Napoli stumbles at home against Parma

Updated: November 23, 2013

Naples, Italy ( – Napoli suffered its second consecutive
defeat in league play on Saturday after dropping a 1-0 result to Parma at the
Stadio San Paolo.

Coming off a humbling 3-0 loss on Nov 10. to defending Serie A champions
Juventus, Napoli was determined to bounce back in front of its home fans but
struggled in the first half, managing just two shots on target in the opening
45 minutes.

The hosts picked up their play in the second half as they kept more than 60
percent of the ball, but were burned by Parma on the counter-attack nine
minutes from time when Afriyie Acquah sent a cutting through ball in behind
the Napoli back line where Antonio Cassano latched onto the pass and slotted
it into the bottom left corner.

Napoli sent numbers forward in search of a late equalizer but it never
materialized and Parma snuck away with the victory.

The result sees Parma improve to 16 points, while Napoli remains in third
place on 28 points, four behind Roma for the top spot in Serie A.

Also in Italy on Saturday, Kaka put AC Milan in front after just three minutes
at the San Siro, but Alberto Gilardino converted a penalty kick for Genoa four
minutes later.

Milan had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 36th minute when
Genoa’s Thomas Manfredini was shown a straight red card and Mario Balotelli
stepped up to take the ensuing penalty, but his strike was stopped by Genoa
goalkeeper Mattia Perin. The clubs finished with a share of the points at 1-1.

In Saturday’s final Serie A fixture, Dejan Lazarevic’s goal in the second
minute of stoppage time proved to be the winner as Chievo claimed a 1-0 win
over Hellas in the Verona derby.