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November 2, 2011
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: B. Kuipers
• Attendance: 66000
M. Gómez 17', 23', 42'
F. Fernández 45', 79'
90' + 6'
The game is over! Bayern Munich managed to fight off Napoli's efforts to fight back after a hat-trick by Gomez as both teams ended the game with 10 men. A pulsating clash at the Allianz Arena, and a treat for all fans. Stay with us for our post-match materials and do not forget to join us at the weekend for our live coverage of the Bundesliga and Serie A! Bye, for now!
90' + 5'
GOMEZ! A YARD TO HIS POKER! The striker sends an immense shot from 60 yards out, catching the on-rushing De Sanctis by surprise, but the goalkeeper sprints back and clears the ball of the line with a lunge!
90' + 4'
ALABA! SO CLOSE FOR BAYERN MUNICH! Lahm breaks into the box after a sublime run, but sees his shot blocked. Alaba fails to control the ball with De Sanctis beaten and Napoli can breathe a sigh of relief.
90' + 3'
Bayern Munich with the upper hands in the last minutes of the game as Napoli are desperately trying to win the ball back.
90' + 2'
Boateng and Neuer work well inside the box to block Cavani in the penalty area before the Uruguayan can reach the ball.
Napoli throwing everything in attack in the last minutes of the game. Will there be an equaliser for the visitors?
Kroos with some great defensive works as he sets Bayern Munich on the counter, but Philipp Lahm is stopped on the sidelines.
Bayern Munich watch frustrated as yet another foul is given to Napoli for no obvious reason. Muller on the break for the Bavarians.
Goran Pandev is coming on for Blerim Dzemaili. Certainly a mind trick by Walter Mazzarri, who is looking for a late equaliser.
Napoli are suddenly back in the game after some questionable decisions by the referee. Daniel Van Buyten should take the blame for this goal as he was outjumped by Fernandez.
Alaba comes on for Franck Ribery. Napoli are trying to mount a comeback here.
Assist Gökhan Inler
Goal Federico Fernández
GOAL! NAPOLI DRAW ONE BACK! Fernandez is picked out by Inler with a superb delivery, rises above Daniel Van Buyten and puts a looping header over Neuer.
A free-kick for Bayern Munich after Inler crashed into Luiz Gustavo. Yet another dubious decision by the referee.
Yellow/Red Holger Badstuber
BADSTUBER SENT OFF! The Germany international is adjudged to have fouled Cavani from behind and receives a second yellow card. Replays show Cavani dived to get the defender sent off.
Bayern Munich are passing the ball around comfortably. Napoli had the upper hand after scoring a late first-half goal, but seem to have completely lost the upper hand after the sending off of Zuniga.
Jerome Boateng receives a yellow card for a clear foul on Lavezzi on the left wing as the Argentinian was breaking away.
Yellow Card Jerome Boateng
LAHM! The Bayern Munich captain reminds of his thunderous right foot with a powerful drive from outside the box, which De Sanctis punches over for a corner, which leads to nothing.
RED CARD! ZUNIGA IS OFF! A second yellow card for the Colombian, who brings down Ribery with an awful move, and it is early bath for the ex-Siena man!
Yellow/Red Camilo Zúñiga
I an comical situation Zuniga and Cavani both get yellow cards. Zuniga for a foul on Ribery, and Cavani for arguing with the referee.
Yellow Card Camilo Zúñiga
Yellow Card Edinson Cavani
Zuniga and Cavani try to exchange passes near the sidelines, but Ribery and Lahm work together well to force a throw-in for Bayern Munich.
The tempo has dropped in recent minutes as Bayern Munich are holding out Napoli's advances. The Bavarians, however, are waiting for their chance on the counter, so expect a lot of action in the next minutes.
Yellow Card Federico Fernández
Fernandez gets a yellow card for a dangerous lunge on Ribery. Toni Kroos is behind the ball for a free-kick just wide of the penalty area on the left.
Ribery with an explosive sprint down the left, but Campagnaro stands strong and stops the Frenchman in his steps. The winger has been impressive on the ball so far.
Napoli try to break down the left flank of Bayern Munich, but Lavezzi is pushed to the byline, and delivers a disappointing cross, which Neuer easily claims.
GOMEZ! The striker finds room to head a cross from Thomas Muller from the right wing, but his finish lacks drive and is easily saved by Morgan De Sanctis.
Corner for Bayern Munich on the left. Toni Kroos is behind the ball. VAN BUYTEN! The Belgium international rushed to head at the near post, but his finish was blocked!
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk replaces Bastian Schweinsteiger for Bayern Munich.
The midfield general has to be leave the pitch on a stretcher. It looks like a dislocated shoulder. A great blow for the hosts here.
Schweinsteiger is clutching his shoulder after a clash with Inler in the box. It looks like he really got hurt here.
Interesting piece of statistics here ... Mario Gomez has 19 goals in 17 games for Bayern Munich so far this season! Quite an impressive achievement.
A cross by Dossena from the left wing is cleared by Daniel Van Buyten in the centre of the box. Napoli look motivated for the second half.
The second half begins ...
45' + 2'
THE FIRST HALF IS OVER! A hat-trick by Mario Gomez put Bayern Munich ahead, but Napoli managed to pull themselves together and clawed one back through Fernandez. The game is still open, so join us after the break for the second half.
