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Football | Italy

Edinson Cavani with Gokhan Inler and Valon Behrami © Reuters Images

Napoli win to keep Juve in check



Edinson Cavani and Gokhan Inler scored braces as Napoli thrashed 10-man Pescara 5-1 in the Serie A on Sunday.

The win against the tail-enders kept Napoli in second position, two points behind leaders Juventus, who have 35 points after beating 10-man Torino 3-0 late Saturday.

Napoli came close early in the game from former Pescara striker Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik before Inler opened the scoring in the ninth minute.

Hamsik scored a second goal against a napping defence on 18 minutes, but Pescara promptly pulled one back from Birkir Bjarnason and created several chances by halftime.

Antonio Bocchetti's dismissal for flooring Cavani in the 57th ended Pescara's hopes. The Uruguayan Cavani converted the ensuing penalty and flicked home a Hamsik feed before Inler wrapped up matters.

"A striker always wants to score, but it also takes respect for those we play against," said Cavani, who had more chances in the game and moved onto 10 goals in the league.

"We must continue with the attitude of the second half. We ended badly in first half and the coach (Walter Mazzarri) really got upset.

"I do not know if we are Juve's main opponents. We just look at ourselves and try to keep improving."

Inter Milan failed to convince, but moved onto 31 points, two adrift of Napoli, by winning 1-0 against Palermo thanks to a second-half own goal from Santiago Garcia.

The Nerazzurri are now two point clear of Fiorentina, who drew 2-2 at home to Sampdoria to end a run of four home wins.

Strikers Stevan Jovetic and Luca Toni were sidelined for the Florence hosts, who opened and closed the scoring with a brace from Stefan Savic.

Samp had Shkodran Mustafi dismissed in the final minutes and continued their recovery from a bad run moving in 12th position.

Level on points with Fiorentina, but with a worse goal difference are Lazio, who had Giuseppe Biava and veteran striker Miroslav Klose on target to beat Parma 2-1 for now 29 points.

City rivals Roma have 26 after rallying to a 3-1 win at Siena with a Mattia Destro brace.

Chievo's Alberto Paloschi scored a hat-trick against his former club in a 4-2 win at Genoa despite the dismissal of Marco Andreolli with 20 minutes left. Udinese hammered Cagliari 4-1 and Bologna won 2-1 against Atalanta.

On Friday, league top striker Stephan El Shaarawy scored a brace for a 12-goal tally as AC Milan rallied to win 3-1 at 10-man Catania.

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