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  • Date:21 Oct 2010
  • Kick-off:18:00
  • Venue:San Paolo
Goal!

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The referee brings the game to a close.

91:37 +1.37

Ezequiel Lavezzi produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

91:07 +1.07

The ball is delivered by Jose Sosa, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.

90:58 +0.58

Jose Sosa sends in a cross, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.

90:39 +0.39

Centre by Andrea Dossena.

89:10

Edinson Cavani produces a cross.

85:44

The ball is swung over by Jonjo Shelvey, blocked by Hassan Yebda.

84:26

Jose Sosa is brought on as a substitute for Marek Hamsik.

82:29

Hassan Yebda comes on in place of Walter Gargano.

80:26

The ball is swung over by Milan Jovanovic, Shot by David Ngog. Blocked by Salvatore Aronica. Outswinging corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey.

78:49

Centre by Andrea Dossena, save by Jose Reina.

78:18

Jonjo Shelvey is caught offside. Morgan De Sanctis takes the free kick.

77:19

The ball is delivered by Joe Cole, save by Morgan De Sanctis.

76:08

Joe Cole joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Babel.

75:53

The ball is crossed by Ezequiel Lavezzi.

74:57

Cristian Maggio goes off and Camilo Zuniga comes on.

74:10

Salvatore Aronica challenges Ryan Babel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Kelly takes the free kick.

73:57

Centre by Ezequiel Lavezzi, save by Jose Reina.

73:17

The ball is delivered by Jonjo Shelvey, save made by Morgan De Sanctis.

72:47

Edinson Cavani is penalised for a handball. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.

72:35

Shot by Ezequiel Lavezzi from 12 yards. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.

71:07

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jonjo Shelvey, save by Morgan De Sanctis. David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Morgan De Sanctis. Morgan De Sanctis takes the free kick.

69:49

Edinson Cavani is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.

68:40

Ryan Babel takes a shot. Morgan De Sanctis makes a save.

67:24

Andrea Dossena crosses the ball, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance. Cristian Maggio takes a outswinging corner.

66:48

Corner taken right-footed by Cristian Maggio, clearance by Christian Poulsen.

65:49

Unfair challenge on Andrea Dossena by Ryan Babel results in a free kick. Andrea Dossena takes the direct free kick.

65:29

Martin Kelly delivers the ball, David Ngog takes a shot. Morgan De Sanctis makes a save.

64:10

Fabio Aurelio comes on in place of Paul Konchesky.

63:58

Centre by Walter Gargano.

63:48

A cross is delivered by Cristian Maggio.

62:44

The ball is crossed by Cristian Maggio, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

60:36

Paul Konchesky produces a cross, clearance made by Hugo Armando Campagnaro.

59:42

Unfair challenge on Walter Gargano by Christian Poulsen results in a free kick. Michele Pazienza restarts play with the free kick.

59:02

The ball is crossed by Cristian Maggio, Header by Edinson Cavani from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

58:24

Shot from just outside the box by Milan Jovanovic goes over the crossbar.

57:27

Martin Kelly crosses the ball, save by Morgan De Sanctis.

56:03

Michele Pazienza is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Michele Pazienza concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Spearing. Free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.

55:03

David Ngog is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Morgan De Sanctis.

53:43

Shot from 12 yards from Edinson Cavani. Save by Jose Reina.

51:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Konchesky by Walter Gargano. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.

50:38

Andrea Dossena delivers the ball, blocked by Martin Kelly. Cristian Maggio takes a short corner.

46:45

Marek Hamsik delivers the ball, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

45:01

Sotirios Kyrgiakos joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Carragher.

45:00

Hugo Armando Campagnaro produces a cross, Paul Konchesky gets a block in. Corner taken by Cristian Maggio from the right by-line. Marek Hamsik takes a shot. Paul Konchesky makes a clearance.

44:37

A cross is delivered by Ryan Babel, clearance by Salvatore Aronica.

44:02

Paul Konchesky has an effort at goal from 35 yards. Michele Pazienza gets a block in.

43:39

Handball decision goes against Michele Pazienza. Free kick taken by Jonjo Shelvey.

42:43

The offside flag is raised against David Ngog. Morgan De Sanctis takes the free kick.

40:43

David Ngog is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Morgan De Sanctis restarts play with the free kick.

40:31

Jonjo Shelvey crosses the ball, save made by Morgan De Sanctis.

