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Napoli verve too much for Villarreal

Published: Tuesday 27 September 2011, 22.56CET
SSC Napoli 2-0 Villarreal CF
Marek Hamšík and Edinson Cavani found the net in the space of three first-half minutes as Walter Mazzarri's side sealed their maiden win in Group A.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio San Paolo

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Match statistics

NapoliVillarreal

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
9
Corners2
 
5
Offsides11
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
20
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)48
 
52

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:30 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 27 September 2011, 22.56CET

Napoli verve too much for Villarreal

SSC Napoli 2-0 Villarreal CF
Marek Hamšík and Edinson Cavani found the net in the space of three first-half minutes as Walter Mazzarri's side sealed their maiden win in Group A.

SSC Napoli gave their UEFA Champions League prospects a shot in the arm with an impressive first Group A win at the expense of Villarreal CF.

Two goals in the space of three first-half minutes proved the Liga side's undoing, as Marek Hamšík's strike and an Edinson Cavani penalty put the Partenopei in charge before their passionate home support.

Many of Napoli's fans, eager to savour their first match in Europe's premier competition for 21 years, had been at the ground since lunchtime, and their devotion was repaid through three points for Walter Mazzarri's charges, orchestrated by the excellent Ezequiel Lavezzi. The Argentinian forward was involved in both of Napoli's goals and remained a potent threat throughout, causing Villarreal endless problems on the right flank.

The visitors had begun the match well, Cristián Zapata and Nilmar both trying their luck in the opening ten minutes with efforts that missed their target. The Brazilian striker then passed up a gilt-edged chance when he anticipated an untidy back pass by Cavani only to prod wide.

By then, however, Napoli were a goal up. Lavezzi, who had earlier drifted past two opponents before firing over, this time looked up to pick out Hamšík with a superb right-wing cross that caught the defence looking in vain for an offside flag. The unmarked Slovakian international rifled left-footed past Diego López to open the scoring after a quarter of an hour.

The hosts doubled the lead from their very next attack, the livewire Lavezzi reaching a through ball just before Gonzalo Rodríguez, whose late lunge brought the 26-year-old to ground in the area. Cavani duly sent López the wrong way from the penalty spot for his second goal in as many UEFA Champions League sorties.

Villarreal, without the suspended Borja Valero, looked largely subdued, although Giuseppe Rossi, who forced saves from Morgan De Sanctis either side of half-time before being brought down on the edge of the area by Paolo Cannavaro, helped the Yellow Submarine carry a greater threat as the match wore on. Indeed, Napoli became more entrenched in their own half, awaiting a chance to counterattack.

The Azzurri might have made life harder for themselves had Juan Carlos Garrido's side taken advantage of a break of their own with ten minutes remaining after Walter Gargano's pass was intercepted by Marcos Senna. Zapata twice teed up Rossi ten metres out, but the Italy striker was thwarted by Cannavaro on both occasions as Napoli kept their advantage intact.

Last updated: 27/11/12 13.05CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2012/matches/round=2000263/match=2007586/postmatch/report/index.html#napoli+down+villarreal

Quotes

  • Walter Mazzarri

    Read more"I would have replaced five or six players because many of them were utterly shattered"

  • Juan Carlos Garrido

    Read more"Today we brushed off the fear we had in our first match and we played a good game"

Lineups

napoli

Napoli

villarreal

Villarreal

1
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
6
AronicaSalvatore Aronica
Yellow Card5
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
Yellow Card16
Substitution33
7
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Goal17
Substitution71
4
MusacchioMateo Musacchio
8
DossenaAndrea Dossena
7
NilmarNilmar
14
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
8
De GuzmánJonathan De Guzmán
Substitution84
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
Goal15
Substitution79
10
CaniCani
Yellow Card85
18
ZúñigaCamilo Zúñiga
12
ZapataCristián Zapata
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Substitution88
15
CataláJosé Catalá
23
GarganoWalter Gargano
19
SennaMarcos Senna (C)
Substitution84
28
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro (C)
Yellow Card57
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
88
InlerGökhan Inler
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Yellow Card85

Substitutes

83
RosatiAntonio Rosati (GK)
1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
2
GravaGianluca Grava
3
OriolJoan Oriol
3
FideleffIgnacio Fideleff
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
9
MascaraGiuseppe Mascara
Substitution79
11
PerézHernán Peréz
Substitution84
19
SantanaMario Santana
Substitution88
14
Mario GasparMario Gaspar
21
FernándezFederico Fernández
17
Camuñas Javier Camuñas
Substitution33
29
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution71
18
WakasoMubarak Wakaso
Substitution84

Coach

Walter Mazzarri (ITA) Juan Carlos Garrido (ESP)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Peter Hermans (BEL), Mark Simons (BEL)

Fourth official

Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)

Additional assistant referees

Alexandre Boucaut (BEL), Luc Wouters (BEL)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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