Stadio San Paolo - Naples 18/09/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Group stage - Group F

Napoli - Dortmund
2-1
 

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Napoli hold on to see off ten-man Dortmund

Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 22.00CET
Napoli hold on to see off ten-man Dortmund 
'Important' Napoli win delights Higuaín ©AFP/Getty Images

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.

Match in 5

  • Benítez oversees first win in competition as Napoli coach
  • Higuaín scores first UEFA Champions League goal for hosts
  • Dortmund reduced to ten men after Weidenfeller dismissal
  • Stunning Insigne free-kick secures win
  • Late Zúñiga own goal only consolation for German side

Reaction

We lacked a bit of control in the closing stages. We needed more possession, but unfortunately we suffered until the final whistle. This victory is good for our confidence, let's see how far we can go.

Rafael Benítez, Napoli coach

Rafael Benítez, Napoli coach

We didn't stick to our game plan and we were down to ten men, but still pulled a goal back and hit the crossbar. All things considered, it would have been great if we had taken a point.

Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund coach

Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund coach

 

Player rater

Higuaín

Top Player

Napoli 

Lineups

napoli

Napoli

dortmund

Dortmund

25Reina (GK)1Weidenfeller (GK) (C)
Red Card45+1
5Britos
Yellow Card36
4Subotić
7Callejón6Bender
9Higuaín
Goal29
Substitution78
9Lewandowski
11Maggio10Mkhitaryan
Substitution76
17Hamšík (C)
Substitution90+2
11Reus
18Zúñiga
Goal87
15Hummels
Substitution45+1
24Insigne
Goal67
Yellow Card68
Substitution73
16Błaszczykowski
Substitution45+2
33Albiol18Nuri Şahin
85Behrami
Yellow Card33
19Grosskreutz
88Inler29Schmelzer
Yellow Card39

Substitutes

1Rafael Cabral (GK)20Langerak (GK)
Substitution45+2
14Mertens
Substitution73
7Hofmann
Substitution76
16Mesto
Substitution90+2
17Aubameyang
Substitution45+1
19Pandev
Substitution78
21Kirch
20Dzemaili23Schieber
27Armero30Günter
28Cannavaro37Durm

Coaches

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Jürgen Klopp (GER)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Standings

Last updated: 19/09/2013 09:05 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
 

Match statistics

Napoli
Dortmund

2

Goals scored

1

56

Possession (%)

44

14

Total attempts

13

9

on target

8

5

off target

5

2

blocked

3

0

against woodwork

1

8

Corners

3

1

Offsides

1

3

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

1

14

Fouls committed

14

13

Fouls suffered

13

606

Passes

469

465

completed

327

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Napoli get their UEFA Champions League campaign off to the perfect start with a 2-1 over last season's runners-up. Despite a late own goal and a last minute onslaught by Dortmund, Pepe Reina his defence stood firm to secure the three points.
  • Substitution
    90+2
    Mesto (in) - Hamšík (out) (Napoli)
  • Goal
    87
    Zúñiga (Napoli) scores an own goal.
    Dortmund have pulled one back. Camilo Zúñiga volleys the ball in off the far post from Marco Reus' cross under pressure from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for an own goal and a glimmer of hope for the Germans.
  • Substitution
    78
    Pandev (in) - Higuaín (out) (Napoli)
  • Substitution
    76
    Hofmann (in) - Mkhitaryan (out) (Dortmund)

See also

  • Napoli

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Arsenal, 01 October 2013, 2-0
  • Dortmund

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Marseille, 01 October 2013, 3-0
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