AS Roma vs. Napoli, Final Score 2-1: Giallorossi take sixth with deserved victory

Paolo Bruno

Roma have moved above rivals Lazio and into sixth place in the table, beating Napoli in the final game of the league season.

With Walter Mazzarri's departure from Napoli imminent, the coach hasn't ended his exciting reign with a fitting performance. A late goal from Edinson Cavani only turned out to be a consolation, after Marquinho and Mattia Destro both scored for AS Roma.

Unfortunately the match didn't live up to its billing, with two of the league's most free-scoring teams facing off. Napoli had wrapped up second place even before kick-off, though Roma still had pride -- and a position in the table above their rivals Lazio -- to play for.

That may explain why the giallorossi came out with much more intent, and almost opened the scoring after ten minutes. Miralem Pjanić forced a good save from Antonio Rosati with a free-kick from the edge of the box, with Napoli being Napoli and struggling to get into the match early on.

Not even Edinson Cavani looked on song, with the Serie A top scorer managing to blaze high and wide when clean through on goal after half-an-hour. He managed to bypass some 'defending' from Nicolás Burdisso, though completely sliced his one-on-one.

Roma continued to look the better side, and had a great chance to score right on the stroke of half-time. Marquinho cut in off the left and drilled the ball towards the far post, with Rosati tipping his shot away. Unfortunately it was straight into the path of Mattia Destro, though his follow-up rattled the woodwork, before the follow-up's follow-up was cleared off the line.

Eventually there was a goal, coming just a couple of minutes into the second half. Marquinho smashed the ball on the half-volley from the edge of the area, in an impressive opener. Things didn't get any better for Napoli, who conceded again just over ten minutes later. Rosati managed to get a palm on Destro's shot from inside the box, though it was a weak palm, and the ball trickled over the line.

Edinson Cavani gave Napoli something to cheer about by pulling one back inside the final six minutes, though it was a rare positive in a performance that suggested the partenopei were already dreaming of the off-season -- and Mazzarri his new job. Roma can't rest yet -- they've still got a Coppa Italia final to come.

Roma: Bogdan Lobonț; Dodô (Simone Perrotta 80), Leandro Castan, Nicolás Burdisso, Vassilis Torosidis Iván Piris 67); Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Michael Bradley; Marquinho, Miralem Pjanić (Alessandro Florenzi 76), Erik Lamela; Mattia Destro

Napoli: Antonio Rosati; Miguel Britos (Pablo Armero 53), Paolo Cannavaro (Emanuele Calaio 73), Rolando; Juan Zúñiga, Blerim Džemaili, Valon Behrami, Christian Maggio; Marek Hamšík, Edinson Cavani, Goran Pandev (Omar El Kaddouri 7)

Goals: Marquinho 47 (R) Destro 58 (R) Cavani 84 (N)

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