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Gerrard stuns Napoli with late treble

Published: Thursday 4 November 2010, 22.50CET
Liverpool FC 3-1 SSC Napoli
Steven Gerrard stepped off the bench to fire a second-half hat-trick as Liverpool moved them three points clear at the Group K summit.
by Simon Hart
from Anfield

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Match statistics

LiverpoolNapoli

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
4
Attempts off target9
 
5
Corners2
 
5
Offsides5
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 4 November 2010, 22.50CET

Gerrard stuns Napoli with late treble

Liverpool FC 3-1 SSC Napoli
Steven Gerrard stepped off the bench to fire a second-half hat-trick as Liverpool moved them three points clear at the Group K summit.

Skipper Steven Gerrard came to Liverpool FC's rescue as he stepped off the bench to fire a second-half hat-trick and earn Roy Hodgson's team a win that moved them three points clear at the Group K summit.

SSC Napoli had hopes of a famous victory on their first visit to England when Ezequiel Lavezzi fired them into a 28th-minute lead. They were still leading with 15 minutes remaining only for Gerrard to turn the game – and the group – on its head.

It was a weak back pass by Anfield old boy Andrea Dossena that let in half-time substitute Gerrard for his 76th-minute equaliser. Dossena's ball from inside his own area was a fraction short, inviting Gerrard to slide in and challenge. Although Napoli keeper Morgan De Sanctis got there first, the ball came back off Gerrard and went into the net.

When Glen Johnson went down under Salvatore Aronica's challenge two minutes from time, Gerrard then stepped up and put Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot before completing his hat-trick 60 seconds later when Lucas beat Dossena and sent Gerrard clear to dink over De Sanctis.

It was a far cry from a first half controlled by Napoli, with Lavezzi a particular threat. Having twice teed up a wasteful Edinson Cavani, the Argentinian striker himself drove wide after a misplaced pass from Jonjo Shelvey before similar generosity from the hosts led to the opening goal. When Christian Poulsen miscued a header, sending the ball back into his own half, Cavani's flick sent Lavezzi clear to finish low under Pepe Reina.

Liverpool almost replied soon after as David Ngog poked just past the far post. Hodgson took action at half-time, sending on Gerrard for Milan Jovanović, and Liverpool were soon on top. Shelvey and Raúl Meireles fashioned a good chance for Ngog but De Sanctis saved with his legs. Meireles shaved a post, but once again it was Gerrard who saved his side as Napoli slipped to third in Group K.

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Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

napoli

Napoli

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
26
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
Yellow Card76
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
Yellow Card25
5
PazienzaMichele Pazienza
3
KoncheskyPaul Konchesky
6
AronicaSalvatore Aronica
4
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
7
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Yellow Card90+3
14
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Substitution46
8
DossenaAndrea Dossena
Yellow Card47
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
Yellow Card67
11
MaggioChristian Maggio
23
CarragherJamie Carragher (C)
14
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
Yellow Card67
24
NgogDavid Ngog
Substitution83
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
Substitution84
26
Spearing Jay Spearing
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Goal28
28
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Substitution65
23
GarganoWalter Gargano
33
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
28
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro (C)

Substitutes

41
M. HansenMartin Hansen (GK)
33
GianelloMatteo Gianello (GK)
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard
Substitution46
Goal76
Goal88
Goal89
2
GravaGianluca Grava
21
LucasLucas
Substitution83
12
Nicolao DumitruNicolao Dumitru
22
WilsonDanny Wilson
13
SantacroceFabiano Santacroce
34
KellyMartin Kelly
18
ZúñigaCamilo Zúñiga
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
21
YebdaHassan Yebda
Substitution84
39
EcclestonNathan Eccleston
Substitution65
77
SosaJosé Sosa

Coach

Roy Hodgson (ENG) Walter Mazzarri (ITA)

Referee

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Cyril Gringore (FRA), Nicolas Pottier (FRA)

Fourth official

Wilfried Bien (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Said Ennjimi (FRA), Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

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