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Played
March 1, 2013 2:45 PM EST
Stadio San Paolo — Napoli
Referee:‬ D. Orsato‎
Attendance:‬ 60000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Napoli 1-1 Juventus

Goal.com evaluates the performances of everyone involved at the San Paolo, as Gokhan Inler's deflected strike earns the home side a draw which keeps its title hopes alive

By Mark Doyle

  • Morgan De Sanctis
    16
    11
    3.00

    Morgan De Sanctis

    Given no chance by Chiellini for the opener but kept his side in the game by coming out on top in a pivotal one-on-one with Vucinic. Also did well to parry a searing strike from Vucinic away to safety.

  • Miguel Angel Britos
    7
    17
    2.00

    Miguel Angel Britos Flop of the Match

    Drafted into the defence in place of Alessandro Gamberini and was caught out badly for the game's opening goal, allowing Chiellini to get the jump on him. Involved in a sickening collision with Inler not long after so it was only wise that Mazzarri removed him at the break.

  • Hugo Campagnaro
    11
    13
    3.00

    Hugo Campagnaro

    Did not put a foot wrong at the back for the Partenopei and was also never afraid to step out of defense.

  • Paolo Cannavaro
    11
    12
    3.00

    Paolo Cannavaro

    A disciplined defensive display, save one reckless lunge on Lichsteiner that earned him a booking.

  • Christian Maggio
    12
    13
    3.00

    Christian Maggio

    Pegged Peluso back inside his own half and caused problems every time he got in behind. Indeed, he whipped over one sublime cross that an in-form Cavani would have done better with.

  • Marek Hamsik
    30
    9
    3.50

    Marek Hamsik

    A threat right from the off, even if his first two strikes on goal were dreadfully wayward. Fared much better with a low drive at the start of the second half that Buffon did well to push around the post. It was another Hamsik strike that resulted in the rebound that Insigne really should have buried. Overall, Napoli's best attacker.

  • Camilo Zúñiga
    13
    10
    3.00

    Camilo Zúñiga

    Did a fine job keeping Lichsteiner reasonably quiet. Attacked when he could, too, even occasionally popping up in central attacking positions.

  • Valon Behrami
    13
    13
    3.50

    Valon Behrami

    Not quite as eye-catching as Inler in the Napoli engine room but played a key role in upsetting Juve's much-vaunted midfield trio. Passing was crisp and accurate, releasing Hamsik into space in the lead up to the Insigne chance with one particularly nice ball.

  • Gökhan Inler
    18
    11
    3.50

    Gökhan Inler

    Flirted with disaster by bundling Lichsteiner off the ball in the area but offered Napoli plenty of drive and determination in the middle of the park and his industry was rewarded with a fortuitous deflection off the head off Bonucci just before the break. Continued to cause problems with his powerful runs from midfield throughout the second half.

  • Edinson Cavani
    8
    24
    2.50

    Edinson Cavani

    Another outing without a goal for the Uruguayan, whose obvious frustration at being marked out of the game manifested itself in a quite brutal forearm smash into the face of Chiellini. Incredibly lucky to have stayed on the field and it would have felt wrong if he'd decided the game in Napoli's favor by heading home Maggio's cross late on.

  • Goran Pandev
    9
    20
    2.50

    Goran Pandev

    Got the nod ahead of Insigne and started well, barging his way past Chiellini inside the opening 15 seconds to set up a chance for Hamsik. However, he was a passenger for the remainder of his time on the field.

Substitutions

  • Pablo Armero
    6
    12

    Pablo Armero

    Thrown in place of a shattered Inler with just over five minutes to go.

  • Blerim Dzemaili
    6
    14
    2.50

    Blerim Dzemaili

    Came on for the dazed and confused Britos during the interval but did not make much of an impact.

  • Lorenzo Insigne
    10
    12
    3.00

    Lorenzo Insigne

    Replaced the ineffective Pandev midway through the second half and offered a far greater attacking threat. Still, he really should have scored when Buffon parried the ball into his path.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    45
    5
    3.50

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Had actually had very little to do before being cruelly beaten by Inler's deflected shot from distance. However, he made three fine stops during what was a far busier second half for the Bianconeri defense

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    49
    7
    3.50

    Giorgio Chiellini

    What a game! A fitness doubt beforehand, Chiellini looked a little vulnerable early on, getting out-muscled by Pandev just seconds after the kickoff. But he quickly got himself back up to speed and made a crucial sliding tackle to cut out Hamsike's through-ball for Cavani. His goal, meanwhile, was wonderfully taken.

  • Federico Peluso
    25
    12
    2.50

    Federico Peluso

    Did not offer anything like the same attacking thrust as Lichsteiner on the opposite flank but still managed a couple of rampaging runs. However, struggled at times to get to grips with Maggio and was also booked for a stupid foul on the edge of his own area.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    34
    7
    3.50

    Andrea Barzagli

    Distribution was a tad erratic at times but did a fine job in ensuring that Napoli got nothing going down their left-hand side. Indeed, was coolness personified throughout, as exemplified by the way in which he dealt with an awkward cross from the right while under pressure from Cavani.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    22
    16
    3.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Played the pass of the game, splitting the Napoli defense with a stunning ball from deep inside his own half which really should have ended with Vucinic scoring Juve's second. From a defensive perspective, kept Cavani very quiet.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    25
    13
    2.50

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Did not do anywhere near as much damage down the right wing as he usually does, primarily due to the presence of Zuniga. His crossing was particularly poor.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    18
    17
    3.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    Did not carry the same attacking threat as per usual, but worked tirelessly. Indeed, his performance was best summed up by the way in which he raced back to regain possession for his side in midfield after being caught offside in the Napoli area seconds before.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    50
    11
    4.00

    Andrea Pirlo Top of the Match

    The veteran playmaker had already set about supressing Napoli's bright start when he crossed for Chiellini to break the deadlock. Continued to dictate the tempo thereafter, even during what was a far more uncomfortable second period for Juve.

  • Arturo Vidal
    29
    12
    3.00

    Arturo Vidal

    Put in some terrific tackles and also broke forward supremely well, creating two wonderful chances for Vucinic. However, faded after the break.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    10
    40
    3.00

    Mirko Vučinić

    Dropped deep to good effect at times early on, holding the ball up well and creating time and space for others with characteristically deft lay-offs. However, his finishing continues to let him down, with the Montenegrin wasting a glorious chance to double Juve's lead midway through the first half.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    27
    17
    2.50

    Sebastian Giovinco

    Fired a shot straight down De Sanctis' throat some seven minutes but rarely threatened thereafter. Created openings for Vucinic and also worked hard defensively, doing enough to put off Hamsik when the Slovak was shaping to shoot in the area. But then, that's not what he's picked for.

Substitutions

  • Paul Pogba
    21
    17

    Paul Pogba

    Replaced Vucinic for the last few minutes as Juventus looked to shore things up in midfield.

  • Simone Padoin
    20
    14

    Simone Padoin

    Introduced in place of Marchisio in the dying seconds.

  • Alessandro Matri
    29
    14
    3.00

    Alessandro Matri

    Took over up top from Giovinco for the final 15 minutes and looked more lively than the man he had replaced.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0