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  • Date:17 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:18:00
  • Venue:San Paolo
  • Attendance:55,000
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94mins

Salvatore Aronica concedes a free kick for a foul on Honorato da Silva Nilmar. The referee sends off Salvatore Aronica for second bookable offence. Free kick taken by Gonzalo Rodriguez.

92mins

Sanchez Emilson Cribari challenges Marco Ruben unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sanchez Emilson Cribari goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Borja Valero produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Borja Valero from the left by-line, save made by Morgan De Sanctis.

91mins

Unfair challenge on Marco Ruben by Salvatore Aronica results in a free kick. Gonzalo Rodriguez takes the direct free kick.

90mins

Unfair challenge on Hugo Armando Campagnaro by Honorato da Silva Nilmar results in a free kick. Morgan De Sanctis takes the direct free kick.

89mins

Booking for Carlos Marchena for time wasting.

89mins

Borja Valero takes a shot. Save made by Morgan De Sanctis.

88mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Edinson Cavani. Rodriguez Diego Lopez takes the direct free kick.

87mins

(Villarreal) makes a substitution, with Jose Manuel Catala coming on for Gonzalez Santi Cazorla.

85mins

Borja Valero crosses the ball, Hugo Armando Campagnaro manages to make a clearance.

83mins

Joan Capdevila fouled by Jose Sosa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rodriguez Diego Lopez.

82mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gonzalez Santi Cazorla by Hugo Armando Campagnaro. Free kick taken by Mateo Musacchio.

81mins

Salvatore Aronica fouled by Marco Ruben, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Salvatore Aronica.

80mins

Outswinging corner taken by Ezequiel Lavezzi, Borja Valero makes a clearance.

79mins

Unfair challenge on Michele Pazienza by Marco Ruben results in a free kick. Salvatore Aronica restarts play with the free kick.

78mins

Jose Sosa joins the action as a substitute, replacing Walter Gargano.

77mins

Marco Ruben joins the action as a substitute, replacing Giuseppe Rossi.

76mins

Effort from the edge of the box by Honorato da Silva Nilmar goes wide of the left-hand post.

74mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michele Pazienza on Honorato da Silva Nilmar. Gonzalo Rodriguez takes the free kick.

73mins

Corner taken by Marek Hamsik from the right by-line.

73mins

Ezequiel Lavezzi takes a shot. Save made by Rodriguez Diego Lopez.

72mins

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Rodriguez Diego Lopez.

72mins

Borja Valero has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

70mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Borja Valero by Walter Gargano. Free kick crossed left-footed by Giuseppe Rossi, Salvatore Aronica manages to make a clearance.

70mins

Unfair challenge on Honorato da Silva Nilmar by Michele Pazienza results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Borja Valero.

68mins

Hassan Yebda goes off and Michele Pazienza comes on.

66mins

Giuseppe Rossi concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugo Armando Campagnaro. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Emilson Cribari.

64mins

Honorato da Silva Nilmar fouled by Salvatore Aronica, the ref awards a free kick. Salvatore Aronica receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Borja Valero.

62mins

Perez Martinez Mario challenges Ezequiel Lavezzi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Ezequiel Lavezzi from the free kick.

61mins

Carlos Marchena replaces Marcos Senna.

61mins

(Napoli) makes a substitution, with Marek Hamsik coming on for Giuseppe Mascara.

58mins

Ezequiel Lavezzi takes a shot and cleared the net.

56mins

Hassan Yebda takes a shot.

53mins

Marcos Senna concedes a free kick for a foul on Edinson Cavani. Hassan Yebda restarts play with the free kick.

52mins

Centre by Andrea Dossena, Borja Valero gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ezequiel Lavezzi, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Cristian Maggio misses to the right of the target.

50mins

Giuseppe Mascara fouled by Giuseppe Rossi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Walter Gargano.

