Sports Mole brings you live commentary of tonight's Serie A clash between Napoli and Catania.
By Sam Hughes, Reporter Filed: Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 19:15 UK
Last Updated: Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 07:05 UK
Napoli welcomed Catania to Stadio San Paolo for their Serie A clash this evening.
Walter Mazzarri's side were hoping to close the three-point gap between themselves and Juventus at the top of Serie A, while Catania had their eye on the automatic European places.
After a tightly-contested opening 30 minutes, Napoli flew out of the traps when Marek Hamsik both started and finished the move to make it 1-0. Paolo Cannavaro then doubled the home side's lead just before half time to give them a real chance of moving level with Juventus.
Catania worried Napoli in the second half, but sheer grit and determination helped Walter Mazzari's side secure all three points.
Find out how the action unfolded on Sports Mole's minute-by-minute live commentary below.
7.15pmGood evening all! Welcome to Sports Mole's live commentary of tonight's Serie A clash between Napoli and Catania.
7.16pmShould be a cracker at Stadio San Paolo tonight, with two in-form teams going head-to-head.
7.24pmGonzalo Bergessio and Francesco Lodi return from their bans for Catania, though Pablo Alvarez and Lucas Castro are suspended for this game.
7.25pmDefensive stalwart Nicola Legrottaglie misses out due to flu symptoms and is replaced by Alexis Roli for the away side tonight.
7.27pmCatania are in fantastic form at the moment, so I'd fully expect them to cause Napoli a few problems tonight - especially with a weakened defence!
7.28pmThe Rossazzurri are on a run of three consecutive wins in the league - something that the club have only ever achieved twice before in its history!
7.29pmA fourth victory tonight would be a new record, though it's a tough ask for the side who are chasing for a European place this season.
7.31pmNapoli, of course, are in the hunt for the title and, with Juventus' poor form since the turn of the year, they'll be hoping to go level at the top tonight.
7.33pmIf they do manage to secure the three points, it would certainly pile the pressure on Antonio Conte's side, who face Chievo tomorrow afternoon.
7.36pmNot long until we're off at San Paolo, so I suppose it's time for a predictions...
7.37pmIt's a tough one to call, but I think I'll have to go with Napoli for the narrow win. I think Catania will certainly cause some problems, though the forward line of Cavani, Hamsik and Pandev may prove too much.
7.40pmHaving said that, I don't think any of expected Cagliari to pull off a 4-2 win away at Roma last night!
7.43pmI think this game will be vital for Napoli - they could gain a real psychological advantage over Juve should they get the win.
7.44pmI'm sure Walter Mazzarri's got his men fired up for the game - the chance to go level at the top is a huge opportunity.
46 minGreat play on the wing from Bergessio forces Napoli to put it out for a corner.
47 minCONTROVERSY! Bergessio heads in from the corner to make it 2-1, but the referee rules it out for shirt-pulling!
48 minBergessio seems to haul down Zuniga before heading into the back of the net - they were holding each other, though!
49 minProbably the right decision, but Napoli have not started this second half very well at all.
49 minThe home side seem to have come out from the break and sat back to invite pressure from Catania. I'm not sure that's the right plan for this game as the away side are really forcing the issue.
51 minPandev finally gets hold of the ball for Napoli and weaves through the defenders before winning a freekick. Cavani territory!
52 minThe Uruguayan doesn't make the most of it - well over the bar!
53 minBergessio and Gomez linking well now - the latter has just seen an effort go wide from 18 yards.
55 minNapoli are just trying to calm this game down now by keeping the ball - it's been an uncomfortable opening ten minutes for the home side.
57 minIt seems Napoli are struggling to decide how they want to approach this second half. As ever, if they're not playing with urgency, they're never sure how to play.
58 minFar too cautious from Napoli - they seem to be hesitating, even when there's a chance to break.
60 minLorenzo Insigne is warming up on the touchline - could he be the man to revive Napoli? They need something at the moment.
62 minIt must be said that the surface isn't really helping either side. The rain is cutting up the turf and attacks are breaking down very easily.
62 minCHANCE! Nesto crosses to Cavani, who's unmarked in the box, but he puts it over the bar - should've done better!
63 minSUBSTITUTION! Inler comes on to replace Behrami.
64 minClearly, Inler has been brought on to give Napoli some energy and control in the centre of the park. There's not enough drive at the moment for the home side.
65 minInler has given away a freekick in a dangerous area, though - Lodi stands over it...
65 minCHANCE! De Sanctis flies across goal to keep Lodi's effort out! The goalkeeper was struggling!
67 minThe weather is causing havoc - advertising boards have been blown over and Catania have a corner. Could cause problems...
68 minIt's cleared eventually by Napoli - they've not quite seen this game out yet. Another corner for Catania.
69 minNapoli break quickly through Hamsik, but he chooses the wrong option and ignores Cavani!
69 minThe big striker could've been played in, there! Missed opportunity.
71 minHamsik plays the corner short to Zuniga, who feeds Inler on the edge of the box - his shot is closed down well.
73 minSUBSTITUTION! Sergio Almiron replaces Marco Biagianti.
75 minIf Catania were to get a goal, it'd make for an interesting last 15 minutes. I wouldn't rule it out just yet.
76 minSUBSTITUTION! Hamsik - who could well be the match-winner - is replaced by Insigne.
78 minCatania are still causing problems for Napoli, but the home side are looking more likely to get the three points.
80 minNapoli have been really disappointing in this half - a lacklustre effort, even when it looks as though they're in dangerous positions.
82 minWalter Mazzarri will not be happy with his side's performance, but it looks as though they might just make it over the line now and head to the top of Serie A. Catania are beginning to tire as the game draws to a close.
83 minBarrientos has a curling effort from the edge of the area, but the ball floats harmlessly wide.
84 minA flash of brilliance from Cavani, charges in from the right-hand side, but can't quite get his shot away.
85 minA bit more of that style of play would've seen Napoli wrap this game up a long time ago.
87 minA scramble in the area from a Catania freekick - Napoli just about get it clear!
88 minThe last couple of minutes have seen the game become a real scrappy affair - Napoli just want to see this out and take the win.
89 minClever play from Insigne as he tries a reverse pass into Pandev, but it's just cut out by the Catania defence. So close to wrapping it up!
90 minJob done for Napoli, it seems - they're just keeping the ball in a bid to finally see out this game.
90 min+2A late corner for Catania is cleared by Napoli, even the away side know it's over now.
9.43pmNapoli head to the top of the table, level on points with Juventus! A huge win for the Naples side!
9.44pmAfter a really entertaining first half, Napoli seemed content to simply shut up shop in the second half. It was a disappointing end to the game, but they got the job done!
9.45pmCatania threatened to make a game of it early on in the half, but Napoli's grit slowed the game right down and secured the three points, which could increase in importance if Juventus don't do the business tomorrow!
9.47pmThanks for joining us here at Sports Mole - check out the match report from Subhankar Mondal here.