Napoli draws 0-0 to Sampdoria as Fiorentina humiliates Inter Milan
By Daniella Matar ,APMILAN -- Napoli missed the chance to cut Juventus' lead to two points as it was held to a 0-0 draw at home by Sampdoria in Serie A on Sunday.
February 19, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Inter Milan had an even worse night and its poor run continued as it was humiliated 4-1 at Fiorentina, with Adem Ljajic and Stevan Jovetic both scoring twice for the Viola.
“It is a missed opportunity, but the championship isn't over,” Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro said. “The whistles at the end were only because the fans are disappointed, that's for sure. We're also disappointed, especially that we couldn't play on a pitch that is worthy of Napoli. We did a miracle to get to today with all these points, playing on this pitch all year.
“Sampdoria came here to get a point. They succeeded with eight men behind the ball. But that is fair enough for their situation.”
Napoli confirmed after the match that the pitch — which was cutting up badly — will be completely re-laid during the week.
The result capped a miserable week for Walter Mazzarri's team following its 3-0 loss at home to Viktoria Plzen in the Europa League on Thursday.
Napoli remains second, four points behind Juventus.
Sampdoria had lost on its past four visits to Napoli, without scoring a goal, and has not won at the San Paolo since the 1997-98 season.
However, it was Samp which had the better of the chances in the first half. Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis was at full stretch to palm Gianluca Sansone's effort around his left post.
From the resulting corner, Samp went even closer and Valon Behrami had to head Andrea Costa's effort off the line. De Sanctis, who had mistimed his intervention, redeemed himself by saving the follow up.
Sansone went close again just before halftime with an angled drive which De Sanctis managed to parry.
Behrami again saved Napoli just after the break with a well-timed tackle, just as Mauro Icardi was about to shoot.
Mazzarri changed things around with a double substitution on the hour mark, bringing on Goran Pandev and Juan Camilo Zuniga, and Napoli began to lay seige to the Samp goal.