Edinson Cavani scored his 100th Serie A goal to salvage a point for Napoli against Fiorentina – and show Arsenal exactly why he is so coveted.
Fiorentina 1-1 Napoli: first half highlights
Fiorentina 1-1 Napoli: second half highlights
Edinson Cavani’s 100th goal in Serie A earned Napoli a 1-1 draw against Fiorentina – and the landmark showed Arsenal exactly why he is one of the most feared goalscorers in Europe.
Cavani has been linked with a January transfer window move to Emirates Stadium for the last week after Arsene Wenger openly admitted his admiration for the Uruguay star, but at present the Gunners have been unable to agree a fee with Napoli.
Cavani’s goal from a set piece made up for a glaring error by his goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis for Fiorentina’s goal, which almost cost Napoli the game.
Cavani’s 42nd minute header from Marek Hamsik’s freekick saw Napoli go second in the table but five points behind Juventus, who whipped Udinese 4-0 on Saturday, while Fiorentina at least put an end to three successive defeats in all competitions.
The Uruguayan’s goal – which was his 17th of the campaign – got Napoli back on terms after De Sanctis had completely misjudged Argentinian Facundo Roncaglia long pass from halfway which instead of finding its intended target, striker Luca Toni, went past the Napoli ‘keeper and into the net.
“My team-mates said to me ‘you will have a goal to remember'” said Cavani, who scored 34 goals when at Palermo and now 66 for Napoli.
“I am very happy [for my achievement], but I am thinking more of the team, we need to move forward to achieve our targets.”
Napoli could well have left with all three points but for the brilliant display in goal by Fiorentina’s goalkeeper Neto.
The Brazilian was on hand to deny a fierce effort by Gokhan Inler, a shot from Cavani and a pointblank header from Goran Pandev.
Cavani, who is the leading scorer in Serie A, said the result was not too disappointing.
“The championship is very difficult, one can lose to anyboy,” said the 25-year-old.
“It is a point gained, and now we are thinking ahead to the matches awaiting us.”
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