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Dortmund down Napoli to keep chances alive

Published: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 22.47CET
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 SSC Napoli
Last term's runners-up won an exhilarating Group F game, Marco Reus's penalty added to by Jakub Błaszczykowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
by Andy James
from BVB Stadion Dortmund

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Match statistics

DortmundNapoli

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)45
 
55
Total attempts18
 
14
on target12
 
12
off target6
 
2
blocked1
 
2
against woodwork1
 
1
Corners8
 
2
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed25
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
24
Passes462
 
554
completed306
 
392

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 22.47CET

Dortmund down Napoli to keep chances alive

Borussia Dortmund 3-1 SSC Napoli
Last term's runners-up won an exhilarating Group F game, Marco Reus's penalty added to by Jakub Błaszczykowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Borussia Dortmund ensured their UEFA Champions League fate remains in their own hands with a crucial victory at home to SSC Napoli.

Last season's finalists responded to their recent rocky patch with an absorbing display, but despite taking a two-goal lead through Marco Reus's early penalty and Jakub Błaszczykowski's second-half finish, seemed destined for a nervy finish after Lorenzo Insigne pulled one back for the Italian visitors. However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first goal at this level made sure of the three points and, more importantly, put Dortmund second in Group F heading into the final round of fixtures.

Knowing only a win would realistically keep them in the competition, Dortmund could hardly have wished for a better start as Federico Fernández's tug on Robert Lewandowski earned them a penalty just ten minutes in. Reus kept his cool to send Pepe Reina the wrong way and give his side the advantage, but with a one-goal margin unlikely to be enough in the head-to-head ranking, the hosts pushed for more.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan looked eager and soon threaded in Lewandowski, only for the Poland forward to blaze off target. Reus then had a dipping free-kick palmed around the post by Reina, before Mkhitaryan and Lewandowski were each denied by the goalkeeper after exploiting gaps in the Napoli defence.

Yet as dangerous as Dortmund appeared on the offensive, their injury-hit back line was very nearly breached on the counterattack between times, most notably when José Callejón dropped the shoulder on makeshift centre-back Sven Bender and struck a post. Dortmund were exposed again when Pablo Armero's long-range drive forced a flying save from Roman Weidenfeller towards half-time.

The interval allowed the Bundesliga team to regain their composure and they were back on the front foot after the restart. Reus and Lewandowski should both have done better after being teed up by the tireless Błaszczykowski, whose unselfishness was rewarded on the hour. Dortmund swept forward on the counterattack and Reus squared for the Poland captain to slot through the legs of Reina.

The danger for Dortmund was far from over, however, as Gonzalo Higuaín had shown when he drew a sprawling stop from Weidenfeller moments earlier. Indeed, BVB's profligacy looked like it might be punished when Insigne stole in to reduce the arrears, but it was another substitute, Aubameyang, who chipped over Reina with 12 minutes remaining to ensure the Schwarzgelben held on for their 50th European Cup win and one of the more important.

Last updated: 04/12/13 10.21CET

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Lineups

dortmund

Dortmund

napoli

Napoli

1
WeidenfellerRoman Weidenfeller (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
5
KehlSebastian Kehl (C)
Yellow Card38
7
CallejónJosé Callejón
Substitution66
6
BenderSven Bender
9
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Yellow Card11
9
R. LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
Substitution89
11
MaggioChristian Maggio (C)
10
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
14
MertensDries Mertens
11
ReusMarco Reus
Goal10
Substitution81
19
PandevGoran Pandev
Yellow Card38
Substitution76
16
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Goal60
Substitution69
20
DzemailiBlerim Dzemaili
Substitution62
18
Nuri ŞahinNuri Şahin
21
FernándezFederico Fernández
Yellow Card9
19
GrosskreutzKevin Grosskreutz
27
ArmeroPablo Armero
25
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
33
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
Yellow Card36
37
DurmErik Durm
85
BehramiValon Behrami

Substitutes

20
LangerakMitchell Langerak (GK)
1
Rafael CabralRafael Cabral (GK)
7
J. HofmannJonas Hofmann
3
UviniBruno Uvini
17
AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Substitution69
Goal78
5
BritosMiguel Britos
21
KirchOliver Kirch
24
InsigneLorenzo Insigne
Substitution66
Goal71
23
SchieberJulian Schieber
Substitution89
28
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
Substitution81
88
InlerGökhan Inler
Substitution62
30
GünterKoray Günter
91
ZapataDuván Zapata
Substitution76

Coach

Jürgen Klopp (GER) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

José Miranda (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP), Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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