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October 22, 2013 7:45 PM WAT
Stade Vélodrome — Marseille
Referee:‬ C. Çakιr‎
Attendance:‬ 39790‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Marseille 1-2 Napoli

Rafa Benitez's side moved level with the top two in Group F with a hard-fought victory thanks to goals from Jose Callejon and substitute Duvan Zapata at the Stade Velodrome

By Ryan Bailey

  • Steve Mandanda
    1
    1
    2.50

    Steve Mandanda

    Pulled off a fantastic save in the first minute and was kept busy thereafter but could do little about either goal, with his defence providing little support.

  • N. N'Koulou
    1
    1
    2.50

    N. N'Koulou

    The young centre-back showed plenty of heart and determination but struggled to deal with the movement and indeed know-how of the potent Napoli attack. Tired as the game wore on.

  • Jérémy Morel
    0
    1
    2.50

    Jérémy Morel

    Provided more of an attacking threat than doing his defensively duties as was found wanting on several occasions.

  • Souleymane Diawara
    2
    1
    2.50

    Souleymane Diawara

    Displayed all his experience but was regularly caught out of position and was forced to commit some rash challenges as a result.

  • Rod Fanni
    0
    1
    1.50

    Rod Fanni Flop of the Match

    Another forgettable outing for the right-back who was outrun by Mertens and whenever he drifted forward, booted aimless balls into the box. Caught out for Callejon's goal and replaced early in second-half.

  • Benoît Cheyrou
    1
    1
    2.50

    Benoît Cheyrou

    Cut a frustrated figure in midfield as he got little change from his counterparts. Tried his best to get hold of the ball and take the game by the scruff of the neck but received little support. Failed to test Reina with several long-range efforts.

  • Alaixys Romao
    0
    1
    2.00

    Alaixys Romao

    Spent his time chasing shadows and attempting to win the ball back with little reward. A hearty display but could do little to stem the flow.

  • Mathieu Valbuena
    4
    1
    2.50

    Mathieu Valbuena

    The stand-out player in a white shirt by some distance. Provided a constant threat where ever he drifted and had several attempts on goal.

  • André Pierre Gignac
    1
    1
    2.00

    André Pierre Gignac

    Frustrating game for the big centre-forward who was often left isolated during Napoli's periods of domination and couldn't hold possession up with the attention of Albiol.

  • André Ayew
    4
    1
    3.50

    André Ayew

    Occasionally threatened in the first half with his admirable ability to drive forward with the ball. Gave his side a lifeline with a moment of brilliance.

  • Dimitri Payet
    0
    2
    2.00

    Dimitri Payet

    Played with a lot of energy, but little idea of how to channel it in an effective manner, as he wasted several promising positions.

Substitutions

  • Kassim Abdallah
    2
    1
    2.50

    Kassim Abdallah

    Sprung from the bench just after the break but didn't do any better than the man he replaced.

  • Florian Thauvin
    0
    1
    3.00

    Florian Thauvin

    Did well when he was brought on but lacked quality in the final third.

  • Jordan Ayew
    1
    1
    2.50

    Jordan Ayew

    Brought on with 15 minutes remaining in desperate search of a lifeline. Provided much needed energy, but couldn't make a positive impact. Booked for a careless elbow.

  • Pepe Reina
    10
    1
    3.50

    Pepe Reina

    Hardly called into action by the hosts as his defence. Could do little about Ayew's late goal.

  • Federico Fernández
    14
    0
    3.50

    Federico Fernández

    Given the nod at centre-back in France and justified his inclusion with a largely solid and commanding display. The Argentine youngster made several important blocks to thwart any potential danger.

  • Pablo Armero
    17
    2
    3.50

    Pablo Armero

    Another one who was handed his first Champions League start of the season. The left-back spent more time in the opposition half than he did in his own as Napoli exerted considerable pressure from the first whistle.

  • Raúl Albiol
    13
    1
    3.00

    Raúl Albiol

    Cut a calm and composed figure who was hardly troubled by the anonymous Gignac. However, his lack of pace and mobility was often exposed which forced his team-mates to cover.

  • Christian Maggio
    10
    3
    3.00

    Christian Maggio

    The Italian right-back tirelessly worked down the flank, giving Callejon able support, but his end product often lacked quality.

  • Marek Hamsik
    23
    2
    4.00

    Marek Hamsik

    Another dominant performance from the flamboyant skipper. Was central to all of Napoli's good work and used possession effectively on every occasion he received it.

  • Valon Behrami
    17
    1
    4.00

    Valon Behrami

    Sat in front of the back four with great effect. Provided a considerable shield, not allowing the hosts any time or space to operate in the final third. Used possession well throughout when on the ball.

  • Gökhan Inler
    11
    1
    4.00

    Gökhan Inler

    Often plays a supporting act to Hamsik in the central area but the Swiss international took control of proceedings and set the tempo with some accurate passing and dangerous runs from the outset. Also broke up any Marseille attacks.

  • José Callejón
    30
    5
    4.00

    José Callejón Top of the Match

    Grew in stature as the game wore on and took his goal expertly just before the break. His speed and trickery was too hot to handle for Morel.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    26
    3
    3.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Nowhere near his best, but showed glimpses of why Napoli paid more than €30 million for his services. Produced a beautiful long ball for the opening and pivotal goal. Replaced on the hour mark.

  • Dries Mertens
    26
    2
    4.00

    Dries Mertens

    The Belgian winger was making his first start in the Champions League but looked right at home from the outset, proving to be a constant threat with his direct and incisive approach. Produced a lovely touch to tee up Zapata for the second.

Substitutions

  • Giandomenico Mesto
    9
    1
    3.00

    Giandomenico Mesto

    Brought on to tighten things up but struggled to adapt to the pace of the game in the last 10 minutes.

  • Lorenzo Insigne
    15
    3
    3.50

    Lorenzo Insigne

    Worked hard for the last few minutes when introduced.

  • Duván Zapata
    23
    1
    4.00

    Duván Zapata

    Took only a couple of minutes to make his mark after coming on with a stunning goal to seal the victory. The substitute planted a beautiful dipping shot over Mandanda from outside the area after a brisk counter-attack.

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