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3 vs 1
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September 19, 2011 12:15 AM IST
Stadio San Paolo — Napoli
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 58000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Napoli 3-1 AC Milan

Goal.com rates the performances of the players on show as the Serie A champions succumbed to defeat against an Edinson Cavani-inspired San Paolo side

By Jonathan Mitchell

  • Morgan De Sanctis
    30
    3
    3.50

    Morgan De Sanctis

    The Napoli custodian made one hugely important save to deny Aquilani and preserve his side's 2-1 lead with the break approaching. This was a potentially game-changing save, and one which complemented a solid showing.

  • Paolo Cannavaro
    38
    3
    3.00

    Paolo Cannavaro

    The Napoli captain made his 200th appearance for the club and was typically robust at the back, as he expertly marshalled the threat posed by Pato and Cassano.

  • Salvatore Aronica
    24
    4
    3.50

    Salvatore Aronica

    Played on the left of the back three, but was never entirely convincing there as Cassano drifted wide and caused some problems on his side, including crossing for Aquilani's goal.

  • Hugo Campagnaro
    25
    4
    3.50

    Hugo Campagnaro

    After a highly impressive goalscoring performance against Cesena last week, the Argentine defender was offered a different test in Milan which he passed, although it was his poor positioning which presented Aquilani with a 39th minute chance.

  • Andrea Dossena
    18
    11
    3.00

    Andrea Dossena

    Back in the side in place of Zuniga after dropping out for the Champions League trip to Manchester City, but didn't offer Aronica as much protection as he should have and didn't quite pose the attacking threat he usually does.

  • Christian Maggio
    33
    7
    3.50

    Christian Maggio

    The Italy international was perpetual motion down the Napoli right, and defended and attacked impressively in equal measure. Provided an assist for the equaliser by outjumping Silva to win the header.

  • Marek Hamsik
    38
    4
    3.00

    Marek Hamsik

    Scored his side's third and final goal at Cesena last week with a rasping effort, but failed to find top form tonight. Failed to hit the target with a few wild efforts and was replaced by Dzemaili.

  • Walter Gargano
    53
    3
    3.50

    Walter Gargano

    Midfield anchor followed up his stunning shift against Manchester City with another fantastic midfield showing. His energy and industry were typified by a lung-bursting run and assist for Cavani's second.

  • Gökhan Inler
    52
    1
    3.50

    Gökhan Inler

    Provided the perfect foil for Gargano in the centre of midfield. Nicked the ball away from Pato to start move which resulted in Cavani's second.

  • Edinson Cavani
    202
    9
    4.00

    Edinson Cavani Top of the Match

    The Uruguayan was the Napoli hero in midweek, having netted his side's solitary strike in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City, and even managed to eclipse that with a stunningly lethal match-winning hat-trick tonight.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    81
    5
    3.00

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    The diminutive winger had been an injury doubt, but everyone associated with the Naples side will be delighted he wasn't. He was a livewire throughout and it was two of his crosses which eventually resulted in Cavani's first and third goals.

Substitutions

  • Camilo Zúñiga
    19
    3
    3.00

    Camilo Zúñiga

    Made two fantastic goal-saving interceptions in the closing stages.

  • Blerim Dzemaili
    25
    5
    3.00

    Blerim Dzemaili

    Made an impression after coming on, firing a couple of efforts just wide.

  • Goran Pandev
    35
    8
    3.00

    Goran Pandev

    Replaced Lavezzi in closing stages and put Cavani in on goal for a late chance to grab a fourth.

  • Christian Abbiati
    24
    28
    2.50

    Christian Abbiati

    Conceded three goals but could not be faulted for any of them as Cavani's finishing was typically lethal.

  • Alessandro Nesta
    32
    28
    2.50

    Alessandro Nesta Flop of the Match

    The veteran defender was in imperious form in Tuesday's Champions League draw with Barcelona, but wasn't quite so tonight, flicking a poor clearance out to Cavani to thrash home for his hat-trick.

  • Ignazio Abate
    21
    28
    2.50

    Ignazio Abate

    The flying full-back had little influence in an attacking sense, but was never overly troubled by Dossena.

  • Daniele Bonera
    14
    52
    2.50

    Daniele Bonera

    The 30-year-old made his first start of the season at left-back and struggled to cope with Maggio's marauding runs and Lavezzi's presence whenever he drifted out to the right, including when he crossed for the third goal.

  • Thiago Silva
    28
    20
    2.50

    Thiago Silva

    Neither he nor his partner were anywhere near the Napoli dangerman for any of his three goals, while the Brazilian was also embarrassingly outjumped by Maggio for Napoli's equaliser.

  • Mark van Bommel
    23
    28
    2.00

    Mark van Bommel

    The ageing veteran showed all of his 34 years when he allowed Gargano to ghost past his pitiful attempt at a tackle on his way to setting up Cavani for his second.

  • Alberto Aquilani
    71
    16
    3.00

    Alberto Aquilani

    The Liverpool loanee opened the scoring with a fine diving header and went close to making it 2-2 when he burst into the box just before the interval. However, he faded as the game went on, allowing Garagno and Inler to upset his rhythm.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    35
    21
    2.50

    Antonio Nocerino

    Summer signing from Palermo played on the right of Milan's midfield three and attempted to burst beyond the attack, particularly in the early stages.

  • Alexandre Pato
    47
    82
    3.00

    Alexandre Pato

    After his stunning midweek solo goal, scored after just 24 seconds of the Champions League game against Barcelona, the Brazilian looked like a different player, struggling to find the target with any of his efforts on goal in a woefully wasteful night.

  • Antonio Cassano
    39
    33
    2.50

    Antonio Cassano

    Regularly drifted out to a position wide on the right, from where he picked out Aquilani for his goal and, later, Pato, who headed over. Showed flashes of skill but struggled to find anyone to link with.

Substitutions

  • Luca Antonini
    17
    22
    2.50

    Luca Antonini

    Tried to make in impact in his short time on the pitch, but his only real contribution was a weak right-footed drive which rolled wide.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    25
    16
    3.00

    Urby Emanuelson

    Replaced van Bommel in the 66th minute and added energy but not much else.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    49
    16
    3.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Teenager replaced the jaded Aquilani and stung De Sanctis' palms with a low drive in the last minute.

Results
 
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