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Youthful Liverpool frustrate Napoli

Published: Thursday 21 October 2010, 20.45CET
SSC Napoli 0-0 Liverpool FC
Napoli had the better of the chances, with Marek Hamšik's shot cleared off the line, but a young Liverpool side held on to stay clear in Group K.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio San Paolo

Match statistics

NapoliLiverpool

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
1
Corners6
 
2
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed7
 
8
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 21 October 2010, 20.45CET

Youthful Liverpool frustrate Napoli

SSC Napoli 0-0 Liverpool FC
Napoli had the better of the chances, with Marek Hamšik's shot cleared off the line, but a young Liverpool side held on to stay clear in Group K.

Liverpool FC remain top of UEFA Europa League Group K after holding Napoli SSC to a goalless draw in Italy.

The hosts dominated but a Marek Hamšik chance – the striker's goalbound shot cleared off the line by Paul Konchesky late in the first half – was as close as they came to breaking down Liverpool's young side. Having secured the only win so far in the group against FC Steaua Bucureşti on Matchday 1, Roy Hodgson's side are two points ahead of Napoli and FC Utrecht.

Hodgson deployed a relatively inexperienced side, with Jonjo Shelvey making his European club debut and home-grown talents Jay Spearing and Martin Kelly among those thrown into the raucous atmosphere of a sell-out Stadio San Paolo. Walter Mazzarri's full-strength home side dominated possession and created most of the goalscoring chances. Ezequiel Lavezzi set the tone by firing over and Edinson Cavani tried his luck with an ambitious attempt from inside his own half.

On the stroke of half-time Napoli came closest yet, Konchesky coming to Liverpool's rescue when he blocked Hamšik's effort on the line after Cavani turned Jamie Carragher and cut the ball back from the byline.

The Argentinian striker twice came close himself within the space of five second-half minutes when Lavezzi picked him out after slaloming past four players. Reina was alive to his shot, while Cavani's subsequent header, from Christian Maggio's cross, flew wide.

Liverpool almost caught Napoli cold on 69 minutes, when Milan Jovanović dispossessed Salvatore Aronica and played Ryan Babel in on goal; Morgan De Sanctis pulled off an excellent reaction save. The Napoli rearguard also had to be alive to a shot on the turn from David Ngog, who showed great skill to control Jovanović's cross. An away win would have been harsh on Mazzarri's men, who visit Anfield on 4 November.

Last updated: 26/09/14 7.15CET

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Lineups

napoli

Napoli

liverpool

Liverpool

26
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
5
PazienzaMichele Pazienza
Yellow Card57
3
KoncheskyPaul Konchesky
Substitution65
6
AronicaSalvatore Aronica
14
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
7
CavaniEdinson Cavani
19
BabelRyan Babel
Substitution77
8
DossenaAndrea Dossena
23
CarragherJamie Carragher (C)
Substitution46
11
MaggioChristian Maggio
Substitution76
24
NgogDavid Ngog
14
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
26
Spearing Jay Spearing
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
Substitution85
28
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
33
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
23
GarganoWalter Gargano
Substitution83
34
KellyMartin Kelly
28
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro (C)
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
Yellow Card28

Substitutes

1
IezzoGennaro Iezzo (GK)
1
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
2
GravaGianluca Grava
6
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
Substitution65
12
Nicolao DumitruNicolao Dumitru
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution77
18
ZúñigaCamilo Zúñiga
Substitution76
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
Substitution46
21
YebdaHassan Yebda
Substitution83
17
Maxi RodríguezMaxi Rodríguez
25
CribariEmilson Cribari
22
WilsonDanny Wilson
77
SosaJosé Sosa
Substitution85
39
EcclestonNathan Eccleston

Coach

Walter Mazzarri (ITA) Roy Hodgson (ENG)

Referee

Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)

Assistant referees

Detlef Scheppe (GER), Christoph Bornhorst (GER)

Fourth official

Guido Winkmann (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Babak Rafati (GER), Markus Wingenbach (GER)

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