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November 6, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio San Paolo — Napoli
Referee:‬ S. Karasev‎
Attendance:‬ 39148‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Napoli 3-2 Olympique de Marseille

Gonzalo Higuain was a particular standout for the hosts as the Italians took a step closer to the Last 16 with a victory that eliminated Elie Baup's men

By Mohammed Ali

  • Pepe Reina
    31
    7
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Despite being beaten pretty easily for two goals, Reina produced a performance he'd be content with. Efficient at the back.

  • Federico Fernández
    43
    1
    3.50

    Federico Fernández

    Fared brilliantly up against Jordan Ayew and Mathieu Valbuena, reading the game well to intercept speculative passes, and using his strength to keep Ayew out of the game.

  • Pablo Armero
    22
    24
    2.00

    Pablo Armero

    Poor decision making hindered Armero's successes against Marseille. Sloppy at the back and going forward, too, as highlighted by his late miss.

  • Raúl Albiol
    45
    3
    3.50

    Raúl Albiol

    Like Fernandez, Albiol also excelled against a threatening Marseille attack. Limited their advances towards the end of the first half and the second.

  • Christian Maggio
    26
    8
    2.50

    Christian Maggio

    Didn't have a major impact in this game after being given the runaround by Mathieu Valbuena. Nevertheless, wasn't too bad either.

  • Blerim Dzemaili
    38
    2
    3.50

    Blerim Dzemaili

    Handed a start in midfield and didn't disappoint with a solid, if unassuming game in the middle. Competent on the ball and dictated play well.

  • Gökhan Inler
    57
    4
    4.00

    Gökhan Inler

    The Swiss international was the star in the middle of the pitch with a brilliant performance. Defensively sound, he ensured OM enjoyed very little success with his combative style. Also helped that he scored a brilliant volley in the first half.

  • José Callejón
    70
    5
    3.50

    José Callejón

    The former Madrid winger had a sustained impact against Marseille this evening, winning virtually every duel with Kassim Abdallah. A threat out wide.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    147
    3
    4.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín Top of the Match

    The star of the evening. Scored his first two goals against a French side, and they were both of brilliant quality. Put Marseille to the sword completely tonight.

  • Dries Mertens
    68
    5
    3.50

    Dries Mertens

    The Belgian winger was another that gave OM a defensive headache. Utilised the gaping pockets of space behind the defence to operate in, and teed up Higuain for his second.

  • Goran Pandev
    45
    19
    2.50

    Goran Pandev

    Didn't make as much of an impact as his team-mates, but nevertheless, Pandev fared well, if only, in brief occasions.

Substitutions

  • Marek Hamsik
    43
    4
    3.00

    Marek Hamsik

    Came on towards the end of the game.

  • Valon Behrami
    31
    5

    Valon Behrami

    Came on to waste time.

  • Lorenzo Insigne
    62
    4
    3.50

    Lorenzo Insigne

    Hit the post with his first moment of action and highlighted his qualities despite lack of playing time.

  • Steve Mandanda
    13
    7
    3.00

    Steve Mandanda

    The OM captain made one or two crucial saves to keep Marseille in the game when it mattered most.

  • Kassim Abdallah
    5
    17
    2.00

    Kassim Abdallah Flop of the Match

    The right-back was handed a full Champions League start after injury to Rod Fanni, and he failed to impress. Defensively, he was no match for Napoli.

  • N. N'Koulou
    13
    4
    3.00

    N. N'Koulou

    The highly rated centre-back has been much criticised this season, but tonight, he was a solid performer, frustrating Higuain and co. as best he could. Nevertheless, defensive positioning remains a major issue.

  • Jérémy Morel
    4
    6
    2.50

    Jérémy Morel

    Rather inconsistent tonight, but marginally better compared to previous games, the left-back was a potent threat on the wings, but at the back, suffered a lot more.

  • Souleymane Diawara
    7
    8
    2.50

    Souleymane Diawara

    The veteran defender struggled up against Dries Mertens, being beaten for pace, but improved as the game wore on, especially midway through the second half.

  • Benoît Cheyrou
    5
    7
    2.50

    Benoît Cheyrou

    The experienced Cheyrou was preferred to the youthful and more technical Imbula this evening, but Cheyrou provided a rather industrious game in midfield, with varying levels of success.

  • Florian Thauvin
    30
    3
    4.00

    Florian Thauvin

    The U20 World Cup winner was handed his first CL start this evening, and he starred for OM from first whistle to last. A devastating prospect on the wing, he picked up a goal and assist. Could hold onto starting role.

  • Alaixys Romao
    6
    5
    2.50

    Alaixys Romao

    The Togo midfielder fared decently in the middle of the park, contributing well to OM's short and quick passing manoeuvres. Tired as the game progressed and influence waned.

  • Mathieu Valbuena
    16
    3
    3.00

    Mathieu Valbuena

    The France international was again the creative hub just behind the striker, but saw his influence fluctuate greatly. Gave Christian Maggio a few problems with his trickery.

  • André Ayew
    36
    2
    3.50

    André Ayew

    The elder Ayew brother starred also for OM this evening, highlighting his superb versatility. Functioned all over the midfield, and linked up with his team-mates well.

  • Jordan Ayew
    10
    11
    2.00

    Jordan Ayew

    Jordan Ayew endured a torrid evening up front, having not been afforded a great deal of service. Kept in check by Fernandez and only had intermittent success.

Substitutions

  • Mario Lemina
    5
    2

    Mario Lemina

    Came on late on for Romao.

  • André Pierre Gignac
    8
    4
    2.50

    André Pierre Gignac

    Made very little impact after replacing Jordan Ayew.

  • Dimitri Payet
    9
    3
    3.50

    Dimitri Payet

    Fared well coming off the bench, adding another dimension to the OM team.

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