38:24

The ball is crossed by Milan Jovanovic.

37:13

Andrea Dossena sends in a cross.

33:55

The ball is sent over by Ryan Babel, Paolo Cannavaro makes a clearance.

32:10

Jonjo Shelvey has a drilled shot. Save made by Morgan De Sanctis.

29:50

The ball is swung over by Ezequiel Lavezzi.

28:54

Foul by Ezequiel Lavezzi on David Ngog, free kick awarded. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.

27:52

Martin Skrtel is cautioned. Martin Skrtel challenges Ezequiel Lavezzi unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ezequiel Lavezzi, clearance by Milan Jovanovic.

27:05

Paul Konchesky produces a cross, Salvatore Aronica manages to make a clearance.

26:10

Edinson Cavani produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.

25:15

Corner taken right-footed by Cristian Maggio from the right by-line, clearance by Jonjo Shelvey.

24:25

Martin Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Walter Gargano. Ezequiel Lavezzi takes the direct free kick.

23:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ezequiel Lavezzi by Jamie Carragher. Michele Pazienza takes the free kick.

20:25

David Ngog fouled by Michele Pazienza, the ref awards a free kick. Jonjo Shelvey delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel. The assistant referee flags for offside against Martin Skrtel. Morgan De Sanctis takes the free kick.

19:13

Hugo Armando Campagnaro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Ngog. Free kick crossed by Jonjo Shelvey.

19:13

Hugo Armando Campagnaro challenges David Ngog unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jonjo Shelvey.

18:45

Shot from just outside the box by Ezequiel Lavezzi goes over the bar.

16:49

The ball is crossed by Andrea Dossena, clearance made by Paul Konchesky. Corner taken by Cristian Maggio from the right by-line.

15:33

Christian Poulsen concedes a free kick for a foul on Marek Hamsik. Direct free kick taken by Hugo Armando Campagnaro.

10:31

Paul Konchesky concedes a free kick for a foul on Cristian Maggio. Free kick taken by Hugo Armando Campagnaro.

6:02

Ezequiel Lavezzi produces a cross, clearance by Martin Skrtel.

1:41

Centre by Martin Kelly, save by Morgan De Sanctis.

The game begins.

The referee calls an end to the first half.

The second half kicks off.

Match Preview

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri, like his opposite number Roy Hodgson, accepts his priority has to be domestic form but that will not stop his side seeking to gain a significant Europa League advantage.

The Italian club host Liverpool at the Stadio San Paolo hoping to take a big step towards qualification from Group K. Their form this season has been encouraging - they are currently fourth in Serie A - and considerably better than Liverpool's, who have slipped to second-bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

Liverpool's form in Europe has been much better, with five wins and a draw through both qualifying and the group stage so far.

Napoli, like their opponents, are trying to recapture former glories and Mazzarri believes facing teams like Liverpool can only help in that quest.

They drew their opening two games against Utrecht and Steaua Bucharest but Liverpool pose the biggest threat.

"Playing an important side like Liverpool is another step for the club to grow," he said.

"We have to hold up Napoli's name though, but without forgetting about the league, which is our primary objective.

"But having said that, we will give our maximum because we really want to get through the group."

Despite Liverpool's troubles this season, and the fact they have left key duo Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard at home, Mazzarri is taking nothing for granted.

"They have a great squad. An individual is not able to dictate the team's strengths," he added.

"I'm more worried because it's clear (Roy Hodgson's) studied a line-up that could give us more problems.

"I want a great match. I would like the team to play good football and produce a positive performance.

"I don't want only to secure a good result. I want to achieve it in the best possible fashion.

"We want to give happiness to our supporters and we will play with soul, regardless of the possible outcome."

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has defended his squad selection ahead of the game. He has chosen to rest Torres, Gerrard, Raul Meireles and Lucas Leiva, while he is also without Glen Johnson (hamstring), Daniel Agger (illness) and Dirk Kuyt (ankle).

The 63-year-old admitted his decision was coloured by the fact the team were in desperate need of a win against Blackburn in the Premier League on Sunday.

"I was concerned that if players like Lucas Leiva and Raul Meireles were to play it would be five matches in two weeks," said Hodgson, who admitted it was a risk.

"And when it comes to Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres - two important players - we have an important league game on Sunday.

"For me it was, quite simply, a priority. After our very poor start to the season and bad results, if we had to make a sacrifice within the team in one game or another, in which game do you make it?