49mins

Cristian Maggio fouled by Gonzalez Santi Cazorla, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Giuseppe Mascara from right wing, comfortable save by Rodriguez Diego Lopez.

47mins

Andrea Dossena challenges Borja Valero unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee cautions Andrea Dossena for unsporting behaviour. Marcos Senna takes the free kick.

46mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Giuseppe Rossi by Hugo Armando Campagnaro. Joan Capdevila takes the direct free kick.

46mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Perez Martinez Mario by Giuseppe Mascara. Free kick taken by Perez Martinez Mario.

45mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Hassan Yebda on Borja Valero. Honorato da Silva Nilmar takes the direct free kick.

44mins

Ezequiel Lavezzi is ruled offside. Rodriguez Diego Lopez takes the free kick.

41mins

Inswinging corner taken by Ezequiel Lavezzi from the left by-line played to the near post, save made by Rodriguez Diego Lopez.

40mins

Inswinging corner taken by Ezequiel Lavezzi from the left by-line played to the near post, Perez Martinez Mario makes a clearance.

40mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Hassan Yebda on Marcos Senna. Free kick taken by Marcos Senna.

39mins

Unfair challenge on Gonzalez Santi Cazorla by Hassan Yebda results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marcos Senna.

38mins

Effort on goal by Edinson Cavani from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

36mins

Gonzalo Rodriguez challenges Ezequiel Lavezzi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gonzalo Rodriguez goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Ezequiel Lavezzi.

36mins

Edinson Cavani fouled by Marcos Senna, the ref awards a free kick. Hassan Yebda takes the direct free kick.

32mins

Edinson Cavani takes a shot. Rodriguez Diego Lopez makes a comfortable save.

30mins

Giuseppe Mascara is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Gonzalo Rodriguez takes the direct free kick.

29mins

Ezequiel Lavezzi fouled by Joan Capdevila, the ref awards a free kick. Joan Capdevila is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Ezequiel Lavezzi delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Gonzalo Rodriguez.

28mins

Hugo Armando Campagnaro takes a shot. Rodriguez Diego Lopez makes a comfortable save.

25mins

Gonzalez Santi Cazorla produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Sanchez Emilson Cribari gets a block in. The referee blows for offside against Ezequiel Lavezzi. Joan Capdevila takes the direct free kick.

19mins

Andrea Dossena is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Rodriguez Diego Lopez takes the direct free kick.

15mins

Unfair challenge on Soriano Bruno by Giuseppe Mascara results in a free kick. Rodriguez Diego Lopez takes the free kick.

14mins

Honorato da Silva Nilmar takes a shot. Comfortable save by Morgan De Sanctis.

14mins

Cristian Maggio is ruled offside. Gonzalo Rodriguez takes the free kick.

13mins

Foul by Sanchez Emilson Cribari on Giuseppe Rossi, free kick awarded. Soriano Bruno restarts play with the free kick.

12mins

Hugo Armando Campagnaro produces a left-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.

12mins

Cristian Maggio sends in a cross, clearance by Mateo Musacchio.

11mins

Andrea Dossena is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Gonzalo Rodriguez takes the free kick.

10mins

Andrea Dossena delivers the ball, Rodriguez Diego Lopez makes a comfortable save.

7mins

Gonzalez Santi Cazorla has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

6mins

Honorato da Silva Nilmar fouled by Andrea Dossena, the ref awards a free kick. Giuseppe Rossi shoots direct from the free kick.

2mins

Joan Capdevila produces a cross.

