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Napoli closes in on Champions League return

 Chievo midfielder Michael Bradley, right, of the United States, is challenged by AS Roma's captain Francesco Totti, left, and teammate Valdes Jose' A...

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Chievo midfielder Michael Bradley, right, of the United States, is challenged by AS Roma's captain Francesco Totti, left, and teammate Valdes Jose' A...

Napoli broke a four-way for third place and the final Champions League berth with a 2-0 win over Palermo on Tuesday, stating its intentions of returning to the top European competition it fared so well in this season.
Edinson Cavani put Napoli ahead with a penalty in the 16th minute at San Paolo stadium for his 23rd goal of the Serie A season, and Marek Hamsik doubled the lead in the 35th with a sublime chest control and shot from the center of the area.
Also, Napoli midfielder Gokhan Inler hit the crossbar in the fifth.
With two rounds remaining, Napoli moved three points in front of Udinese, Inter Milan and Lazio, which all play Wednesday.
In this season's Champions League, Napoli advanced from a group that featured Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Villarreal, but was eliminated by eventual finalist Chelsea in the second round after squandering a two-goal lead from the first leg.
Also Wednesday, Juventus can clinch the Serie A title if it beats Lecce and second-place AC Milan loses to Atalanta at the San Siro.
Earlier, Roma and Chievo Verona drew 0-0 under heavy rain, hurting Roma's chances of qualifying for the Europa League.
With the pitch soaked, Chievo produced more chances, while Roma had trouble finding the target at the Bentegodi stadium.
Roma remained seventh, with only the fourth-, fifth- and possibly sixth-place clubs qualifying for the Europa League.
The result will increase pressure on Roma manager Luis Enrique, with the Giallorossi's winless streak now at four matches.
"It hasn't been an easy year and I don't know what will happen in the future, but a manager has to accept criticism," Luis Enrique said. "A coach is judged by his results."