Sep 30, 2012 at 2pm UK at ​Stadio Luigi Ferraris
Sampdoria
0-1
Napoli

Berardi (34'), Mba Obiang (41'), Gastaldello (57'), Costa (58')
Gastaldello (66')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Cavani (67' pen.)
Behrami (37'), Cannavaro (89'), Insigne (90')

Result: Sampdoria 0-1 Napoli

Result: Sampdoria 0-1 Napoli
© PA Photos
Napoli move joint top in Serie A with a hard-fought win against Sampdoria thanks to a second-half penalty from Edinson Cavani.

Napoli maintained their unbeaten start to the season in a hard-fought victory at Sampdoria.

Walter Mazzarri's side failed to produce the sparkling form which has been a highlight of the early stages of the Serie A season, thanks to a dogged performance from Ciro Ferrera's side.

Mazzarri grew increasingly angry during the opening half, and was sent to the stands in a rage after reacting to a challenge on Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami.

Lorenzo Insigne was brought on for Goran Pandev on the hour for Napoli, and the change provided an instant reward.

A sweeping move from the away team found Marek Hamsik in space in the area, and he forced a rash challenge from Daniele Gastaldello to win a penalty.

Gastaldello was given a straight red for the late tackle, with Edinson Cavani making no mistake from the spot for his fifth goal of the season.

Sampdoria were forced to chase the game late on but the ten men could not find a response.

A spirited win for Napoli has moved them level on points with Juventus at the top of the Serie A table.

Edinson Cavani
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