Napoli held to draw at Cagliari

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Updated: December 21, 2013

Cagliari, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) – Napoli failed to join Roma in second
place in the Serie A table on Saturday as the club was held to a 1-1 draw at
Cagliari.

Napoli entered the contest three points back of the capital club, but fell
behind after nine minutes to a goal from Nene.

Gonzalo Higuain scored from the penalty spot 10 minutes later as the visitors
leveled the contest, while Napoli had a goal disallowed in the second half
that would have handed them three points.

A slip by Napoli defender Christian Maggio helped set up the opening goal as
Calgiari’s Davide Astori took advantage by collecting the ball on right wing
and sliding a pass into the area for Nene, who rolled his shot under
goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

Nene was forced to leave the game with an injury shortly after his goal, and
Astori helped to give back the goal he created by fouling Napoli’s Goran
Pandev inside the penalty area.

Higuain had no trouble converting the subsequent spot kick, and although
Napoli dominated much of the second half, they failed to find another.

Jose Callejon had the ball in the net in the 73rd minute with a shot from 20
yards, but the linesman’s flag went up as he ruled that Higuain was in an
offsides position and obstructed the view of the goalkeeper.

Substitute Dries Mertens also had a late chance, yet his curling effort sailed
narrowly wide of the post.

Saturday’s other fixture saw Udinese secure a 2-1 win at Livorno when Thomas
Heurtaux scored the winning goal in the 65th minute.