Napoli earned a vital win in the Champions League qualification race as second-placed Roma lost further ground on Serie A leaders Juventus.

The match looked destined to be a goalless draw until Spanish forward Jose Callejon headed in a late winner.

Roma had carried the greater attacking threat in the first half, with Gervinho spurning two glorious chances.

But third-placed Napoli grew into the game after the break and Callejon's goal put them three points behind Roma.

Only the top two sides in Serie A automatically qualify for the following season's Champions League, with the third-placed team facing a two-legged qualifying tie to reach the group stage.

Double figures for Callejon

Jose Callejon has scored 10 goals in 27 appearances since joining Napoli from Real Madrid in a £8.3m (€10m) move last summer.

And it appears to be a two-way battle between Rafael Benitez's side and Roma for second place behind runaway leaders Juventus.

The visitors needed a win to keep their slim hopes of overhauling Juve alive and only Napoli keeper Pepe Reina's double save from ex-Arsenal forward Gervinho stopped the Giallorossi from going ahead before half-time.

The on-loan Liverpool keeper also blocked Roma right-back Maicon's deflected shot with a smart reaction save after the break.

But Rudi Garcia's men are now 14 points adrift of Juve after Callejon's far-post header, from Faouzi Ghoulam's left-wing cross, condemned them to only a second league defeat of the season.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Napoli

  • 25 Reina
  • 11 Maggio
  • 31 Ghoulam
  • 88 Inler
  • 21 Fernández
  • 33 Albiol
  • 07 Callejón Booked (Pandev - 85' )
  • 20 Dzemaili (Henrique - 61' )
  • 09 Higuaín
  • 17 Hamsik (Insigne - 73' )
  • 14 Mertens

Substitutes

  • 02 Réveillere
  • 04 Henrique
  • 05 Britos
  • 13 Bariti
  • 15 Colombo
  • 19 Pandev
  • 22 Radosevic
  • 24 Insigne
  • 80 Doblas Santana
  • 91 Zapata

Roma

  • 26 De Sanctis
  • 13 Maicon Booked
  • 46 Romagnoli (Destro - 84' )
  • 06 Strootman (Taddei - 13' Booked )
  • 17 Benatia
  • 05 Leandro
  • 15 Pjanic
  • 44 Nainggolan
  • 27 Gervinho
  • 24 Florenzi (Ljajic - 75' )
  • 20 Bastos

Substitutes

  • 01 Lobont
  • 02 Toloi
  • 03 Dodô
  • 08 Ljajic
  • 11 Taddei
  • 22 Destro
  • 28 Skorupski
  • 35 Torosidis
  • 94 Ricci
  • 95 Mazzitelli
Ref: Gianluca Rocchi

Match Stats

Shots

13 14

On target

4 6

Corners

3 5

Fouls

13 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Napoli 1, Roma 0.

90:00 +3:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Napoli 1, Roma 0.

90:00 +0:13

Attempt missed. Maicon (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

88:36

Offside, Roma. Adem Ljajic tries a through ball, but Mattia Destro is caught offside.

87:26

Attempt missed. Rodrigo Taddei (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adem Ljajic.

84:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Napoli. Goran Pandev replaces José Callejón.

84:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Roma. Mattia Destro replaces Alessio Romagnoli.

83:10 Booking

Booking Rodrigo Taddei (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:08

Foul by Rodrigo Taddei (Roma).

83:08

Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Napoli 1, Roma 0. José Callejón (Napoli) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Faouzi Ghoulam with a cross.

76:28

Foul by Alessio Romagnoli (Roma).

76:28

Henrique (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:27

Miralem Pjanic (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:27

Foul by Gökhan Inler (Napoli).

74:56

Attempt missed. Henrique (Napoli) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gökhan Inler.

74:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Roma. Adem Ljajic replaces Alessandro Florenzi.

74:02

Attempt missed. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Maicon with a cross.

73:14

Michel Bastos (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:14

Foul by Christian Maggio (Napoli).

72:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Napoli. Lorenzo Insigne replaces Marek Hamsik.

