Roma v Napoli as it happened

As it happened

By Jonathan Jurejko - BBC Sport

In summary

  • FT: Roma 2-0 Napoli
  • Roma extend Serie A lead to five points
  • FT: Nice 1-0 Marseille
  • FT: Hoffenheim 1-2 Leverkusen
  • Leverkusen win after 'ghost' goal

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    And that is everything from another action-packed trip around mainland Europe tonight. We will be back with another live text commentary tomorrow from 1830, with Spanish leaders Barcelona's trip to Osasuna taking top billing.

    Expect plenty of excitement, and possibly controversy. But don't expect a 'ghost goal'. Ciao!

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    Whether Roma's Serie A title challenge is going to rumble on is not so clearcut. Defending champions Juventus will hope to reduce the deficit on the Giallorossi when the third-placed side visit Fiorentina on Sunday.

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    Expect this Bundesliga row to rumble on over the next few days and weeks - referee Felix Brych is surely going to get a pounding from the German football authorities for awarding Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling's ghost goal.

    Hoffenheim are surely going to appeal against the decision. They were only trailing 1-0 when Kiessling's header was awarded as a goal - despite going through the sidenetting.


    Adam, via text: Re Leverkusen 'ghost goal'. I'm sorry, but why on earth couldn't someone on the sidelines just have told the ref what happened? Nobody could have possibly complained and it would have avoided massive controversy.

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    Roma 2-0 Napoli

    New Roma boss Rudi Garcia has enjoyed a dream start to life in the Italian capital following his summer arrival from French side Lille. It's fair to say most Giallorossi fans were pretty underwhelmed by the Frenchman's appointment - can't see them complaining now.

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    Roma 2-0 Napoli

    European football writer Andy Brassell: (external) Great work by Roma. And defended so well again. Thought Rudi Garcia would work out there, but this is ridiculous...

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    FULL-TIME Roma 2-0 Napoli

    A huge roar greets the final whistle inside the Stadio Olimpico - and sparks joyous celebrations from the Roma players. The Giallorossi extend their 100% winning start to an eighth game as they move five points clear of tonight's opponents at the top of the Serie A.


    Chris Lutton: (external) Re 2125: Reading's ghost goal against Watford three or four years ago, when the ball at no point went anywhere crossing the line.

    Tom Coldman: Freddie Sears for Palace a few years back. Scored but bounced out and not given.

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    FULL-TIME Nice 1-0 Marseille

    Nice are still undefeated at home this season after condemning Ligue 1 rivals Marseille to their third straight defeat.

    Dario Cvitanich collected a through ball from Mahamane Traore to score from a tight angle in the 40th minute.

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    Roma 2-0 Napoli

    Former Napoli star Diego Maradona has seen enough. The Argentine legend marches out of the Stadio Olimpico looking rather unhappy. Sure he will be cheering himself up with a large glass of prosecco in an upmarket Roman restaurant tonight.

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    Roma 2-0 Napoli

    Roma have a measure of control over this important Serie A clash now. Veteran midfielder Daniele De Rossi is pulling the strings as the Giallorossi show a swagger with a one-touch passing move that ends with Kevin Strootman firing a rising shot over Pepe Reina's bar.


    Gwilym J. James: (external) The Bundesliga have said they won't do goalline technology until 2015. They might change that now...


    I don't think I have ever seen anything as strange as that. Have there been any other 'phantom goals' which can rival Stefan Kiessling's effort? Let us know using #bbceurofooty on Twitter or via text on 81111.

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    FULL-TIME Hoffenheim 1-2 Leverkusen

    It's all over at Hoffenheim and Leverkusen are top of the Bundesliga - at least until Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund play on Saturday. But this match will not be remembered for that. Oh no. It will be remembered for Stefan Kiessling's 'ghost goal'. The Germany striker headed through a hole in the side-netting of Hoffenheim's goal - and remarkably it was given. The Leverkusen players celebrated very sheepishly....

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    GOAL Hoffenheim 1-2 Leverkusen

    Amid all that drama in Rome, Hoffenheim miss a penalty through Roberto Firmino before they are handed a lifeline by Sven Schipplock, who halves the deficit.

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    GOAL Roma 2-0 Napoli - Miralem Pjanic (71 mins)
    Miralem Pjanic

    Roma have been on the ropes for much of this second half but stagger to their feet and manage to land what could be the knockout blow. Miralem Pjanic, who scored the opener with a perfectly-executed free-kick, nets his second by blasting past Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina from 12 yards.