"I made the decision to make the sacrifice in this game because we need a win more badly on Sunday than we do tomorrow (Thursday).

"I wouldn't want to be in a situation where I played Gerrard and Torres and one of them got injured or were tired and our performance suffered.

"If we then lose and people say we chose a weakened team because I prioritised Sunday over this game then I will hold my hands up and say they are right."

Formation:3421Manager: Walter Mazzarri

Napoli

Formation: 4411Manager: Roy Hodgson

Liverpool

  • Morgan De Sanctis
  • Hugo Armando Campagnaro
  • Paolo Cannavaro
  • Salvatore Aronica
  • Cristian Maggio
  • Michele Pazienza
  • Walter Gargano
  • Andrea Dossena
  • Marek Hamsik
  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
  • Edinson Cavani
  • SUBS
  • Gennaro Iezzo
  • Gianluca Grava
  • Nicolao Dumitru
  • Camilo Zuniga
  • Hassan Yebda
  • Sanchez Emilson Cribari
  • Jose Sosa

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Match Report

Under-strength Reds claim point Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson's gamble in leaving at home a handful of his senior players - including Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard - paid off in some respect as his side claimed a well-earned 0-0 Europa League draw against Napoli in the Stadio San Paolo. Many tipped the hopelessly out-of-form Reds for defeat after bringing a weakened side to Naples, but they withstood long spells of pressure to leave with a point. The closest they came to conceding was in first-half added time when Paul Konchesky cleared Marek Hamsik's shot off the line in the nick of time, while Ryan Babel could have snatched victory with 20 minutes to go but shot too close to goalkeeper Morgan de Sanctis. Hodgson had admitted in his pre-match press conference that the Barclays Premier League had to take priority because of their woeful start to the season, with just one win in eight games leaving them 19th in the table, and that was why he had rested Torres, Gerrard, Raul Meireles and Lucas Leiva. He said if they lost in Naples he would expect to receive criticism. He avoided the former but it is unlikely the latter will dissipate any time soon as even a win over Blackburn on Sunday will probably not end the growing murmurings of discontent within Anfield. At least this performance, unlike the Merseyside derby defeat last weekend, showed some grit and determination and keeps Liverpool on course for progress to the knockout phase as they have taken five points from their three group matches so far, and still have home games against Utrecht and Napoli. It is a competition which has so far been much kinder to Hodgson but, unfortunately for him, if he cannot turn around the team's domestic form, no number of good performances in Europe are going to ease the pressure on him. Getting to the latter stages of the Europa League but still being stuck in the lower reaches of the Premier League is unlikely to carry much weight with new owners New England Sports Ventures, who expect to see more from their #300million investment. After the previous night's attacks on fans and some limited patches of trouble prior to kick-off, the atmosphere inside the stadium was equally as daunting for the players as the streets of Naples had been for supporters. However, the visitors did a good job of negating all that early fervour with a disciplined, solid start and the whistles which greeted any spell of Liverpool possession were deafening. Ezequiel Lavezzi's corner saw Cristian Maggio divert the ball goalwards only for Edinson Cavani to head it away as he tried to get a decisive touch. Napoli were starting to take control but Lavezzi's long-range strike flew well over Jose Reina's crossbar. In the 33rd minute Jonjo Shelvey combined with Jay Spearing but the shot with his weaker left foot was straight at goalkeeper De Sanctis. He was obviously not short of confidence as he tried to lob De Sanctis from the halfway line but hardly extended the goalkeeper let alone tested him. But they had a lucky escape in first-half stoppage time with a controversial incident which will again bring up the issue of goal-line technology. Maggio's corner fell to Cavani who beat Jamie Carragher and fired in a low cross which Hamsik diverted goalwards and it was unclear whether the ball had crossed the line before Konchesky cleared. Carragher was replaced for the second half by Sotirios Kyrgiakos as Napoli seized the initiative again. Cavani wasted a good chance before Michele Pazienza was booked for a wild lunge which caught Spearing in the face as he stooped to head the ball and, after initial concerns about the midfielder, he was able to continue after treatment. Napoli continued to press but Babel should have snatched the lead with the best chance of the night when he was played through by Jovanovic in acres of space on the left of the penalty area. The Holland international opted to shoot right-footed across De Sanctis but placed his effort too close to the goalkeeper, who saved with his feet. Ngog also went close when he turned in the area only for his shot to be charged down by Salvatore Aronica.

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