Stadio San Paolo - Naples 06/11/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Group stage - Group F

Napoli - Marseille
3-2
 

Napoli - Marseille 3-2 - 06/11/2013 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2014

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Napoli move forward as Marseille bow out

Published: Wednesday 6 November 2013, 23.00CET
Napoli move forward as Marseille bow out
Gonzalo Higuaín was the match winner with two goals for Napoli ©AFP/Getty Images

SSC Napoli were made to work hard for a win over Olympique de Marseille that keeps them on course for a place in the UEFA Champions League last 16 while eliminating the French side from the competition.

André Ayew put the visitors in front, but two quick-fire goals from Gökhan Inler and Gonzalo Higuaín changed the complexion of the Group F contest. Marseille levelled through Florian Thauvin before Higuaín's second sealed victory and edged Napoli closer to qualification, which they can obtain with a draw at Borussia Dortmund.

Match in 5

  • Higuaín scores twice as Napoli claim third Group F win
  • Marseille eliminated with two matches remaining
  • André Ayew gives visitors lead, Inler equalises in style
  • Higuaín strikes either side of Thauvin leveller
  • Italian side now unbeaten in six home games in competition

Reaction

We knew since the the draw it was going to be a tight affair. I'm not at my very best yet but I feel I'm improving and I'm very happy with the goals I scored tonight.

Gonzalo Higuaín, Napoli forward

Gonzalo Higuaín, Napoli forward

We almost shared the spoils with this team but it always ends up the same way. When you must score three or four times to win, it's tough.

Benoît Cheyrou, Marseille midfielder

Benoît Cheyrou, Marseille midfielder

 

Player rater

Higuaín

Top Player

Napoli 

Lineups

napoli

Napoli

marseille

Marseille

25Reina (GK)30Mandanda (GK) (C)
7Callejón2Abdallah
9Higuaín
Goal24
Goal75
3N'Koulou
11Maggio (C)7Cheyrou
14Mertens
Substitution83
10A. Ayew
Goal10
19Pandev
Substitution66
11J. Ayew
Substitution67
20Dzemaili
Substitution90
14Thauvin
Goal64
21Fernández
Yellow Card34
15Morel
27Armero20Romao
Yellow Card80
Substitution83
33Albiol21Diawara
88Inler
Goal22
28Valbuena
Substitution57

Substitutes

15Colombo (GK)16Samba (GK)
3Uvini9Gignac
Substitution67
17Hamšík
Substitution66
13Lemina
Substitution83
24Insigne
Substitution83
17Payet
Substitution57
Yellow Card77
28Cannavaro23B. Mendy
85Behrami
Substitution90
25Imbula
91Zapata29Khalifa

Coaches

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Élie Baup (FRA)

Referee

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Standings

Last updated: 07/11/2013 09:17 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
 

Match statistics

Napoli
Marseille

3

Goals scored

2

48

Possession (%)

52

11

Total attempts

15

7

on target

7

4

off target

8

2

blocked

4

1

against woodwork

0

5

Corners

3

5

Offsides

0

1

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

11

Fouls committed

10

10

Fouls suffered

10

649

Passes

574

491

completed

431

photos

Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    A thoroughly entertaining game comes to a close after two well-taken goals from Higuaín gives his side their third win in Group F which takes them level on points with Arsenal at the top. Marseille can feel proud of their efforts but are now eliminated from the competition.
  • Substitution
    90
    Behrami (in) - Dzemaili (out) (Napoli)
    However, Higuaín stays on as one Swiss midfielder replaces another.
  • Substitution
    83
    Insigne (in) - Mertens (out) (Napoli)
  • Substitution
    83
    Lemina (in) - Romao (out) (Marseille)
  • Yellow Card
    80
    Romao (Marseille) is shown a yellow card.

See also

  • Napoli

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Dortmund, 26 November 2013, 3-1
  • Marseille

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Arsenal, 26 November 2013, 2-0
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