Cavani, Inler Both Score Two as Napoli Pound Pescara 5-1
This match didn't start with a bang. It was a little after five minutes into the match when the fireworks started at San Paolo.
Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne had the first real chance with a beautiful shot just wide of the goal in the eighth minute. Marek Hamsik added pressure with a great chance saved by Pescara's Mattia Perin a minute later.
The levee finally broke when Gokhan Inler fired a rocket from just outside the box to break the scoreless tie.
Pescara's questionable defending caught up with them early in this one.
Napoli's second tally came in the 15th minute when Insigne moved the ball well into the box. The ball deflected off a Pescara defender and dropped right to Hamsik. He didn't get much of the ball but enough to double Napoli's lead.
Pescara decided to fight back right about the time Napoli decided to quit playing.
Pescara's Damiano Zanon crossed a ball into the box for his side's first real chance of the match. Giandomenico Mesto did little to challenge Birkir Bjarnason, and Bjarnason made him pay with a great header past Napoli's Morgan De Sanctis in the 18th minute to give Pescara life.
In the second half, like the first, things started to heat up about five minutes in.
Napoli began pressing hard in the 50th minute. Edinson Cavani had two incredible chances in the 55th. One hit the post; the other deflected off of one defender and was then cleared by another over the crossbar.
It was only a matter of time for Cavani who was so hungry for a goal.
In the 57th minute, Cavani drove into the box and was taken down in the penalty area by Antonio Bocchetti. Bocchetti was shown the red immediately, and El Matador was awarded a penalty.
Cavani converted the try, though the keeper read it right.
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It was clear from then on that the visiting side was down a man. Cavani's second came off a great touch from Hamsik to make it 4-1 in the 63rd minute.
If it wasn't a sure thing before, in the 78th minute Inler sealed it with another incredible strike from outside the box that shaved the inside of the post and went in.
The game ended at 5-1, and Inler was the man of the match.
His two goals put his season total at three, and this is the second time he's been the man of the match this season in Serie A.
For Cavani, his two goals Sunday put his season total to 10 in domestic play—a number he's achieved in just 12 appearances. He's now second in goals scored in Serie A, two behind Milan's Stephen El Shaarawy.
For Napoli, they remain just two points behind Juventus at the top of the table. Their next match is against PSV Eindhoven on Dec. 6 in Europa League play. Three days later the Partenopei have a heavyweight match against Internazionale in Milan.
For Pescara, they remain at the bottom of the table. They must do something to achieve a few favorable results if there is any hope of the Delfini avoiding relegation.
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