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Gomez hauls nervy Bayern to Napoli victory

Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 22.51CET
FC Bayern München 3-2 SSC Napoli
Mario Gomez's hat-trick took Bayern to the verge of the last 16, but the hosts endured a nervous finale in a game both sides ended with ten men.
by Andy James
from Fußball Arena München

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Match statistics

BayernNapoli

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target12
 
3
Attempts off target1
 
3
Corners6
 
5
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
18
Yellow cards3
 
5
Red cards1
 
1
Possession (%)61
 
39

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

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Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 22.51CET

Gomez hauls nervy Bayern to Napoli victory

FC Bayern München 3-2 SSC Napoli
Mario Gomez's hat-trick took Bayern to the verge of the last 16, but the hosts endured a nervous finale in a game both sides ended with ten men.

Mario Gomez's first-half hat-trick put FC Bayern München within touching distance of the UEFA Champions League knockout phase, though the German hosts endured a real scare as SSC Napoli pulled it back to 3-2.

The Bundesliga leaders made light work of the visitors in a dominant opening period, with Gomez making it 13 goals in his last ten appearances in the competition. Two headers from Federico Fernández threatened to turn the tie as both sides were reduced to ten men in the second half, but Bayern held on to pull three points clear at the top of Group A.

Jupp Heynckes' side were greeted by a smart choreography depicting "The way home" to this year's final at the Fußball Arena München, but the considerable visiting contingent made themselves heard early on. Ezequiel Lavezzi stirred them up with two probing runs down the right, also dragging wide a shot from the left.

The Napoli fans fell silent when Gomez resumed normal duty with the opening goal on 17 minutes. Bastian Schweinsteiger threaded through to the Germany striker, who turned his marker superbly before slamming past Morgan de Sanctis. It only took another six minutes for Gomez to double his and Bayern's tally, peeling away and cushioning Toni Kroos' lofted diagonal pass into the net.

Gomez had already flicked just wide by the time he completed his treble three minutes before the interval, turning in from close range when Kroos' effort was spilled. Napoli restored some hope at the end of the half as Fernández headed in Marek Hamšík's free-kick, but it was going to take something special to reignite the contest after the restart.

A slight improvement was forthcoming, but even when Bayern lost their midfield director Schweinsteiger to a suspected broken collarbone, the hosts intelligently maintained possession. Napoli were limited to the occasional strike from distance, and their fate looked sealed when Juan Zúñiga received two quick yellow cards with 20 minutes remaining.

Holger Badstuber's dismissal seven minutes later offered Walter Mazzarri's men a chance, and they almost grasped it as Fernández headed in a second, Bayern protected their lead through the nervy final stages which concluded when, with De Sanctis up for a corner, Gomez almost added a fourth from the halfway line; the scrambling goalkeeper cleared by the post.

Heynckes' side can seal progress at home to eliminated Villarreal CF on 22 November, when third-placed Napoli host Manchester City FC.

Last updated: 16/05/13 17.04CET

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Quotes

  • Jupp Heynckes

    Read more"Napoli never give up, have super morale and are top when it comes to fighting and running. At this level you get nothing for free"

  • Walter Mazzarri

    Read more"My players were great in the second half, and did all they could to try to level even if it seemed impossible"

Lineups

bayern

Bayern

napoli

Napoli

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
6
AronicaSalvatore Aronica
Substitution42
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution80
7
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Yellow Card69
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
Yellow Card73
11
MaggioChristian Maggio
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
14
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík (C)
28
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
Yellow Card14
Red Card77
18
ZúñigaCamilo Zúñiga
Yellow Card69
Red Card70
30
Luiz GustavoLuiz Gustavo
20
DzemailiBlerim Dzemaili
Yellow Card36
Substitution84
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Substitution53
21
FernándezFederico Fernández
Goal45
Yellow Card64
Goal79
33
GomezMario Gomez
Goal17
Goal23
Goal42
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
39
KroosToni Kroos
88
InlerGökhan Inler

Substitutes

22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
83
RosatiAntonio Rosati (GK)
9
PetersenNils Petersen
2
GravaGianluca Grava
11
OlićIvica Olić
3
FideleffIgnacio Fideleff
13
RafinhaRafinha
8
DossenaAndrea Dossena
Substitution42
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
9
MascaraGiuseppe Mascara
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
Substitution80
19
SantanaMario Santana
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
Substitution53
29
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution84

Coach

Jupp Heynckes (GER) Walter Mazzarri (ITA)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Fourth official

Pol van Boekel (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Bas Nijhuis (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)

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