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April 17, 2011 7:45 PM BST
Stadio San Paolo — Napoli
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 65000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Napoli 1-2 Udinese

Goal.com rates the players on show in Udinese's shock 2-1 victory over Serie A title hopefuls Napoli

By Jonathan Mitchell

  • Morgan De Sanctis
    7
    7
    3.00

    Morgan De Sanctis

    Made a superb early save to thwart German Denis but could do absolutely nothing to stop either goal.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    5
    7
    2.50

    Víctor Ruiz

    The Spanish defender played on the left of the back three and despite a decent start, was insecure in the second half. Particularly when he gave Denis too much space to rifle home the second.

  • Paolo Cannavaro
    6
    12
    2.50

    Paolo Cannavaro Flop of the Match

    Uncharacteristically sloppy at the back as he demonstrated poor decision making on more than one occasion. He was too slow to charge down Inler on his goal, also out of position and missing the ball to allow Armero in behind to cross for Denis to score.

  • Hugo Campagnaro
    9
    5
    3.00

    Hugo Campagnaro

    The best of the Napoli back three, was solid without being spectacular.

  • Andrea Dossena
    6
    7
    2.50

    Andrea Dossena

    Had a quiet game on the left as Benatia and Cuadrado worked to limit his contribution. Did whip over the cross from which Maggio headed against the crossbar.

  • Hassan Yebda
    6
    5
    2.50

    Hassan Yebda

    Was determined to get involved and tried his best to get on the ball in the first-half, while breaking beyond the forwards to contribute in an attacking sense. Overall though, he didn't have much of an impact in the end.

  • Michele Pazienza
    8
    7
    2.50

    Michele Pazienza

    Made a bright start, switching play with some raking passes, but quickly faded and was unsurprisingly replaced with Gargano in the second half.

  • Christian Maggio
    7
    4
    3.00

    Christian Maggio

    Crashed a header against the face of the crossbar and offered his usual 100 per cent commitment, but wasn't as effective as he can be on the right.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    7
    11
    2.50

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    Showed little flashes of inspiration but certainly wasn't at his best and struggled to break down Udinese's stubborn resistance.

  • Edinson Cavani
    14
    11
    2.00

    Edinson Cavani

    The Uruguayan looked threatening in the first half, going close with a couple of efforts, but his night ended miserably as he missed a late penalty and swiped at a great chance in the final minutes.

  • Marek Hamsik
    14
    8
    2.50

    Marek Hamsik

    Like the other members of the Napoli front three, he had an off evening, and despite one clever angled pass which released Cavani, he offered little in terms of quality.

Substitutions

  • Walter Gargano
    5
    4
    2.50

    Walter Gargano

    Replaced Pazienza and went close with a long-range effort.

  • Cristiano Lucarelli
    7
    3
    0.00

    Cristiano Lucarelli

    Won a late penalty after Domizzi hauled him to the ground inside the box.

  • Giuseppe Mascara
    15
    3
    3.00

    Giuseppe Mascara

    Came on for Yebda in the 67th minute and scored a late goal with a well-taken volley, but it was too little, too late.

  • Samir Handanoviç
    46
    1
    3.50

    Samir Handanoviç

    Made a superb save to deny Lavezzi at a key moment just before half-time and dived to his left to foil Cavani as he attempted to score a late penalty.

  • Giovanni Pasquale
    16
    1
    3.00

    Giovanni Pasquale

    Can claim an assist as it was he who strode forward and passed to Inler to score. Worked hard all night and defended resolutely down the left.

  • Cristian Zapata
    17
    1
    3.50

    Cristian Zapata

    Was a rock at the heart of the Udinese four-man defence, particularly in the closing stages.

  • Mehdi Benatia
    17
    1
    3.50

    Mehdi Benatia

    Moroccan right-back was always in the right place at the right time, and made several crucial blocks to stop Lavezzi crosses.

  • Maurizio Domizzi
    10
    4
    3.00

    Maurizio Domizzi

    Was having a solid game until he rather unnecessarily gave away a late penalty - a foul for which he received a red card - and almost cost his side.

  • Pablo Armero
    25
    1
    3.50

    Pablo Armero

    An absolute bundle of energy on the left. Bombed forward constantly and topped off an impressive performance with a fine run and cross to set up Denis for the second goal.

  • Giampiero Pinzi
    12
    2
    3.00

    Giampiero Pinzi

    Was an important figure as he attempted to break forward and support Denis in attack. Showed his fiery side, and although it could've got him into trouble, it was this drive that helped his side to an unlikely victory.

  • Gökhan Inler
    50
    1
    4.00

    Gökhan Inler Top of the Match

    Added real steel to the Udinese midfield, breaking up play with clever positioning while also putting his foot on the ball to dictate the tempo of the game. And that's without mentioning a stunning opening goal.

  • Mauricio Isla
    14
    1
    3.00

    Mauricio Isla

    Had to go off after picking up an injury in the 36th minute. In his half hour on the pitch he worked hard and provided a threat down the right.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    21
    2
    3.50

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Was positioned just off Denis, and like Pinzi did his best to support the lone striker. However, he also made sure he dropped deep to add that extra man in midfield to give his side an advantage in the middle of the park.

  • Germán Denis
    26
    1
    3.50

    Germán Denis

    Led the line admirably, and looked delighted to have scored the second goal to secure the win at the home of his previous club. Went close early on and demonstrated superb technique to chest down and thrash home in the 61st minute.

Substitutions

  • Andrea Coda
    8
    1
    0.00

    Andrea Coda

    Replaced Pasquale in the closing stages as Udinese looked to close out the game.

  • Juan Cuadrado
    14
    1
    0.00

    Juan Cuadrado

    Provided a more defensive option than Isla - who he came on for after he picked up an early injury. Doubled up with Benatia to really shore up Udinese's right-hand side.

  • Gabriele Angella
    9
    0
    0.00

    Gabriele Angella

    Made a time-wasting appearance in the second minute of stoppage time.

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