Napoli held to goalless draw by stubborn Sampdoria in Serie A

Sampdoria had beaten Napoli only once in their last five outings, but despite missing head coach Delio Rossi, handed a two-match ban for making a rude gesture last week, the visitors went in feeling buoyed at the break.

updated: February 18, 2013 10:43 IST
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Milan: A coach-less but stubborn Sampdoria put the brakes on Napoli's Serie A title ambitions by holding the Neapolitans to a scoreless draw at the San Paolo on Sunday.

Napoli had hoped to close the gap on Juventus to just two points after the championship leaders were stunned 1-0 by Francesco Totti's rocket strike for Roma on Saturday.

But three days after a shock 3-0 defeat at home to Viktoria Plzen in the Europa League, Walter Mazzarri's side failed to conjure a goal for the second match in succession.

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