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    PENALTY Roma 1-0 Napoli

    Penalty for Roma! Paolo Cannavaro grabs hold of Napoli's Marco Borrielo, hauls him to the ground and the referee has no hesitation in pointing the spot. Substitute Cannavaro receives his marching orders for his troubles...

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    Hoffenheim 0-2 Leverkusen German Bundesliga

    We're all still shaking our heads at that frankly bizarre decision in Hoffenheim. How didn't the linesman see Stefan Kiessling's 'goal' went through the side-netting?? Will the German FA order the match be replayed? Who knows. The referee looks rather sheepish now that's for sure. He must know he has made a howler.

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    HITS THE WOODWORK Roma 1-0 Napoli

    Napoli are totally dominating this Serie A clash now. Slovakian midfielder Marek Hamsik clips the top of the Roma stanchion with an effort which is sharper than his eye-catching mohican haircut. Surely only a matter of time before they grab an equaliser...

  20. Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique: (external) Who is watching Hoffenheim-Bayer Leverkusen??? It's the most incredible thing I've seen!

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    Hoffenheim 0-2 Leverkusen German Bundesliga

    Hoffenheim's Rhein-Neckar-Arena has fallen silent in disbelief. The home fans cannot believe what they have just seen. But Leverkusen are not complaining - they are cruising to the the Bundesliga summit with that 'ghost goal'.

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    GOAL Hoffenheim 0-2 Leverkusen - Stefan Kiessling (70 mins)

    Real controversy in Hoffenheim! Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling raises his hands to his temples after planting a free header into the Hoffenheim side-netting. He knows he should have done better.

    But wait! The ball creeps through a hole in the net and is given as a goal by the referee. Unbelievable. Hoffenheim are understandably going nuts, but the referee is unrepentant. Think a disciplinary will be heading your way, ref. That is a shocker.

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    HITS THE WOODWORK Roma 1-0 Napoli

    Despite Higuain still be rooted to the bench, Napoli start the second half very positively and almost make the perfect start. A well-worked move from the left ends in Goklan Inler arrowing a 20-yard drive against the outside of the Roma post. Encouraging signs for the visitors.

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    KICK-OFF Roma 1-0 Napoli

    We are back up and running in the Italian capital. How will Napoli try to haul themselves back into this game? Not by bringing on Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is still recovering from injury.

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    LATEST SCORES French Ligue 1

    Nice are still leading 1-0 against visitors Marseille in the big south of France derby. Victory for the home side will lift them level with their fourth-placed opponents.

    Elsewhere across the Channel, Reims and Toulouse are drawing 1-1.

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    European football writer Gabriele Marcotti: (external) Pjanic's free-kick reminiscent of Maradona's v Juve years back. Diego there tonight - his first Napoli game since he left.

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    Hoffenheim 0-1 Leverkusen German Bundesliga

    Hoffenheim are throwing everything at Leverkusen as they search for a leveller. The visitors are pinned back in their own half in the opening stages of the second half, but are holding firm - for now.


    Ben Aitkenhead: (external) Wow. Sensational free kick by Pjanic. Reina no chance. Massive moment.

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    HALF-TIME Roma 1-0 Napoli

    What a way for Roma to end the first half of this top-of-the-table Serie A clash! Miralem Pjanic's strike was virtually the final kick of the opening 45 minutes, which will leave Rafa Benitez's half-time team talk with a totally different complexion.

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    GOAL Roma 1-0 Napoli - Miralem Pjanic (45+3 mins)
    Miralem Pjanic

    And Cannavaro is punished in emphatic style by Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic! The Bosnian coolly steps up to despatch a curling effort beyond the despairing dive of Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

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    Roma 0-0 Napoli

    Roma's Gervinho is unceremoniously dumped on to the turf when in full flight by Napoli substitute Paolo Cannavaro. The veteran defender, who has just replaced Miguel Britos, gives away a free-kick in a very dangerous spot on the edge of the Napoli box.

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    HITS THE WOODWORK Roma 0-0 Napoli

    Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman finds a yard of space inside the Napoli half before striding forward and unleashing a fierce left-foot shot which whistles over Pepe Reina's bar.

    But seconds later it is the visitors who smash the woodwork. Lorenzo Insigne superbly maintains his balance as he tip-toes carefully around a swarm of Roma shirts, but can only prod on to the outside of the Roma post.

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    Italian football writer James Horncastle: (external) De Sanctis celebrates De Rossi's goal line clearance like he'd scored. Did well the pair of them.

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