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March 1, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
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 their title hopes alive

By Mark Doyle

  • Morgan De Sanctis
    40
    43
    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
    16
    70
    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
    36
    43
    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 defence.

  • Paolo Cannavaro
    26
    53
    3.00

    Paolo Cannavaro

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

  • Christian Maggio
    32
    49
    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
    67
    45
    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
    33
    45
    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
    60
    47
    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
    78
    46
    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
    31
    106
    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 favour by heading home Maggio's cross late on.

  • Goran Pandev
    24
    78
    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
    26
    46

    Pablo Armero

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

  • Blerim Dzemaili
    30
    49
    2.50

    Blerim Dzemaili

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

  • Lorenzo Insigne
    48
    42
    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
    327
    10
    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 defence

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    370
    16
    3.50

    Giorgio Chiellini

    What a game! A fitness doubt beforehand, Chiellini looked a little vulnerable early on, getting outmuscled by Pandev just seconds after the kick-off. 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
    219
    40
    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
    269
    14
    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
    153
    128
    3.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Played the pass of the game, splitting the Napoli defence 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
    220
    36
    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
    158
    106
    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
    340
    50
    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
    236
    37
    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
    88
    302
    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
    283
    82
    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 harded 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
    193
    57

    Paul Pogba

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

  • Simone Padoin
    131
    65

    Simone Padoin

    Introduced in place of Marchisio in the dying seconds.

  • Alessandro Matri
    171
    91
    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
 
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Position
Ranking
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Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
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Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
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Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
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Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
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Inter
15 0