Italian Serie A
NapoliNapoli2LazioLazio4

Napoli 2-4 Lazio

Gonzalo Higuain misses a penalty
Gonzalo Higuain has missed four penalties this season

Rafael Benitez's last game in charge of Napoli ended in a dramatic defeat to Lazio which cost his side the chance of qualification for the Champions League.

Benitez, who is expected to become the new manager of Real Madrid, needed a win to take Napoli above their opponents to finish third in Serie A.

From 2-0 down at half-time, Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in a thrilling fightback but then missed a penalty.

Substitutes Ogenyi Onazi and Miroslav Klose then scored as Lazio won it.

Both sides finished a remarkable game with 10 men as Napoli ended the season in fifth place after Fiorentina beat Chievo 3-0.

Lazio's Marco Parolo was sent off for a second yellow card in the second half after he had given the visitors a 33rd-minute lead with a deflected long-range shot.

They added to their advantage in first-half stoppage time thanks to Antonio Candreva's calm finish when sent clear with just goalkeeper Mariano Andujar to beat.

Lazio celebrate Champions League qualification
Lazio finished third in Serie A despite winning just three of their last eight league games

Higuain then scored both of Napoli's goals in a thrilling start to the second half which promised to give Benitez a memorable send-off, with Napoli knowing that a win would take them above Lazio thanks to their better head-to-head record.

First the Argentina international, 27, side-footed home to make it 2-1.

He then fired his 28th goal of the season into the bottom corner from a Dries Mertens pass.

Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam was dismissed for a second caution with 20 minutes to go.

And with just 15 minutes left, Senad Lulic tripped Christian Maggio to concede a penalty, but Higuain extended his poor record on spot-kicks this season when he fired the ball over to record his fourth miss from seven attempts.

Lazio then secured their place in the Champions League for the first time since 2008 with two late goals.

Onazi scored less than two minutes after being sent on by manager Stefano Pioli and veteran German international Klose, 36, headed home his 15th goal of the season in the last minute.

Elsewhere, Sampdoria drew 2-2 with Parma to guarantee finishing above Inter Milan - who beat Empoli 4-3 - and finish seventh.

That will be enough to earn them Italy's final place in the Europa League if Genoa fail in their appeal against a decision by the Italian Football Federation not to grant them a Uefa licence to compete in next season's competition, owing to an administration issue.

Marco Parolo scores for Lazio at Napoli
Marco Parolo scored his 10th goal for Lazio since signing from Parma last summer
Antonio Candreva celebrates
Antonio Candreva also scored his 10th Serie A goal of the season to put Lazio 2-0 up
Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in the space of nine minutes to make it 2-2
Gonzalo Higuain scores for Napoli
Higuain's second goal was his 18th in Serie A this season
Gonzalo Higuain shows his disappointment at missing a penalty
Higuain's missed penalty was celebrated by Lazio's Brazilian defender Mauricio

Line-ups

Napoli

  • 45AndujarBooked at 86mins
  • 11Maggio
  • 33Albiol
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 31GhoulamBooked at 70mins
  • 19López Silva
  • 88InlerSubstituted forGabbiadiniat 53'minutes
  • 7CallejónSubstituted forZapataat 89'minutes
  • 17Hamsik
  • 14MertensSubstituted forInsigneat 77'minutes
  • 9Higuaín

Substitutes

  • 3Strinic
  • 4Adriano Buss
  • 8Jorginho
  • 12Contini
  • 15Colombo
  • 16Mesto
  • 18Zuñiga
  • 23Gabbiadini
  • 24Insigne
  • 77Gargano
  • 91Zapata

Lazio

  • 22Marchetti
  • 33Dos Santos NascimentoBooked at 43mins
  • 3de Vrij
  • 18Gentiletti
  • 8Basta
  • 16ParoloBooked at 62mins
  • 32CataldiSubstituted forOnaziat 84'minutes
  • 19LulicBooked at 76mins
  • 87CandrevaBooked at 88mins
  • 9DjordjevicBooked at 19minsSubstituted forKloseat 78'minutes
  • 7Felipe AndersonSubstituted forLedesmaat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Berisha
  • 2Ciani
  • 5Braafheid
  • 6Mauri
  • 11Klose
  • 14Keita
  • 23Onazi
  • 24Ledesma
  • 27Cana
  • 34Perea
  • 77Strakosha
  • 85Novaretti
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
57,510

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamLazio
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Napoli 2, Lazio 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Napoli 2, Lazio 4.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Christian Maggio (Napoli).

  4. Post update

    Miroslav Klose (Lazio) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Mauricio.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Napoli 2, Lazio 4. Miroslav Klose (Lazio) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cristian Ledesma with a cross following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Manolo Gabbiadini (Napoli).

  8. Post update

    Cristian Ledesma (Lazio) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dusan Basta (Lazio) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antonio Candreva with a through ball.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Duván Zapata replaces José Callejón.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli).

  12. Post update

    Dusan Basta (Lazio) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli).

  14. Post update

    Stefan de Vrij (Lazio) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Booking

    Antonio Candreva (Lazio) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Antonio Candreva (Lazio).

  18. Post update

    Foul by José Callejón (Napoli).

  19. Post update

    Antonio Candreva (Lazio) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Napoli 2, Lazio 3. Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a fast break.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 31st May 2015

  • NapoliNapoli2LazioLazio4
  • CagliariCagliari4UdineseUdinese3
  • FiorentinaFiorentina3ChievoChievo0
  • Inter MilanInter Milan4EmpoliEmpoli3
  • RomaRoma1PalermoPalermo2
  • SampdoriaSampdoria2ParmaParma2
  • SassuoloSassuolo3GenoaGenoa1
  • TorinoTorino5CesenaCesena0

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus38269372244887
2Roma381913654312370
3Lazio382161171383369
4Fiorentina3818101061461564
5Napoli381891170541663
6Genoa3816111162471559
7Sampdoria38131784842656
8Inter Milan3814131159481155
9Torino381412124845354
10AC Milan381313125650652
11Palermo381213135355-249
12Sassuolo381213134957-849
13Hellas Verona381113144965-1646
14Chievo381013152841-1343
15Empoli38818124652-642
16Udinese381011174356-1341
17Atalanta38716153857-1937
18Cagliari38810204868-2034
19Cesena38412223673-3724
20Parma3868243375-4219
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