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Porto eke out narrow Napoli win

Published: Thursday 13 March 2014, 21.05CET
FC Porto 1-0 SSC Napoli
Jackson Martínez's deflected shot beat Pepe Reina on 57 minutes, but Napoli will not be disheartened by the manner of their defeat.
Porto eke out narrow Napoli win
Jackson Martínez after putting Porto in front against Napoli ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

PortoNapoli

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts13
 
8
on target5
 
4
off target7
 
2
blocked1
 
2
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners11
 
4
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
17
Fouls suffered16
 
17

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Published: Thursday 13 March 2014, 21.05CET

Porto eke out narrow Napoli win

FC Porto 1-0 SSC Napoli
Jackson Martínez's deflected shot beat Pepe Reina on 57 minutes, but Napoli will not be disheartened by the manner of their defeat.

Jackson Martínez's 57th-minute strike edged FC Porto in front in their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie against SSC Napoli, but Rafael Benítez's side will fancy their chances of turning the tide in Italy.

The Colombia forward seized on a loose ball following a Ricardo Quaresma corner, and fired in an angled effort that beat Pepe Reina with the help of a touch off Raúl Albiol. However, Napoli had their chances, and with Porto having lost three of their four games on Italian soil since the turn of the millennium, there should be intrigue aplenty in the return fixture next week.

With so much at stake, neither team showed their hand in the early stages, though Porto might have been comfortably ahead by the interval had luck gone their way. Pepe Reina threw out a hand to make an instinctive save on 12 minutes after a cross from the right fell at Martínez's feet barely five metres out. Luís Castro's side then had a Carlos Eduardo attempt ruled out for offside after pulling the Napoli defence out of shape.

The second half was a free-for-all by comparison. Reina was at full stretch to fend off Fernando's bending drive within three minutes of the restart, before Helton – through a combination of luck and judgement – managed to keep out two Gonzalo Higuaín shots and a downward header from Albiol. However, the action swiftly switched ends, and Martínez promptly made the breakthrough.

It could have been worse for Napoli as the pace picked up again towards the end. Miguel Britos put in a heroic challenge to protect his goal with Reina off balance eight minutes from time, but his attempted clearance ricocheted back off Porto's Juan Quintero, the ball bouncing against the upright before the visitors smuggled it away from danger.

Last updated: 15/03/14 0.01CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

napoli

Napoli

1
HeltonHelton (GK) (C)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
2
DaniloDanilo
2
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
Yellow Card59
4
MaiconMaicon
4
HenriqueHenrique
7
Ricardo QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
5
BritosMiguel Britos
9
MartínezJackson Martínez
Goal57
7
CallejónJosé Callejón
Substitution79
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution72
9
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Substitution83
20
Carlos EduardoCarlos Eduardo
Substitution67
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík (C)
Substitution74
22
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
24
InsigneLorenzo Insigne
25
FernandoFernando
31
GhoulamFaouzi Ghoulam
26
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
Yellow Card70
33
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
35
DefourSteven Defour
Substitution87
85
BehramiValon Behrami
Yellow Card71

Substitutes

24
FabianoFabiano (GK)
15
ColomboRoberto Colombo (GK)
10
QuinteroJuan Quintero
Substitution67
14
MertensDries Mertens
Substitution74
11
GhilasNabil Ghilas
Substitution72
19
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution79
13
ReyesDiego Reyes
20
DzemailiBlerim Dzemaili
16
HerreraHector Herrera
Substitution87
21
FernándezFederico Fernández
19
LicáLicá
88
InlerGökhan Inler
21
RicardoRicardo
91
ZapataDuván Zapata
Substitution83

Coach

Luís Castro (POR) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Roman Slyško (SVK), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Antonin Kordula (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Radek Příhoda (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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