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Napoli 3-2 Cesena

Dries Mertens
Mertens created one and scored two as his team defeated Cesena

Napoli remain in contention for a Champions League place after Dries Mertens scored twice in their win over relegated Cesena on Monday.

Gregoire Defrel's left-foot strike put visiting Cesena ahead before Mertens pounced after a shot from Jose Callejon deflected into his path.

Mertens set up Manolo Gabbiadini to make it 2-1 only for Defrel to level before the break.

But Mertens struck the winner from Marek Hamsik's pass before the hour.

The win means Rafa Benitez's team have 63 points in Serie A, three behind third-placed Lazio and four adrift of second-placed Roma.

Finishing second earns a team group stage entry in the Champions League, while the third-placed team joins the competition in the final qualifying round.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina beat relegated Parma 3-0 on Monday with Gonzalo Rodriguez, Alberto Gilardino and Mohamed Salah scoring.

Line-ups

Napoli

  • 45Andujar
  • 16Mesto
  • 33Albiol
  • 26KoulibalyBooked at 76mins
  • 31GhoulamBooked at 42mins
  • 8Jorginho
  • 19López Silva
  • 7Callejón
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forInsigneat 83'minutes
  • 14MertensSubstituted forGarganoat 89'minutes
  • 23GabbiadiniSubstituted forHiguaínat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 3Strinic
  • 4Adriano Buss
  • 5Britos
  • 9Higuaín
  • 11Maggio
  • 15Colombo
  • 24Insigne
  • 77Gargano
  • 88Inler
  • 91Zapata

Cesena

  • 30Agliardi
  • 14VoltaBooked at 6mins
  • 25CapelliBooked at 71minsSubstituted forRodriguezat 73'minutes
  • 15Krajnc
  • 33Renzetti
  • 8De FeudisSubstituted forCazzolaat 83'minutes
  • 34Cascione
  • 23TabanelliSubstituted forLucchiniat 57'minutes
  • 11Brienza
  • 7Carbonero
  • 92Defrel

Substitutes

  • 1Leali
  • 2Nica
  • 6Lucchini
  • 9Rodriguez
  • 18Djuric
  • 19Succi
  • 24Perico
  • 27Dal Monte
  • 44Cazzola
  • 77Eduardo de Araujo
  • 81Bressan
Referee:
Massimiliano Irrati
Attendance:
37,568

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamCesena
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Napoli 3, Cesena 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Napoli 3, Cesena 2.

Jorginho (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Emmanuel Cascione (Cesena).

Raúl Albiol (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Massimo Volta (Cesena).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Walter Gargano replaces Dries Mertens.

Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

Alejandro Rodriguez (Cesena) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

Franco Brienza (Cesena) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jorginho (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carlos Carbonero (Cesena).

Attempt blocked. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Faouzi Ghoulam.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alejandro Rodriguez (Cesena).

Attempt blocked. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jorginho.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Lorenzo Insigne replaces Marek Hamsik.

Substitution

Substitution, Cesena. Riccardo Cazzola replaces Giuseppe De Feudis.

José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Francesco Renzetti (Cesena).

Attempt missed. Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Cascione (Cesena) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Carlos Carbonero following a set piece situation.

Booking

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

Gregoire Defrel (Cesena) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Stefano Lucchini.

Attempt blocked. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jorginho.

Substitution

Substitution, Cesena. Alejandro Rodriguez replaces Daniele Capelli.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Massimo Volta.

Booking

Daniele Capelli (Cesena) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniele Capelli (Cesena).

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marek Hamsik.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Carlos Carbonero.

Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Carlos Carbonero (Cesena).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Gonzalo Higuaín replaces Manolo Gabbiadini.

Corner, Cesena. Conceded by Mariano Andujar.

Attempt saved. Franco Brienza (Cesena) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 18th May 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus36258367214683
2Roma361813551282367
3Lazio362061066343266
4Napoli36189967472063
5Fiorentina3616101055441158
6Genoa3615111058421656
7Sampdoria36131584539654
8Inter Milan3613131053421152
9Torino361312114342151
10Palermo361113124951-246
11AC Milan361113125049146
12Hellas Verona361111144561-1644
13Sassuolo361013134556-1143
14Chievo361012142737-1042
15Udinese361011154051-1141
16Empoli36817114247-541
17Atalanta36715143653-1736
18Cagliari36610204365-2228
19Cesena36412203667-3124
20Parma3666242971-4217
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