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Roma impresses the eighth mark: 2-0 against Napoli in front of Maradona
Giallorossi won thanks to a free kick and a penalty scored by Miralem Pjanic. During the match there were three injuries: it's quite a record
by Federico Formica
In front of Diego Armando Maradona Roma overcame the hardest test of the season so far beating 2-0 Napoli. And they made it suffering in some parts of the game, with cruelty and even a bit of bad luck (two injuries). Numbers start to be really impressive: the giallorossi now have 24 points out of 24 with 22 goals scored and only one conceded. But, on the other hand, we can't say Napoli was so lucky: they hit the post for three times.

Rafa Benitez had to get along without Gonzalo Higuain, while Rudi Garcia preferred the young talent Dodò to the Greek Vasilis Torosidis. The first part of the match was very balanced, with the two teams solid and trying to exploit an error of the opponent. But the two major chances were for Napoli, which wasted them with Goran Pandev (thanks to an amazing save by Morgan De Sanctis) and Lorenzo Insigne, who hit the post. When Francesco Totti was forced to quit the game for a muscular problem (after 33 minutes), Roma's fans had the sensation that they were living the first adverse night of the season.


But a perfect free-kick by Miralem Pjanić just a few seconds before the end of the first half made everything easier for the giallorossi. One minute before, Napoli's defender Miguel Britos left the pitch for a problem to the shoulder. In his stead Benitez chose Paolo Cannavaro: it will be a terrible match for the former captain of the team.

In the second half Napoli tried to invert the course forcing Roma to defend. Partenopei hit the post other two times with Inler and Hamšík. In the meanwhile, Gervinho as well had a muscular problem, although less serious than Totti's. The Ivorian was replaced by Adem Liajić. But in the best moment of Napoli, Paolo Cannavaro collapsed on top of Marco Borriello and the referee conceded the penalty, which was netted by Miralem Pjanić: double for the Bosnian.


The last 20 minutes were pure academy, with Napoli almost knock out and Roma in its best situation: Rudi Garcia's men could make some ball-possession (although Napoli kept the ball for 56% of the game) hiding it to the partenopei. Benitez's team came out of this match a little downsized and, above all, losing the contact with the leadership, which is now five points distant.


Now all the eyes will be on Fiorentina-Juventus. Bianconeri have the chance to shake Napoli off the second place. But if Juventus won't win, it will be Roma's breakaway.

 

Thanks to our reviewer Noemi Stacconi

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