Serie A

Napoli adds misery to struggling Inter

Inter's Diego Milito (R) is tackled by Napoli defender Paolo Cannavaro (R).
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Inter Milan's crisis deepened on Sunday after crashing to its seventh loss in eight matches, going down 1-0 to Napoli in Serie A from Ezequiel Lavezzi's goal.

Lavezzi, who scored twice in Napoli's 3-1 win over Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League in midweek, pounced in the 59th minute to help his team rise to fifth place in the standings.

Napoli defender Salvatore Aronica was sent off in the 78th minute for committing a serious foul. Giampaolo Pazzini missed a glorious chance to snatch a draw for Inter three minutes from time.

Napoli had several chances to take the lead in the first half, the best coming when Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar pulled off a great save to deny Blerim Dzemaili in the 25th minute.

Inter barely had a sight of goal, although it almost took the lead just before halftime when Wesley Sneijder curled in a free kick that flew narrowly wide.

Napoli deservedly went in front just before the hour mark. Dzemaili did well to keep hold of the ball and dribble downfield before passing to Lavezzi, whose shot went into the far right corner for his fourth goal in three games.

Inter had not scored in its previous four games but it should have leveled when Yuto Nagatomo picked out an unmarked Pazzini in the middle of the area but his header went wide.

Lazio had also been in the middle of a bad run, having lost four of its past five games. The side has had a troubled past few days after coach Edy Reja offered his resignation on Thursday following his team's exit from the Europa League at the hands of Atletico Madrid.

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