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Napoli edge Cagliari to close on Juve

TIGHT AT THE TOP:SSC Napoli are within two points of the leaders thanks to Marek Hamsik’s goal, which moved them above Inter, who lost to a 75th-minute goal at Parma


Parma, who have struggled to find consistency, but remain unbeaten at home, showed plenty of team spirit and concentration to cope with Inter’s constant pressing toward the end, leaving the visitors frustrated and, at the final whistle, deflated.

“That was our worst second-half performance of the season,” Stramaccioni told Sky Italia. “Usually we improve after the break, but tonight it just didn’t happen for us. I don’t know if it’s a physical problem, but we can’t allow goals like Sansone’s. He ran 50m without anyone marking him. We’ve now got just one point in three games. We’re angry, but this isn’t a problem of individuals. This is my fault.”

Parma’s delighted coach Roberto Donadoni said: “It was a great collective performance, a fully deserved victory. I have to compliment my players.”

“I played with a 4-3-3 system, because I wanted to send a message to the team that we don’t have to be defeatist,” he said. “I thought Inter, needing to win, might concede space and that’s pretty much how it went. Probably Inter weren’t at their best tonight.”

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