Cavani Leads Napoli Past Roma in Serie A Round 19 Clash

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Cavani Leads Napoli Past Roma in Serie A Round 19 Clash
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He now has 16 goals in 16 games. His hat-trick Sunday was nothing short of tremendous. If there were any doubt of El Matador's ability, all doubt was erased Sunday night at Stadio San Paolo.

His performance can't be overstated, but it overshadowed what was possibly one of the best performances by the defense and keeper Morgan De Sanctis all season.

The fireworks started early for the Partenopei. Edinson Cavani scored his first goal of the game in the fourth minute. 

Roma responded with plenty of pressure, but the Azzurri's back line did well to clear out the Giallorossi attack at every turn. When the defense fell short, De Sanctis stood tall to keep his side ahead. 

After the half, the tension broke when Cavani added a second tally to the scoreline in the 48th minute.

Cavani completed the hat-trick when he headed the ball past Mauro Goicoechea in the 70th minute. 

Pablo Osvaldo finally got Roma onto the scoresheet when he was able to force the ball past De Sanctis in the 72nd minute.

Any momentum from that goal was lost when Miralem Pjanic was sent off after being shown his second yellow card of the match in the 74th minute.

Christian Maggio added insult to injury when he scored in the 90th minute.

Cavani was named Man of the Match and is now the leading goalscorer in Serie A. 

With their win, Napoli are in third place, trailing second-place Lazio by two points and league-leader Juventus by seven. 

Roma's loss leaves them in sixth place; they trail Fiorentina and Inter by three points and Napoli by five points.

Looking ahead, Roma travel to Catania, who are in the middle of the table, and Napoli host Palermo, who are second from the bottom.

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