What a blow to Napoli's scudetto hopes. First, Gökhan Inler took a shot from outside the box, an absolute stunner of a strike that took a slight deflection off Napoli defender Paolo Cannavaro and left keeper Morgan De Sanctis with absolutely nothing he could do except watch the ball go into the back of the net. The Udinese midfielder refused to celebrate his goal at the San Paolo, further fueling rumors that he's on his way out and on to Napoli
Small consolation to the partenopei, however, as just six minutes later, former Napoli forward Germán Denis put a second past his former club. The majority of the work was put in by midfielder Pablo Armero, however, who took the ball up the left side before slotting it on to Denis. De Sanctis was caught wrong footed and Udinese lead, 2-0.
With the 3-0 victory by AC Milan over Sampdoria yesterday, the scudetto dreams are likely out of Napoli's reach. A loss here means that they're six points behind the league leaders, and with no slips by Milan likely, it looks as though Napoli will have to concentrate on staying within the Champions League positions.