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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, 22.51CET
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

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

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

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P: Played   
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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