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Cavani hat-trick keeps Napoli hopes alive

Published: Thursday 2 December 2010, 20.52CET
FC Utrecht 3-3 SSC Napoli
Edinson Cavani hit all three goals as Napoli came back from 3-1 down to end the hosts' hopes of Group K progress.
by Sam Crompton
Cavani hat-trick keeps Napoli hopes alive
Frank Demouge of Utrecht (left) tussles with Napoli's Luigi Vitale ©Getty Images

Match statistics

UtrechtNapoli

Goals scored3
 
3
Attempts on target6
 
15
Attempts off target1
 
11
Corners4
 
11
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
12
Yellow cards3
 
7
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 2 December 2010, 20.52CET

Cavani hat-trick keeps Napoli hopes alive

FC Utrecht 3-3 SSC Napoli
Edinson Cavani hit all three goals as Napoli came back from 3-1 down to end the hosts' hopes of Group K progress.

An inspired Edinson Cavani scored a hat-trick to help SSC Napoli battle back from two goals behind and earn a 3-3 draw that ends FC Utrecht's hopes of advancing from Group K.

The home side had earlier established a 3-1 lead, before Cavani halved the deficit just before half-time. The Uruguayan international's third after 70 minutes earned a point for Napoli who remain tied on four points with Utrecht, two behind second-placed FC Steaua Bucureşti. Napoli will go into their final fixture at home to Steaua knowing victory will take them through.

In a frantic opening, Cavani gave Napoli a fifth-minute lead when he guided the ball beyond Michel Vorm into the top right-hand corner from what seemed an impossible angle. Utrecht hit back immediately through rising star Ricky van Wolfswinkel. The imposing forward showed all his predatory instincts to nip in front of Morgan De Sanctis and score.

The hosts then took the lead when Tim Cornelisse was fouled by Luigi Vitale, Van Wolfswinkel keeping his composure with the ensuing spot kick as he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way. Ten minutes before the break, Utrecht had a third and Cornelisse was once again the catalyst, crossing for an unmarked Frank Demouge to power an unstoppable header past De Sanctis. A pulsating first period culminated with Cavani's second of the match, however. As he attempted to cut inside his marker, the ball fell rather fortuitously to the striker who nevertheless finished with aplomb.

Although Demouge and Edouard Duplan had half-chances early in the second period, Napoli completed their comeback when Alje Schut's foul on Ezequiel Lavezzi resulted in the game's second penalty. Cavani confidently slotted in to complete his hat-trick and Napoli might have taken all three points but defender Emilson Cribari's header rattled a post and Hassan Yebda was foiled by Vorm.

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Lineups

utrecht

Utrecht

napoli

Napoli

1
VormMichel Vorm (GK)
26
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
Yellow Card78
2
CornelisseTim Cornelisse
2
GravaGianluca Grava (C)
Substitution63
3
NeşuMihai Neşu
3
VitaleLuigi Vitale
7
DuplanEdouard Duplan
Substitution84
7
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Goal5
Goal42
Goal70
8
SilberbauerMichael Silberbauer (C)
Substitution64
14
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
Yellow Card34
Substitution84
9
Van WolfswinkelRicky van Wolfswinkel
Goal6
Goal28
Yellow Card75
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
Yellow Card49
11
MertensDries Mertens
18
ZúñigaCamilo Zúñiga
Yellow Card79
Substitution87
12
DemougeFrank Demouge
Goal35
Yellow Card78
21
YebdaHassan Yebda
Yellow Card83
17
SchutAlje Schut
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Yellow Card83
20
LenskyJacob Lensky
Substitution53
23
GarganoWalter Gargano
Yellow Card83
29
WuytensJan Wuytens
25
CribariEmilson Cribari

Substitutes

19
SinouhKhalid Sinouh (GK)
1
IezzoGennaro Iezzo (GK)
10
OarTomas Oar
8
DossenaAndrea Dossena
14
Van der MaarelMark van der Maarel
11
MaggioChristian Maggio
Substitution63
18
MaguireBarry Maguire
Substitution53
12
Nicolao DumitruNicolao Dumitru
Substitution87
22
KellerSander Keller
13
SantacroceFabiano Santacroce
27
NijholtGianluca Nijholt
Substitution64
Yellow Card83
28
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro
Substitution84
47
de KogelLeon de Kogel
Substitution84
91
MaielloRaffaele Maiello

Coach

Ton du Chatinier (NED) Walter Mazzarri (ITA)

Referee

Eduardo Iturralde González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP), Jon Nunez Fernandez (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Javier Estrada (ESP)

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