Estadio de San Mamés - Bilbao 27/08/2014 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Play-offs, Second leg

Athletic - Napoli
3-1
Aggregate: 4-2
 

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Athletic second-half comeback ousts Napoli

Published: Wednesday 27 August 2014, 22.55CET
Athletic Club 3-1 SSC Napoli (agg: 4-2)
Three goals in 14 second-half minutes helped the hosts come from behind and return to the group stage for the first time since 1998/99.
Athletic second-half comeback ousts Napoli
Athletic Club players celebrate at the final whistle ©AFP/Getty Images
 

Match statistics

Athletic
Napoli

3

Goals scored

1

13

Total attempts

6

5

on target

2

5

off target

3

3

blocked

1

0

against woodwork

0

7

Corners

2

1

Offsides

3

1

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

16

Fouls committed

15

13

Fouls suffered

16

Lineups

athletic

Athletic

napoli

Napoli

1Gorka Iraizoz (GK)1Rafael Cabral (GK)
4Laporte7Callejón
7Beñat
Substitution58
8Jorginho
8A. Iturraspe9Higuaín
Yellow Card43
10De Marcos11Maggio
14Susaeta
Yellow Card30
Substitution72
14Mertens
Substitution77
17Rico17Hamšík (C)
Goal47
Substitution70
18Gurpegi (C)26Koulibaly
19Muniain
Substitution85
31Ghoulam
Yellow Card39
Substitution56
20Aritz Aduriz
Goal61
Goal69
33Albiol
24Balenziaga77Gargano
Yellow Card87

Substitutes

13Iago Herrerín (GK)45Andújar (GK)
5Morán4Henrique
6San José
Substitution85
5Britos
Substitution56
11Ibai Gómez
Substitution58
Goal74
18Zúñiga
15Iraola24Insigne
Substitution70
22Guillermo Fernández88Inler
29Lopez
Substitution72
91Zapata
Substitution77

Coaches

Ernesto Valverde (ESP) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Standings

 
 
  
Published: Wednesday 27 August 2014, 22.55CET

Athletic second-half comeback ousts Napoli

Athletic Club 3-1 SSC Napoli (agg: 4-2)
Three goals in 14 second-half minutes helped the hosts come from behind and return to the group stage for the first time since 1998/99.

Three quick-fire second-half goals help Athletic Club come from behind to beat SSC Napoli
• Italian side go ahead through skipper Marek Hamšík in 47th minute
• Aritz Aduriz double turns tie around, putting Basque club ahead on aggregate
• Ibai Gómez's 74th-minute effort seals first group stage spot since 1998/99
• Athletic will learn fate in tomorrow's draw; Napoli go into UEFA Europa League

Three goals in 14 second-half minutes were enough as Athletic booked their place in Thursday's UEFA Champions League group stage draw after beating Napoli 4-2 on aggregate.

After drawing the play-off first leg 1-1 in Naples last week, the onus was arguably on the Italian side to look for an away goal of their own and a fast start ensued. In an end-to-end opening 20 minutes, Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuaín sent a speculative effort just wide of Gorka Iraizoz's left-hand post, before Athletic's Carlos Gurpegi responded in similar vein minutes later.

It was the home captain who had the game's first clear-cut opportunity, escaping his marker from a Beñat corner after 23 minutes; however, he was unable to direct his header on target. Four minutes later, his partner at the heart of the Leones defence, Aymeric Laporte, side-footed over an Iker Muniain cross.

Barely had the second half begun when, against the run of play, Napoli skipper Hamšík chested down a headed clearance before firing a low left-footed drive past Iraizoz from the edge of the box.

The Athletic response was immediate, yet Rafael Cabral in the Napoli goal was equal to Mikel Balenziaga's rasping attempt. Ernesto Valverde's men then took control of proceedings as they sought to level, and on the hour Aduriz was able to escape his marker from a corner before controlling and smashing home from close range. The equaliser breathed new life into the Basque club, and eight minutes later Aduriz latched onto a ball over the top, nipping in to beat the onrushing Cabral and slot into an empty net.

Substitute Unai Lopez's through ball then invited fellow replacement Gómez to catch the Napoli defence cold, collect and turn home, sending the San Mamés public into raptures. There was still time for the outstanding Aduriz to lift a shot over as he sought a hat-trick. The scoreline, though, remained the same as Athletic celebrated their second appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Last updated: 29/08/14 0.03CET

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