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Played
February 21, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio San Paolo — Napoli
Referee:‬ Carlos Velasco‎
Attendance:‬ 52495‎
 
Juan Mata 27′
45+2′ Edinson Cavani
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Napoli 3-1 Chelsea

Andre Villas-Boas' team need to score twice at Stamford Bridge in the second-leg to reach the Champions League quarter-finals after Lavezzi inspired the hosts to victory

  • Morgan De Sanctis
    45
    35
    2.50

    Morgan De Sanctis

    Unconvincing when dealing with corners, but he competently dealt with Chelsea's long-range shots in a nauseating show-off style. Could do little to stop Mata's goal.

  • Salvatore Aronica
    58
    13
    3.00

    Salvatore Aronica

    Looked fairly solid in defence for much of the evening, putting in a number of well-timed tackles on Chelsea attackers.

  • Hugo Campagnaro
    50
    16
    3.00

    Hugo Campagnaro

    The most polished centre-back on view, although that was not saying much, with the standard of defending from both teams being pretty poor.

  • Paolo Cannavaro
    39
    31
    2.50

    Paolo Cannavaro

    Provided the most abysmal piece of defending on a night of many rearguard errors as his effort went back over his head and landed perfectly for Mata, who opened the scoring.

  • Christian Maggio
    76
    14
    3.50

    Christian Maggio

    Impressive display down the right for the hosts. He was always a threat with his marauding runs, while he almost gave Napoli a fourth goal as the right-wingback popped up in the penalty area late on.

  • Marek Hamsik
    83
    24
    3.00

    Marek Hamsik

    Very quiet in comparison to deadly duo Cavani and Lavezzi, but his distribution and movement was shrewd before he was subbed late on.

  • Camilo Zúñiga
    45
    14
    3.00

    Camilo Zúñiga

    Energetic display down the left, although he was rarely able to beat his man when he got the ball down.

  • Walter Gargano
    73
    14
    3.00

    Walter Gargano

    Provided the foundations for Napoli's brilliant counter-attacking with a solid midfield display.

  • Gökhan Inler
    93
    13
    3.50

    Gökhan Inler

    The most impressive midfielder on view. Pulled the strings and set up the second goal for Cavani with a lovely cross.

  • Edinson Cavani
    199
    14
    3.50

    Edinson Cavani

    Struck terror into Chelsea's defence every time he was within five yards of the ball as he reinforced his reputation as an outstanding marksman. Shouldered in Napoli's second and provided the assists for Lavezzi's two strikes.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    232
    20
    4.00

    Ezequiel Lavezzi Top of the Match

    Lived up to his billing with an outstanding display of creating and finishing. Brilliantly worked Napoli's first goal and added their third. Caused mayhem with his movement, touch and vision until he was surprisingly withdrawn with 17 minutes left.

Substitutions

  • Blerim Dzemaili
    43
    16
    3.00

    Blerim Dzemaili

    Slowed the game down for Napoli after replacing Lavezzi.

  • Goran Pandev
    42
    14
    3.00

    Goran Pandev

    Replaced Hamsik late on to help Napoli protect their lead.

  • Petr Cech
    97
    61
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    The overworked Czech made a fine early save from Cavani and a string of other smart reflex stops on a night when he was far busier than he would have liked.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    80
    120
    2.00

    Branislav Ivanovic Flop of the Match

    Had the toughest assignment of the night, trying to stop the brilliant Lavezzi. Provided wholehearted commitment but struggled to counter the Argentine and blotted his copybook with his woeful attempt to stop Cavani pouncing for the second shortly before half-time.

  • David Luiz
    52
    176
    2.50

    David Luiz

    His decision-making was highly questionable at times, particularly the bizarre decision not to whack the ball into the stands in the build-up to Napoli's third. Looked uncomfortable throughout.

  • José Bosingwa
    43
    119
    0.00

    José Bosingwa

    Did not spend long enough on the pitch to prove Villas-Boas' team selection was right or wrong. Hobbled off with hamstring injury after 10 minutes.

  • Gary Cahill
    54
    168
    2.00

    Gary Cahill

    Looked a bundle of nerves on his Champions League debut and his attempt to play the off-side trap against Napoli's front three proved wholly inadequate.

  • Ramires
    39
    138
    2.50

    Ramires

    A danger roaming forward but struggled with his defensive duties alongside Meireles. Moved to the right flank for the last 20 minutes.

  • Florent Malouda
    43
    124
    2.50

    Florent Malouda

    Struggled to get involved on the left flank, although there was the odd flash from the Frenchman, but not enough to make a difference.

  • Raúl Meireles
    60
    144
    2.00

    Raúl Meireles

    Completely unsuited to his role tonight as he failed to offer any protection to the defence. His poor display was exemplified by his meek attempt to close down Lavezzi for the equaliser. Subbed with 20 minutes left.

  • Juan Mata
    176
    77
    3.50

    Juan Mata

    Provided the classiest moments for Chelsea in a support striker role and demonstrated his excellent technique with a fine volleyed goal.

  • Didier Drogba
    69
    133
    2.50

    Didier Drogba

    His commitment could not be questioned, but Chelsea's tactics did not get the best out of the Ivorian, who had needed to receive the ball quicker than he did.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    58
    143
    3.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    Provided industry and flair on the right flank, although he played with his head down too often and was guilty of being a little selfish.

Substitutions

  • Ashley Cole
    65
    102
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Surprisingly overlooked for a starting place despite being fit. He looked slugglish, but made a brilliant goal-line clearance late on.

  • Frank Lampard
    44
    116
    2.50

    Frank Lampard

    Saw little of the ball after being charged with finding a late goal and did not get the opportunity that he thrives upon.

  • Michael Essien
    85
    88
    3.00

    Michael Essien

    Bizarrely did not start the game and brought drive to the midfield when he was introduced without stemming the brilliant Napoli counter-attacks.

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