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Villarreal comeback flattens Napoli

Published: Thursday 24 February 2011, 22.58CET
Villarreal CF 2-1 SSC Napoli (agg: 2-1)
The Yellow Submarine came from a goal down to win the match and the tie thanks to goals from Nilmar and Giuseppe Rossi.
by Graham Hunter
from El Madrigal

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Match statistics

VillarrealNapoli

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners1
 
8
Offsides0
1
Fouls committed10
 
19
Yellow cards4
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 24 February 2011, 22.58CET

Villarreal comeback flattens Napoli

Villarreal CF 2-1 SSC Napoli (agg: 2-1)
The Yellow Submarine came from a goal down to win the match and the tie thanks to goals from Nilmar and Giuseppe Rossi.

A performance of bravery allied to goals from the strike pairing of Giuseppe Rossi and Nilmar edged Villarreal CF past a stubborn SSC Napoli side 2-1 on the night and on aggregate.

Walter Mazzarri's team had led through Marek Hamšík and struck the woodwork twice in the second half but the Yellow Submarine progressed to face Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the round of 16.

Ezequiel Lavezzi twice gave warning of the opening goal before he actually created it. The Argentina international shot both wide and high when Villarreal's defence left him unmarked in quick succession but his 18th-minute cross was precision itself. Hamšík timed his run to dive and nod the ball past the stranded Diego López.

Given that Villarreal had only registered two goals in five previous matches and Napoli were controlling possession, the picture looked grim for Juan Carlos Garrido's side. However, four straight wins and an 11-1 goal aggregate at home in the UEFA Europa League this season proved more apposite.

Even when it was requiring last-ditch interceptions to stem the tide of light-blue attacks, Santi Cazorla, Borja Valero and Cani worked Villarreal back into the game. Borja struck a powerful shot just wide and Cani glanced a header into the arms of Morgan De Sanctis.

Suddenly the flow of confidence became the glow of success. Three minutes before the break Borja threaded a cute pass towards the overlapping Nilmar who scored across De Sanctis. Then in additional first-half time Nilmar foraged, won the ball superbly and fed Borja. For the second time the Spanish international passed with vision and Rossi's goal-bound shot deflected over the custodian.

Napoli's response was admirable, substitute Edinson Cavani performing heroically, hitting the post with a fearsome shot and generally causing havoc. Lavezzi also struck the frame of the goal, direct from a 76th-minute corner but to no avail.

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Lineups

villarreal

Villarreal

napoli

Napoli

13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
26
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
Yellow Card45+2
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez (C)
4
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
Yellow Card52
4
MusacchioMateo Musacchio
Yellow Card41
8
DossenaAndrea Dossena
7
NilmarNilmar
Goal42
Yellow Card74
14
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
Yellow Card61
8
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Yellow Card60
Substitution78
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík (C)
Goal18
Yellow Card76
10
CaniCani
Substitution81
18
ZúñigaCamilo Zúñiga
11
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
Yellow Card65
21
YebdaHassan Yebda
Yellow Card45+2
Substitution64
20
Borja ValeroBorja Valero
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
23
GarganoWalter Gargano
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Goal45+1
Substitution89
25
CribariEmilson Cribari
Substitution82
27
Mario GasparMario Gaspar
77
SosaJosé Sosa
Substitution53

Substitutes

25
Juan CarlosJuan Carlos (GK)
1
IezzoGennaro Iezzo (GK)
9
Marco RubenMarco Ruben
Substitution89
5
PazienzaMichele Pazienza
Substitution64
15
CataláJosé Catalá
Substitution78
7
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Substitution53
24
CicinhoCicinho
9
MascaraGiuseppe Mascara
Substitution82
26
KikoKiko
11
MaggioChristian Maggio
32
GullónMarcos Gullón
Substitution81
13
SantacroceFabiano Santacroce
43
WakasoMubarak Wakaso
28
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro

Coach

Juan Carlos Garrido (ESP) Walter Mazzarri (ITA)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Süleyman Abay (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)

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