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Napoli pull the plug on Swansea

Published: Thursday 27 February 2014, 21.01CET
SSC Napoli 3-1 Swansea City AFC (agg: 3-1)
Strikes from Gonzalo Higuaín and Gökhan Inler broke Welsh hearts late on, with FC Porto up next for Rafael Benítez's side.
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Published: Thursday 27 February 2014, 21.01CET

Napoli pull the plug on Swansea

SSC Napoli 3-1 Swansea City AFC (agg: 3-1)
Strikes from Gonzalo Higuaín and Gökhan Inler broke Welsh hearts late on, with FC Porto up next for Rafael Benítez's side.

SSC Napoli reached the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League for the first time thanks to a dramatic 3-1 round of 32 second-leg victory over Swansea City AFC in Naples.

Lorenzo Insigne gave the hosts the lead, but Swansea were good value for their Jonathan De Guzmán equaliser. It looked like they were going to go through on away goals, and without winning any of their last six European matches, until Gonzalo Higuaín and Gökhan Inler scored late on to maintain Napoli's 100% home record in Europe this season.

Not afraid to preserve possession and take the game to Napoli, Swansea made themselves feel at home before an incisive Napoli struck with their first opportunity, Higuaín flicking a header over the top for Insigne who lobbed Michel Vorm.

Raúl Albiol had earlier come to Napoli's rescue, clearing Marvin Emnes's effort off the line, and Swansea still posed the greater threat, making the one-goal lead appear particularly precarious. So it proved when Wilfried Bony threaded a ball through to De Guzmán, whose composed left-foot finish squirmed under the left arm of Pepe Reina, powerless to prevent the away goal.

Swansea continued to carve out chances, Pablo Hernández firing wide and Bony finding only Reina, who was also quick off his line to clear ahead of Wayne Routledge as the Premier League team asked all the questions.

De Guzmán fizzed in an attempt from the right wing which tested Reina while Hernández was allowed the run of the field before his strike was deflected behind. There were still no answers from Napoli.

The Serie A outfit inevitably committed men forward and they were almost caught out at the back when Bony placed his header too close to Reina. It was a let-off for the hosts, who took full advantage when Dries Mertens's cross was not cleared by the Swansea rearguard and the ball fell for Higuaín to lash in their second.

Reina tipped Dwight Tiendalli's header over in a dramatic finale before Higuaín spurned the opportunity to ease the home fans' nerves on the counterattack. Inler obliged with practically the last kick of the match, placing the ball past Vorm from Marek Hamšík's pass to set up a last-16 tie with FC Porto.

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Lineups

napoli

Napoli

swansea

Swansea

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
1
VormMichel Vorm (GK)
4
HenriqueHenrique
4
ChicoChico
Yellow Card54
7
CallejónJosé Callejón
Substitution84
6
A. WilliamsAshley Williams (C)
9
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Goal78
10
BonyWilfried Bony
11
MaggioChristian Maggio (C)
11
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
19
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution59
15
RoutledgeWayne Routledge
Substitution62
24
InsigneLorenzo Insigne
Goal17
Substitution68
19
TiendalliDwight Tiendalli
31
GhoulamFaouzi Ghoulam
20
De GuzmánJonathan De Guzmán
Goal30
Substitution82
33
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
21
CañasJosé Cañas
Yellow Card47
85
BehramiValon Behrami
33
DaviesBen Davies
88
InlerGökhan Inler
Yellow Card85
Goal90+3
57
EmnesMarvin Emnes
Substitution70

Substitutes

15
ColomboRoberto Colombo (GK)
25
TremmelGerhard Tremmel (GK)
2
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
2
AmatJordi Amat
5
BritosMiguel Britos
Substitution84
3
N. TaylorNeil Taylor
Substitution70
Yellow Card90+1
14
MertensDries Mertens
Substitution68
12
DyerNathan Dyer
Substitution62
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
Substitution59
22
RangelÀngel Rangel
20
DzemailiBlerim Dzemaili
24
PozueloAlejandro Pozuelo
Substitution82
91
ZapataDuván Zapata
54
NgogDavid Ngog

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Garry Monk (ENG)

Referee

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

Assistant referees

Octavian Șovre (ROU), Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)

Fourth official

Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Sebastian Colţescu (ROU), István Kovács (ROU)

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