Stadio San Paolo - Naples 19/08/2014 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Play-offs, First leg

Napoli - Athletic
1-1

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Honours even between Napoli and Athletic

Published: Tuesday 19 August 2014, 23.05CET
SSC Napoli 1-1 Athletic Club
Gonzalo Higuaín rescued a draw for the hosts but Iker Muniain's opener gives the Spanish side an important away goal.
by Ben Gladwell
from Stadio San Paolo
Honours even between Napoli and Athletic
Iker Muniain (left) is congratulated after putting Athletic ahead ©Getty Images
 

Match statistics

Napoli
Athletic

1

Goals scored

1

57

Possession (%)

43

12

Total attempts

16

4

on target

5

6

off target

8

2

blocked

3

0

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

5

6

Offsides

0

1

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

8

Fouls committed

19

18

Fouls suffered

8

511

Passes

322

443

completed

243

Lineups

napoli

Napoli

athletic

Athletic

1Rafael Cabral (GK)1Gorka Iraizoz (GK)
5Britos4Laporte
7Callejón7Beñat
75
8Jorginho
10
8A. Iturraspe
89
9Higuaín
68
10De Marcos
11Maggio14Susaeta
80
17Hamšík (C)
78
17Rico
24Insigne
60
18Gurpegi (C)
72
26Koulibaly19Muniain
41
33Albiol20Aritz Aduriz
77Gargano24Balenziaga
75

Substitutes

45Andújar (GK)13Iago Herrerín (GK)
14Mertens
60
5Morán
89
16Mesto6San José
75
25Michu
78
11Ibai Gómez
80
31Ghoulam15Iraola
88Inler22Guillermo Fernández
91Zapata29Lopez

Coaches

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Ernesto Valverde (ESP)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Standings

 
 
  
Published: Tuesday 19 August 2014, 23.05CET

Honours even between Napoli and Athletic

SSC Napoli 1-1 Athletic Club
Gonzalo Higuaín rescued a draw for the hosts but Iker Muniain's opener gives the Spanish side an important away goal.

Athletic Club will take an away goal back to Spain after holding SSC Napoli to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off tie, Iker Muniain's opener cancelled out by Gonzalo Higuaín.

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Selected by Rafael Benítez just over a month after appearing in the FIFA World Cup final for Argentina, Higuaín showed he was re-energised back in club colours as he burst down the right and hooked in an early cross which Marek Hamšík headed over. Hamšík then dragged a shot wide before Lorenzo Insigne missed an even better opportunity, only just failing to reach Jorginho's lofted ball with only Gorka Iraizoz to beat.

Deafening whistles accompanied every Athletic attack and the shrills became increasingly frequent as the guests established a foothold in the game, going the closest yet when Aymeric Laporte flashed his near-post header just wide of the right-hand upright.

Athletic had achieved one objective in neutralising the impact of the fans, and after threatening to take the lead twice, they succeeded at the third time of asking. Óscar de Marcos was allowed to progress unchallenged deep into Napoli territory and he teed up Muniain for a well-placed shot into the bottom right-hand corner.

Athletic emerged for the second half galvanised by their lead, not afraid to attack with the tricky Muniain proving a constant thorn in Napoli's side. They did so while maintaining a strong defensive organisation, but that was disrupted by the introduction of Dries Mertens, who managed to bring a sparkle back to Napoli's play.

Soon after, they were on terms when Higuaín grabbed his ninth goal in 11 games against Athletic with a low shot into the far corner. José Callejón wasted an excellent chance to give Napoli the lead, blazing wide with only Iraizoz in his way as the home fans urged their team forwards. Although Mertens stung Iraizoz's palms, Napoli could not find a winner, with Athletic holding on for a draw.

Last updated: 21/08/14 0.03CET

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