Forced into three crucial stops in the opening 20 minutes by Hamsik twice and Lavezzi, but then was tested little as Chelsea took a two-goal lead. Could do little about Inler’s superb strike, and was troubled little thereafter despite Napoli’s increased pressure at 4-1.
Caught out of position regularly in the early moments as Chelsea handed plenty of chances to Napoli and was often slow to close down his man. Passed the ball well for the most part, but could have shown more urgency at times, and gave the ball straight to Zuniga in extra-time, by which point he was limping badly.
Didn’t look too convincing up against Cavani and Lavezzi, with two or three good chances coming down his side in the first half alone, but he rose highest to Lampard’s corner when it mattered at the other end to put Chelsea ahead in the tie. Replaced in extra-time by Bosingwa.
Put in some testing crosses when going forward, but first Zuniga and then Dossena had him on his heels at times. Fired in a forceful drive at 2-1 which stung the palms of De Sanctis, then had an extra-time header which went narrowly wide. Eventually got his goal when turning in Drogba’s excellent cross.
Looked to be a threat running forward, but he was too often easily bypassed defensively, particularly when Zuniga danced through to force a save out of Cech. Rarely at his best, but did enough in sitting tight late on as Chelsea held on.
Was a rock in midfield for much of the game, and made some vital interceptions around his own area. Saw his fierce shot deflected after De Sanctis had punched away, leading to the corner which brought the penalty.
Showed remorse immediately after going right through Cavani in the opening minute, then failed to stop Zuniga cutting in onto his favoured right to get a shot in as the Englishman took his time to get up to race pace. Booked for fouling Zuniga, but then picked up the assist for Terry’s goal and took his penalty superbly to level the tie.
Chased Lavezzi’s shadow as the forward got clear with the Brazilian the only Chelsea player defending, but soon after was given the time and space he needed to tee up Drogba for the opener. Worked tremendously hard, and was one of the Blues' stand-out performers late on.
Didn’t get on the ball as often as Chelsea might have liked, though he did send in some testing crosses when given the chance to look up. Replaced by Malouda early in extra-time as Robero Di Matteo looked to inject fresh legs.
Turned back the years will a magnificent header from Ramires’ cross to open the scoring, then his wonderful left-foot shot on the turn brought the best out of De Sanctis. Provided a threatening figurehead throughout, leaving Napoli living on their nerve ends at times, and brilliantly turned on the ball to set up Ivanovic’s winner.
Got a snap shot away which forced De Sanctis into a sharp save in the first five minutes, but then should have done better when he failed to make decent contact on a header from Ivanovic’s cross. Always looked a danger as he drifted into space, and looked upset to be replaced by Torres just after the hour.
M. De Sanctis
Reacted quickly to keep out Sturridge’s early strike, but then was left short-handed by his defence from set pieces. Made a superb instinctive save from Ivanovic, then produced an even better full-length drive to deny Drogba to help send the game into extra-time, but almost handed Torres a goal on a plate.
Showed a cool head to deny Drogba at the far post just as Chelsea had their tails up after the first goal, but his defending was ragged for the most part. Should have done more to challenge Terry after Cannavaro had let him run as Chelsea went two up.
Caught on his heels a little as Drogba moved into a scoring position on the opener, and was regularly left making rash tackles as he chased the game somewhat at times. Spent too much time standing off and not enough time tackling.
Stretched out magnificently to stop Drogba getting on the end of David Luiz’s dangerous cross on the stroke of half-time, but then allowed Terry to run into space to score the second goal. Failed to ever get on top of Drogba in general play and he was most culpable for Napoli defending extremely poorly from set-pieces.
Did ok on the left before being switched due to Maggio’s injury. From the right, he looked more comfortable, and should have made it 2-2 after dancing straight past Ashley Cole. Overall though, he didn't have quite the necessary verve to help Napoli through.
Had been guilty of giving away possession two or three times when his team were well placed, but more than made up for it with great chest control and a magnificent half-volley to put Napoli back ahead on aggregate.
Had a great early chance deflected, allowing Cech to kick the ball away, then had another effort saved from outside the box. His delicious volley at the start of extra-time just cleared the bar, but his reluctance to make quicker decisions counted against him.
Drove into all the right spaces on the ball, almost always picking the simple pass to a better-placed player until the latter stages, and generally made it difficult for Chelsea to take the ball off him. Defensively, he was his dogged self, giving the Blues very little time on the ball, making some crucial tackles in testing areas.
Showed great energy to beat his man and get a great low cross in for Cavani to shoot just wide. Then defended superbly in the air when up against Drogba, but stood off Ramires to allow the time and space needed to tee up Drigba for the opener. Replaced not long before the break due to injury.
Got in behind Ramires well early on, only to fire at Cech, then led many an attack from the middle, feeding Cavani in one notable break from which the Uruguayan should have scored. Faded afterwards, although he remained Napoli's chief threat.
Fired just wide after great work from Maggio, but then should have done more to equalise when sent through on a fast counter. Could have done more to free space for himself at times, but Napoli had plenty of chances when he dragged his marker away from the middle.
- 22 R. Turnbull
Came on for skipper Terry and helped to bolster the back line in extra-time.
- 24 G. Cahill
Brought on as a replacement for Mata but had little other than the odd break to show his worth.
- 12 J. Obi Mikel
Replaced Sturridge in the 63rd minute and showed some nice touches, but never really got a chance in front of goal until the onrushing De Sanctis allowed him an open goal, but he couldn’t steer the ball on target.
- 21 S. Kalou
- 83 A. Rosati
Replaced the injured Maggio before the break and was coping reasonably well until throwing his hand out to give away a senseless penalty to bring Chelsea level. Then proved unable to help drag his side back into a position of supremacy, as his verve couldn't make up for his defensive lapses, and his standing off Ramires led to the winner.
- 21 F. Fernández
- 85 M. Britos
- 20 B. Džemaili
Given 10 minutes to have an effect, but saw hardly any of the ball.
Brought on for the second period of extra-time in place of Hamsik, but apart from one poor pass on the turn he had little chance to shine.