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Napoli seal qualification at point-less Villarreal

Published: Wednesday 7 December 2011, 22.54CET
Villarreal CF 0-2 SSC Napoli
Goals from Gökhan Inler and Marek Hamšík earned the visitors a place in the last 16 and condemned Villarreal to a sixth Group A defeat.
by Graham Hunter
from El Madrigal

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Match statistics

VillarrealNapoli

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target2
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
5
Corners5
 
14
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed20
 
17
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)51
 
49

Standings

Group A

PPts
1FC Bayern München Bayern613
2SSC Napoli Napoli611
3Manchester City FC Man. City610
4Villarreal CF Villarreal60
Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:42 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 7 December 2011, 22.54CET

Napoli seal qualification at point-less Villarreal

Villarreal CF 0-2 SSC Napoli
Goals from Gökhan Inler and Marek Hamšík earned the visitors a place in the last 16 and condemned Villarreal to a sixth Group A defeat.

Lightning did not strike twice at El Madrigal as SSC Napoli gained a measure of revenge on Villarreal CF, who knocked them out of the UEFA Europa League in February, by winning 2-0 and sealing progress to the UEFA Champions League knockout stage for the first time.

Manchester City FC's Group A elimination was confirmed with 14 minutes left when Marek Hamšík, from close range, added to Gökhan Inler's thundering opener midway through the second half. In a tense, even contest Napoli found extra quality at the crucial moments.

The talk of pride and self-respect in the home camp before kick-off was quickly proved to a bigger jury than expected, the local media having urged Villarreal fans to turn up in numbers and match the enthusiastic Napoli supporters. Despite being on a run of seven defeats in ten games, Juan Carlos Garrido's side looked determined to reward them.

When Napoli broke the offside trap early on, Ezequiel Lavezzi chipping a pass to the onrushing Juan Zúñiga, there was no panic once the Colombian international's effort bounced tamely into the grasp of Diego López. From that moment Villarreal's confidence flourished. Hernán Peréz squared a measured pass for Marco Ruben to strike cleanly at goal and his effort deflected off a post.

Slowly constructed passing moves took Villarreal towards half-time with growing rhythm and assurance. That Napoli are the in-form side with more footballers capable of doing the unexpected was demonstrated − albeit fleetingly. Hamšík and Lavezzi, for example, seemed immune to the lethargy which was gradually diminishing Napoli's efficacy.

The break came and went − news of Manchester City's lead audibly spread nerves among the sizeable visiting support. Evidently the Azzurri thrived on that. Edinson Cavani's surge forward in the 62nd minute was diverted by López sprinting from his goal, but Lavezzi followed up and only a combination of Joan Oriol and the goalkeeper saved the second effort.

Then drama. Inler did not seem pose much menace as he advanced, but he struck a thunderous left-footed drive which left López rooted to the spot. Cue huge celebrations high above that goalmouth from the Napoli fans.

Their joy increased on 76 minutes, when Lavezzi's low corner caused confusion and Hamšík, busy throughout, stabbed in to seal Neapolitan glory. Morgan De Sanctis's fantastic added-time save to turn a stinging Gonzalo Rodríguez drive around the post merely added to the feel-good factor.

Last updated: 27/11/12 15.03CET

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Lineups

villarreal

Villarreal

napoli

Napoli

13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
1
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
3
OriolJoan Oriol
6
AronicaSalvatore Aronica
4
MusacchioMateo Musacchio
7
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Substitution82
6
Ángel LópezÁngel López
Yellow Card90
11
MaggioChristian Maggio
7
NilmarNilmar
Substitution64
14
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
Yellow Card90
8
De GuzmánJonathan De Guzmán
Yellow Card4
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
Goal76
Substitution79
9
Marco RubenMarco Ruben
18
ZúñigaCamilo Zúñiga
Substitution90+2
11
PerézHernán Peréz
Yellow Card38
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
12
ZapataCristián Zapata
Yellow Card22
Substitution76
23
GarganoWalter Gargano
19
SennaMarcos Senna (C)
Substitution73
28
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro (C)
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
88
InlerGökhan Inler
Goal65

Substitutes

1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
83
RosatiAntonio Rosati (GK)
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
Substitution76
2
GravaGianluca Grava
Substitution90+2
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
8
DossenaAndrea Dossena
14
Mario GasparMario Gaspar
19
SantanaMario Santana
17
Camuñas Javier Camuñas
Substitution64
20
DzemailiBlerim Dzemaili
Substitution79
26
GullónMarcos Gullón
21
FernándezFederico Fernández
41
JoseluJoselu
Substitution73
29
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution82

Coach

Juan Carlos Garrido (ESP) Walter Mazzarri (ITA)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Tommy Skjerven (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Brage Sandmoen (NOR)

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