70:13

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

70:07

Attempt blocked. Gervinho (Roma) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Michel Bastos.

69:16

Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

69:16

Henrique (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:41

Miralem Pjanic (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:41

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

65:12

Foul by Maicon (Roma).

65:12

José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:25

Attempt blocked. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Albiol.

63:45

Attempt saved. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

63:00

Attempt saved. Michel Bastos (Roma) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Maicon.

61:37

Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:37

Foul by Christian Maggio (Napoli).

61:14

Dangerous play by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

61:14

Gökhan Inler (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Napoli. Henrique replaces Blerim Dzemaili.

59:11

Corner, Roma. Conceded by José Reina.

59:08

Attempt saved. Maicon (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gervinho.

58:16

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Gökhan Inler.

58:14

Attempt blocked. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michel Bastos.

57:53

Attempt blocked. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

56:35

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

54:50

Offside, Roma. Alessio Romagnoli tries a through ball, but Alessandro Florenzi is caught offside.

53:11

Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Dries Mertens with a cross.

52:53

Attempt saved. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Blerim Dzemaili.

50:19

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Blerim Dzemaili.

49:46

Foul by Rodrigo Taddei (Roma).

49:46

Raúl Albiol (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:01

Miralem Pjanic (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:01

Foul by Gökhan Inler (Napoli).

47:35

Maicon (Roma) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:35

Foul by Gökhan Inler (Napoli).

46:57

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Napoli 0, Roma 0.

45:00 +2:58 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Napoli 0, Roma 0.

45:00 +1:17

Offside, Napoli. Gökhan Inler tries a through ball, but Gonzalo Higuaín is caught offside.

44:04

Attempt saved. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by José Callejón.

41:59

Corner, Roma. Conceded by José Reina.

41:55

Attempt saved. Michel Bastos (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gervinho.

37:16

Attempt blocked. Gervinho (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

37:14

Attempt saved. Gervinho (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

36:04

Maicon (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:04

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

33:34 Booking

Booking José Callejón (Napoli) is shown the yellow card.

33:02

Offside, Napoli. Marek Hamsik tries a through ball, but Gonzalo Higuaín is caught offside.

32:19 Booking

Booking Maicon (Roma) is shown the yellow card.

32:18

Maicon (Roma) has gone down, but that's a dive.

30:30

Hand ball by Marek Hamsik (Napoli).

30:07

Attempt blocked. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

29:14

Hand ball by Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

28:13

Alessio Romagnoli (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:13

Foul by José Callejón (Napoli).

27:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

26:45

Delay in match Rodrigo Taddei (Roma) because of an injury.

25:05

Offside, Roma. Alessandro Florenzi tries a through ball, but Mehdi Benatia is caught offside.

24:38

Alessio Romagnoli (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

24:38

Foul by Christian Maggio (Napoli).

24:00

Offside, Napoli. Raúl Albiol tries a through ball, but Faouzi Ghoulam is caught offside.

22:56

Gervinho (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:56

Foul by Federico Fernández (Napoli).

22:32

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by José Reina following a fast break.

22:21

Attempt saved. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

21:41

Miralem Pjanic (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:41

Foul by Marek Hamsik (Napoli).

17:34

Attempt missed. Gervinho (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michel Bastos.

14:04

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Alessandro Florenzi.

12:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Roma. Rodrigo Taddei replaces Kevin Strootman because of an injury.

12:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

10:59

Delay in match Kevin Strootman (Roma) because of an injury.

10:07

Attempt missed. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Blerim Dzemaili.

9:22

Offside, Roma. Leandro Castán tries a through ball, but Michel Bastos is caught offside.

7:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

6:53

Delay in match Kevin Strootman (Roma) because of an injury.

6:33

Kevin Strootman (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:33

Foul by Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli).

6:04

Attempt missed. Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by José Callejón following a corner.

5:51

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Alessio Romagnoli.

3:58

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Alessio Romagnoli.

2:29

Attempt saved. Gervinho (Roma) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin Strootman with a through ball.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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