Assist Ezequiel Lavezzi
Goal Federico Fernández
GOAL! Napoli claw one back! A mistake by Van Buyten and Schweinsteiger sees Fernandez lurk completely unmarked to head past Neuer from inside the box aftera free-kick by Lavezzi. A life-line for the visitors.
Aronica will not be able to continue and is replaced by Dossena.
Goal M. Gómez
GOAL! 3-0 ! GOMEZ! HAT-TRICK! A sublime combination at lightning quick speed sees Kroos, Muller, and Ribery exchange passes before Kroos let it fly from inside the box. The ball is blocked by the goalkeeper into the path of Gomez, who stabs the ball past De Sanctis to complete his hat-trick.
BOATENG! The ex-Manchester City man lets it fly first time from outside the box, but his powerful shot is placed in the centre, making it easy for Morgan De Sanctis.
Walter Mazzarri shouting instructions from the sidelines. He will have a lot to say at half-time that is for sure.
Aronica is lying on the ground after a tough clash with Muller and the Bavarians nearly make another chance after some persistent play by Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Dzemaili with a ruthless tackle on Muller, which earns him a yellow card.
Yellow Card Blerim Dzemaili
GOMEZ! Inches away from making it three! A great run by Ribery sees the Frenchman beat three players on the right side of the box, before squaring to Gomez, who fired just wide after a light first touch.
Ribery tries to bypass Aronica with a slick lifted ball over the defender, but his dribble is stopped at early stages. Bayern Munich are crowding Napoli's box.
KROOS! Bayern Munich at it again! This time Kroos has a pop from distance, but his finish is blocked out for a corner by Fernandez. The subsequent corner resulted in nothing.
RIBERY! The French winger switched positions and had a run on the right before sending a powerful shot at De Sanctis, which the Italian international parried over the bar at the near post.
Bayern Munich passing the ball around comfortably to the sound of the deafening cheers from the stands. The Bavarians look relaxed now, but this can play to their disadvantage.
GOMEZ! SO CLOSE TO A HAT-TRICK! The striker almost connects with a Muller pass that somehow crawled past Napoli's defence, but De Sanctis is there to claim the ball ahead of the Germany international.
Napoli certainly are not the only one shocked by this development. 2-0 Bayern Munich and the Bavarians are still pumping bodies forward.
Assist Toni Kroos
Goal M. Gómez
GOMEZ! 2-0! Two wasteful corners see Bayern Munich break away through Ribery, who finds cross, who in turn delivers a pin-point floating ball to Gomez, who headed past De Sanctis with ease.
CAVANI! The Uruguayan gets a chance to shoot on the volley from inside the box, but Jerome Boateng is well positioned and blocks the shot for a corner.
Panic in Napoli's box as three players fail to dispossess Muller, who in turns finds Gomez. The striker plays it on to the on-rushing Boateng, but the ex-Manchester City man's subsequent cross is claimed by the goalkeeper.
Bayern Munich continue to attack through Gomez and Kroos on the left wing, but Fernandez and Campagnaro work together to clear the danger from Napoli's box.
Assist Bastian Schweinsteiger
Goal M. Gómez
GOAL! MARIO GOMEZ! SUBLIME FINISH! The striker was picked out on the edge of the box, turned with a slick move before slamming and unstoppable shot in the right corner!
GOMEZ! Muller whips in a cross from the right for the on-rushing striker, but the ex-Stuttgart man narrowly misses the ball.
Maggio is rolling on the floor in pain after a harsh challenge by Holger Badstuber. The Germany international receives a yellow card.
Yellow Card Holger Badstuber
Napoli win a corner on the left after a mis-timed intervention by Luiz Gustavo. The deliver comes, but Bayern Munich's defence stand strong and clear the danger.
MULLER! The Germany international managed to free up some space on the edge of the box, and let it fly, but Campagnaro was well positioned and blocked the finish.
DE SANCTIS! NEARLY A HOWLER! A tame shot from outside the box by Luiz Gustavo for the right corner is spilled by the goalkeeper, but the ex-Juventus man manages to recover and claim the ball just ahead of Muller.
NAPOLI! A quick break by the Italians sees Lavezzi and Cavani quickly sprint to Bayern Munich half with only Boateng and Van Buyten at the back. The Bavarians communicate well, however, and the ex-Manchester City man clears a cross by the Argentinian with a header.
First touch of the ball for Franck Ribery, who takes a few steps before trying a cross, which crashes into the body of Maggio just outside the penalty box.
Great play by Gomez, who runs through the whole Napoli half to dispossesses Gokhan Inler in the centre of the pitch. Bayern Munich are trying to pressure Napoli all over the park.
NAPOLI! A quick break sees Maggio run down the right, ghosting behind Lahm, before sending a cross into the box, which Holger Badstuber has no problem clearing on the volley.
Gokhan Inler wins a free-kick in Napoli's half after a rough challenge by Thomas Muller. It promises to be an exciting duel between those two.
The first half begins ...
Napoli: De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Fernandez, Aronica; Maggio, Inler, Dzemaili, Zuniga; Hamsik, Lavezzi; Cavani.
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Boateng, Van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm; Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger; Muller, Kroos, Ribery; Gomez.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of tonight's game between Bayern Munich and Napoli! It promises to be an electrifying clash as both teams will be looking to bag the three points, which will be a great boost to theirs hopes of qualification for the next phase of the Champions League. Without further ado, here are the teams.
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