Napoli Vs. Bologna, 2012 Serie A: Azzurri Drop Two Points In Draw

Napoli are now seven points behind third place, and their qualification for UEFA Champions League continues to get more difficult. In a match where three points were expected, Napoli were far from their best against bottom-half Bologna, conceding an early goal and requiring some luck just to equalize. The Azzurri were on top for almost the entire match, but failed to convert their chances and did very little with their possession in a 1-1 draw.

Robert Acquafresca scored the opener for Bologna in the 14th minute after a comedy of errors from the Napoli defense. Everyone fell asleep at the back on a Nico Pulzetti through ball that played Acquafresca one-on-one with Morgan De Sanctis. He finished calmly, putting his team up 1-0. They would take their lead into halftime.

Frustrated with his team, Walter Mazzarri brought on Juan Zuñiga for Hugo Campagnaro -- who had a poor game -- in the 56th minute. Napoli looked better with Zuñiga in the team, but was still very obviously missing the injured Ezequiel Lavezzi. Luckily for them, they would be bailed out.

On a very weak shot from outside of the box that was headed nowhere, Bologna's Diego Perez handled the ball inside of the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. Edinson Cavani stepped up and converted the penalty in the 71st minute, but that would be Napoli's only goal in a disappointing draw.

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