May 5, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadio San Paolo
Napoli
3-1
Inter Milan
Cavani (3', 33' pen., 78')
Behrami (90')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Alvarez (23' pen.)
Jonathan (32'), Juan (62'), Ranocchia (76')

Result: Edinson Cavani hat-trick secures Napoli win

An Edinson Cavani hat-trick gives Napoli a well-earned 3-1 win over Inter Milan in this evening's Serie A clash.

Edinson Cavani scored an impressive hat-trick to give Napoli a 3-1 win over Inter Milan in this evening's Serie A clash.

The home side took the lead after just two minutes when Goran Pandev's pass found Cavani, who finished expertly.

Inter immediately began to push forward in reply and had efforts on goal through Fredy Guarin and Juan Jesus, but they didn't test the goalkeeper.

Christian Maggio then went close on 12 minutes, but his shot was just blocked by the oncoming defence.

The away side were given a golden opportunity to draw level when the referee awarded them a penalty on 22 minutes. Ricardo Alvarez stepped up and confidently made it 1-1.

Inter's Ricardo Alvarez scores a penalty against Napoli on May 5, 2013© AP Photos

Napoli were awarded a penalty of their own 10 minutes later and Cavani made no mistake from the spot to give the home side the lead.

Marek Hamsik was presented with the first real opening of the second half on 50 minutes, but his hesitation allowed the defence to get back and block his effort.

Andrea Ranocchia rose well two minutes later, but his header went just wide of the mark.

Alvarez found room for a strike on goal on 58 minutes, but he dragged his shot too wide.

Cavani grabbed his hat-trick on 77 minutes, racing to the back post to get on to the end of Pandev's cross to make 3-1 and all but secure the points for Napoli.

Napoli's Edinson Cavani celebrates a goal against Inter May 5, 2013© AP Photos

The Uruguayan came close to a fourth goal on 81 minutes, smashing towards goal from the edge of the area, but it went just wide of the post.

Napoi's Edison Cavani celebrates his goal against Parma on January 27, 2013
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