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.
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
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
|25||Reina (GK)||1||Weidenfeller (GK) (C)|
|1||Rafael Cabral (GK)||20||Langerak (GK)|
|Rafael Benítez (ESP)||Jürgen Klopp (GER)|
|Pedro Proença (POR)|
|A||Real Sociedad||Shakhtar Donetsk|