio Pellisier, who unleashed a low shot which didn't really trouble Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis.

Napoli doubled their advantage seconds after Cavani muscled his way into the area and miskicked a shot. Although he won the ball back, it looked like he had missed his opportunity but Siena goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino brought down the Uruguayan and the referee pointed to the spot.

Cavani stepped up and drilled his effort into the bottom left corner, sending Sorrentino the wrong way, for his 13th goal of the season.

Chievo almost got back into the game immediately but Sardo fired straight at De Sanctis.
It was almost worse for Chievo shortly after the break but Sorrentino pulled off a fine save to keep out Walter Gargano's powerful long-range attempt.

In Siena, Roma dominated much of the game but once again couldn't turn their possession into goals, and they looked a far cry from the side that had beaten Inter Milan 4-0 just over a week ago.

However, that is now the capital side's only victory in six games.

Siena had three decent chances to take the lead in a tight first-half as Mattia Destro twice blazed over and Calaio fired wide from a dangerous position.

They did break the deadlock seven minutes into the second half after Simon Kjaer, who had just come off the bench, tripped Destro in the area and Calaio converted the resulting penalty.

Roma tried in vain to get the equalizer but could not find a way past a solid Siena defence.


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