[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
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
About 500,000 participated around the globe in the Peoples Climate March, and Al Jazeera spoke to some in New York.
Separatist movements in Spain, Belgium and Italy may face headwinds following Scotland's decision to stay in the UK.
A fishing trawler carrying 500 migrants across the Mediterranean was rammed by another boat, causing hundreds to drown.
Anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party - with roots in the neo-Nazi movement - recently won 12.9 percent of the vote.
Palestinian doctor who lost three daughters in previous Gaza war is fighting to bring 100 wounded kids to Canada.