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Napoli hold on to see off ten-man Dortmund

Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 22.51CET
SSC Napoli 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
The hosts were in control following strikes from Gonzalo Higuaín and Lorenzo Insigne, but had to hold on after conceding a late own goal.
by Ben Gladwell
from Stadio San Paolo

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Match statistics

NapoliDortmund

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)56
 
44
Total attempts14
 
13
on target9
 
8
off target5
 
5
blocked2
 
3
against woodwork0
1
Corners8
 
3
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed14
 
14
Fouls suffered13
 
13
Passes606
 
469
completed465
 
327

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 23:28 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 22.51CET

Napoli hold on to see off ten-man Dortmund

SSC Napoli 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
The hosts were in control following strikes from Gonzalo Higuaín and Lorenzo Insigne, but had to hold on after conceding a late own goal.

SSC Napoli made a great start to UEFA Champions League Group F with a 2-1 home win against ten-man Borussia Dortmund.

Gonzalo Higuaín's ninth goal in the competition – his first for Napoli – gave the hosts a 29th-minute lead before the 2013 runners-up were reduced to ten men when Roman Weidenfeller was dismissed on the stroke of half-time. An unstoppable free-kick from Lorenzo Insigne midway through the second half put the Serie A leaders in the driving seat, but a Camilo Zúñiga own goal set up a grandstand finish with Napoli just holding out.

Both coaches played their part in delivering a spectacle with two attack-minded sides sent into action, and it was Dortmund who seized the early initiative. The home fans were beginning to get nervous until Insigne flashed a shot wide and Higuaín then had them on their feet in anticipation as he skipped past Mats Hummels, only for Neven Subotić to get in a desperate lunge to tease the ball away from the Argentina forward.

The game was swinging from end to end and Nuri Şahin's deflected shot was plucked out of the air by Pepe Reina, defusing the danger. There was greater concern when Robert Lewandowski broke through and was denied by Reina's legs before Zúñiga used his head to clear Marco Reus's effort.

The stadium erupted at the culmination of Napoli's next attack with Higuaín nodding the hosts in front from Zúñiga's cross after freeing himself from the attentions of Marcel Schmelzer. Visiting coach Jürgen Klopp was then sent to the stands, and things went from bad to worse for the Schwarzgelben just before the break.

With Hummels limping away injured, Weidenfeller raced out of his area to block Higuaín's route to goal, doing so with his hands and suffering the consequence of a red card. With an extra man, Napoli intensified their search for a second goal, finding it in the 67th minute with Insigne sending in an dipping free-kick which tickled the underside of the crossbar on its way past replacement goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak.

Still Dortmund did not give up and substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rattled the crossbar before Zúñiga inadvertently lent them a hand with three minutes remaining, diverting past his own keeper with the aid of the upright. Dortmund surged forward with renewed belief and Reina had to be at his best to turn a Reus set piece wide as a mixture of joy and relief greeted the final whistle in the home stands.

Last updated: 14/04/14 16.35CET

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Lineups

napoli

Napoli

dortmund

Dortmund

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
1
WeidenfellerRoman Weidenfeller (GK) (C)
Red Card45+1
5
BritosMiguel Britos
Yellow Card36
4
SubotićNeven Subotić
7
CallejónJosé Callejón
6
BenderSven Bender
9
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Goal29
Substitution78
9
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
11
MaggioChristian Maggio
10
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
Substitution76
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík (C)
Substitution90+2
11
ReusMarco Reus
18
ZúñigaCamilo Zúñiga
Goal87
15
HummelsMats Hummels
Substitution45+1
24
InsigneLorenzo Insigne
Goal67
Yellow Card68
Substitution73
16
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Substitution45+2
33
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
18
Nuri ŞahinNuri Şahin
85
BehramiValon Behrami
Yellow Card33
19
GrosskreutzKevin Grosskreutz
88
InlerGökhan Inler
29
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer
Yellow Card39

Substitutes

1
Rafael CabralRafael Cabral (GK)
20
LangerakMitchell Langerak (GK)
Substitution45+2
14
MertensDries Mertens
Substitution73
7
J. HofmannJonas Hofmann
Substitution76
16
MestoGiandomenico Mesto
Substitution90+2
17
AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Substitution45+1
19
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution78
21
KirchOliver Kirch
20
DzemailiBlerim Dzemaili
23
SchieberJulian Schieber
27
ArmeroPablo Armero
30
GünterKoray Günter
28
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro
37
DurmErik Durm

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Jürgen Klopp (GER)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Tiago Trigo (POR)

Fourth official

Venâncio Tomé (POR)

Additional assistant referees

João Capela (POR), Duarte Gomes (POR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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