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Napoli and Villarreal draw blank in Italy

Published: Thursday 17 February 2011, 20.59CET
SSC Napoli 0-0 Villarreal CF
The Serie A high-fliers' hopes of building a first-leg lead amounted to nothing, Salvatore Aronica's late dismissal compounding their misery.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio San Paolo

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Match statistics

NapoliVillarreal

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners5
 
1
Offsides8
 
1
Fouls committed20
 
15
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 February 2011, 20.59CET

Napoli and Villarreal draw blank in Italy

SSC Napoli 0-0 Villarreal CF
The Serie A high-fliers' hopes of building a first-leg lead amounted to nothing, Salvatore Aronica's late dismissal compounding their misery.

SSC Napoli and Villarreal CF will meet again on 24 February on even terms after sharing a goalless draw.

There was little to choose between the two sides in a cautious UEFA Europa League round of 32 encounter which was only occasionally enlightened by the skilful Ezequiel Lavezzi, who came closest to scoring in the second half.

Having struck just twice in their last four European home matches the result will have come as little surprise to the Naples crowd. Other than Hugo Campagnaro's long-range effort on 14 minutes, and a presentable chance at the other end for Nilmar moments later, when the Brazilian scuffed his shot after being played through by Giuseppe Rossi, the two sides struggled to create openings before the interval.

It was an intriguing clash of styles, nonetheless, Andrea Dossena and Christian Maggio frequently spraying long, diagonal balls to the opposite flank in the hope of servicing Edinson Cavani, while the visitors adopted a more intricate passing style. The Partenopei did occasionally try a different ploy, the impressive Lavezzi twice playing in Cavani with cunning passes straight through the heart of Villarreal's defence.

Proceedings picked up after 70 minutes when a wonderful quick passing move involving Nilmar and Rossi gave Borja Valero a chance which he blazed wide. It spurred Walter Mazzarri's men to life. Another attack ensued, Lavezzi haring on to Maggio's searching pass but though he beat the advancing Diego López, his lob landed on top of the net.

With a minute remaining, Villarreal threatened briefly, Valero warming Morgan De Sanctis's palms with a fierce shot, before Salvatore Aronica earned his second yellow card of the evening for a foul on Nilmar which will rule the defender out of the return leg in Spain.

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Lineups

napoli

Napoli

villarreal

Villarreal

26
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
6
AronicaSalvatore Aronica
Yellow Card64
Red Card90+5
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
Yellow Card36
7
CavaniEdinson Cavani
4
MusacchioMateo Musacchio
8
DossenaAndrea Dossena
Yellow Card47
7
NilmarNilmar
9
MascaraGiuseppe Mascara
Substitution61
8
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution87
11
MaggioChristian Maggio
11
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
Yellow Card29
14
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
19
SennaMarcos Senna (C)
Substitution61
21
YebdaHassan Yebda
Substitution68
20
Borja ValeroBorja Valero
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
23
GarganoWalter Gargano (C)
Substitution78
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Substitution77
25
CribariEmilson Cribari
Yellow Card90+2
27
Mario GasparMario Gaspar

Substitutes

1
IezzoGennaro Iezzo (GK)
35
MariñoDiego Mariño (GK)
4
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Substitution61
Yellow Card89
5
PazienzaMichele Pazienza
Substitution68
9
Marco RubenMarco Ruben
Substitution77
13
SantacroceFabiano Santacroce
10
CaniCani
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
Substitution61
15
CataláJosé Catalá
Substitution87
18
ZúñigaCamilo Zúñiga
24
CicinhoCicinho
77
SosaJosé Sosa
Substitution78
32
GullónMarcos Gullón

Coach

Walter Mazzarri (ITA) Juan Carlos Garrido (ESP)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Darren Cann (ENG)

Fourth official

Mike Dean (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Michael Jones (ENG), Anthony Taylor (ENG)

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