Match Preview

Mazzarri hopes Cavani continues scoring Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri is hoping Edinson Cavani can maintain his goalscoring form when they host Villarreal on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 showdown. Cavani scored his 20th Serie A goal of the campaign in Saturday's 2-0 triumph over Roma. The Uruguay international has struck seven times in the last five league games to help Napoli remain in contention for the Scudetto. Moreover, Cavani has scored seven times in Europe this season. "Cavani is the forward we needed," Mazzarri said. "Just as Milan cannot do without (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, we cannot do without Cavani. "He is in great form and we hope that he continues to score many goals for us." Under Mazzarri, who took over at the Napoli helm in summer 2009, the team have looked impressive. The Naples outfit currently lie second in Serie A, three points behind leaders AC Milan. "There is a lot of enthusiasm in Naples," Mazzarri said. "I am happy to see what we have created. "However, Villarreal has more experience than us in European competition. "But we will do our best to stop them." The Italians have reason to be optimistic of taking a positive result at the Stadio San Paolo. Napoli have not lost in their European home games this season. Villarreal travel to Italy on the back of 1-0 defeats to Levante and Deportivo La Coruna - losses which dropped Villarreal to third place in the Primera Division. The Spanish side will look to make amends with a win in Naples. "We are only thinking about the Europa League," Villarreal midfielder Santi Cazorla said. "It's an important match for us because we've gone two games without winning. "There's no need to be alarmed and a positive result would restore morale. "We need to remember that it's a two-legged tie and, therefore, it is important to be patient. It's going to be difficult, but it's key to score away from home to put you on track." Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido welcomes back Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi, who missed the defeat to Depor through illness. Napoli's Emilson Cribari will replace suspended defender Paolo Cannavaro.

Formation:3421Manager: Walter Mazzarri

Napoli

Formation: 442Manager: Juan Carlos Garrido

Villarreal

  • Morgan De Sanctis
  • Hugo Armando Campagnaro
  • Sanchez Emilson Cribari
  • Salvatore Aronica
  • Andrea Dossena
  • Cristian Maggio
  • Hassan Yebda
  • Walter Gargano
  • Edinson Cavani
  • Giuseppe Mascara
  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
  • SUBS
  • Gennaro Iezzo
  • Torre Victor Ruiz
  • Michele Pazienza
  • Fabiano Santacroce
  • Marek Hamsik
  • Camilo Zuniga
  • Jose Sosa

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Match Report

Honours even in Naples Napoli were held to a goalless draw by Spanish side Villarreal in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 showdown in Naples. The Italians, who lie second in Serie A after an impressive campaign so far, struggled to get past Villarreal's massed defence and had to settle for a scoreless result. The hosts ended the game down to 10 men after Salvatore Aronica was sent off with a minute remaining for a second bookable offence when he needlessly fouled Villarreal's Nilmar. Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri named a first-choice team with Ezequiel Lavezzi partnering the team's top scorer Edinson Cavani up front. However, Cavani, who has scored seven times in Europe this campaign, could not find a way through to Villarreal's goal. It was the visitors who threatened first in the 14th minute when Giuseppe Rossi set up Nilmar and he fired in a shot from 30 yards that was kept out by Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis. His opposite number Diego Lopez was soon in the action, palming over a long-range effort from Hugo Campagnaro before Cavani also stung his palms with a right-footed strike from outside the area. On the stroke of half-time, Villarreal defender Gonzalo did well to block Cristian Maggio's goalbound effort from the centre of the penalty area. Napoli pushed forward more aggressively after the restart and almost broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute when Maggio's powerful eight-yard header from Lavezzi's cross went wide. Shortly before the hour mark, Lavezzi struck over the bar from a good position as another chance went begging. In the 72nd minute, Borja Valero almost punished the Italians but his right-footed effort from the edge of the area went just wide of the far post. At the other end, Campagnaro fed Lavezzi inside the area and his shot was met by a fine save from Lopez. Nilmar then wasted a good chance to put Villarreal in front when he latched on to Borja Valero's pass only to fire way off target from 10 yards. Villarreal could have ended Napoli's unbeaten run at the San Paolo Stadium this season in the Europa League with one minute remaining. However, De Sanctis stretched to repel Valero's stinging drive from 30 yards in what was the last chance of the game. Napoli travel to El Madrigal stadium on February 24 with all to play for.

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