Serie A

Catania hits back to draw at Napoli

Napoli and Catania
Napoli's Ezequiel Lavezzi of Argentina, right, vies for the ball with Catania's Giuseppe...
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Napoli's Champions League ambitions suffered a hit as Catania grabbed two goals in the final 15 minutes to claim a point from a 2-2 draw at the Stadio San Paolo.


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The hosts, who went into the game having taken 16 points from their last six games, stormed into a two-goal lead thanks to efforts from Blerim Dzemaili and the prolific Edinson Cavani.

But seventh-placed Catania, who harbour European ambitions of their own, hit back impressively, pulling one back through Nicolas Spolli before substitute Davide Lanzafame netted the leveller five minutes from time.

The result means the gap between Napoli and third-placed Lazio, who beat Cagliari this afternoon, is now three points with third good enough for a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds.

Catania's Sergio Almiron had the first chance after nine minutes with a flashing shot from long-range which cleared the bar.

The hosts' Marek Hamsik went closer 14 minutes later with a header from a Ezequiel Lavezzi cross.

Napoli were starting to get on top and Catania goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo was twice called into action to save drives from Walter Gargano and the dangerous Hamsik before the break.

The home side remained on the front foot at the start of the second period, Lavezzi shooting wide and Carrizo denying Dzemaili.

They made the breakthrough on the hour mark with Dzemaili firing a right-footed shot into the top left-hand corner.

And after Cavani struck a post, the Uruguayan made it 2-0 after a swift counter-attack.

It looked all over but Catania had other ideas and game themselves hope when Spolli nodded in Cristian Llama's corner.

And they drew level after 85 minutes when another corner was not cleared and Lanzafame fired home from close range.

Napoli almost stole it in injury-time but Gargano shot wide when well placed.

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