[QODLink]
Sport
Fiore look for European comeback
Win over Napoli gives team chance to recover from Champs League exit with Europa spot.
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2010 07:37 GMT
Gilardino nods home the equaliser [EPA]

Alberto Gilardino boosted Fiorentina's outside chance of a Europa League qualifying spot by scoring with two headers in a 3-1 comeback win at faltering Napoli in the Italian Serie A.

The Florence club, eliminated from the European Champions League at the last 16 stage by Bayern Munich in midweek, are 10th in the standings but have moved within five points of sixth spot and a guaranteed place in the Europa League qualifying round.

Seventh-placed Napoli, five behind Palermo in the fourth Champions League qualifying spot, took the lead early in the second half when injury-hit Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi headed in his first goal at the San Paolo for a year.

Lavezzi then had a strong shout for a penalty turned down before Gilardino equalised 15 minutes after the break when he nodded home Stevan Jovetic's cross at the near post.

The Italy striker grabbed his second three minutes from the end when he flicked in Jovetic's header following a corner and Jovetic netted the third himself in stoppage time after Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis had gone upfield to try to score.

Fiore coach Cesare Prandelli, whose side are in the Italian Cup semi-finals, has been linked in the media with Juventus or Italy for next season but he has hinted he would like to stay.

Inter Milan's 3-1 defeat at Catania on Friday means second-placed AC Milan can move within a point of the leaders if they beat Chievo on Sunday, although defender Alessandro Nesta is out and will have knee surgery on Monday.

Source:
Reuters
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.