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February 27, 2014 1:00 PM EST
Stadio San Paolo — Napoli
Referee:‬ O. Hațegan‎
Attendance:‬ 31121‎
 
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Napoli 3-1 Swansea City (3-1 agg): Higuain and Inler break Swans hearts

Jonathan De Guzman cancelled out Lorenzo Insigne's opener to put the Welsh side ahead on away goals but the prolific Argentine and the Swiss struck late on.

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Gonzalo Higuain scored a late winner at San Paolo to break Swansea City and send Napoli through to the last 16 of the Europa League with a 3-1 win.

After a goalless first leg at the Liberty Stadium, Lorenzo Insigne lofted the ball over Michel Vorm on 16 minutes before Jonathan de Guzman leveled to put the Welsh side ahead on away goals.

But Higuain capitalized on a defensive mix-up to hammer in the winner for the hosts on 78 minutes and bring an end to Swansea's first ever European campaign before Gokhan Inler struck a third at the death.

Victory means Benitez, who won the tournament last year while in charge of Chelsea, remains on course to defend his title.

Marvin Emnes, one of three Swansea changes to the starting XI from the home leg, had the first sight of goal in the 11th minute, but, after being played in by Pablo Hernandez, the Dutchman saw his chipped effort over Reina cleared from just in front of the goalline by Raul Albiol.

The hosts should have broken the deadlock four minutes later, but Higuain blazed over from 10 yards after linking up with Goran Pandev.

Swansea failed to heed the warning in the 17th minute, as Insigne broke the offside trap before lofting his finish over Vorm and into the net.

The Swansea defense was in disarray, Higuain flashing an effort a yard wide with the visitors apparently still reeling from falling behind.

The Premier League side recovered its composure, however, and was level on the half-hour mark.

A slick passing move resulted in the ball being fed into Wilfried Bony and his clever flick was picked up by De Guzman, who fired left-footed beyond Reina to provoke jeers from the home crowd.

The goal gave Swansea added confidence and it enjoyed long spells of possession, Bony cutting inside Henrique before testing Reina as the half drew to a close.

Midway through the second half, Insigne broke through only to see his effort blocked by Chico Flores, before Bony wasted a glorious chance when he headed Hernandez's cross straight into the arms of Reina.

Swansea hearts were broken on 78 minutes when the ball bounced off both Flores and Davies and landed perfectly for Higuain, who made no mistake from 10 yards.

With almost the last kick of the game and with Swansea completely exposed, substitute Marek Hamsik fed Inler, who beat Vorm to seal the win and set up a tie with Porto in the next round.


Napoli

25
Pepe Reina
Goalkeeper
3.50
-
Henrique
Defender
2.00
13
Faouzi Ghoulam
Defender
2.50
33
Raúl Albiol
Defender
2.00
11
Christian Maggio
Midfielder
2.00
85
Valon Behrami
Midfielder
2.50
88
Gökhan Inler
Midfielder
85′ 93′
3.00
7
2.50
9
4.00
19
Goran Pandev
Striker
59′
3.00
24
Lorenzo Insigne
Midfielder
17′ 68′
3.50

Swansea City

2.50
1
Michel Vorm
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
Chico
Defender
54′
3.00
6
3.50
21
1.50
33
Ben Davies
Defender
3.50
11
3.00
15
3.50
20
3.00
21
3.50
10
2.50
57
Marvin Emnes
Midfielder
70′

Substitutes

15
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13
 - 
5
 - 
17
Marek Hamsik
Midfielder
59′ 93′
3.50
20
 - 
14
2.50
91
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
25
 - 
2
Jordi Amat
Defender
2.50
3
Neil Taylor
Defender
70′ 91′
 - 
22
2.50
12
Nathan Dyer
Midfielder
62′
 - 
24
Pozuelo
Midfielder
82′
 - 
54
David Ngog
Striker

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