Tuesday February 21, 2012 Last 16 Finished Stadio San Paolo

Napoli 3 - 1 Chelsea

  • Lavezzi 38’, 65’
  • Cavani 45’
  • Mata 27’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Napoli
    • Chelsea
    • 90+4' The final whistle goes, and it's another English club falling to defeat in Italy in this season's Champions League? Can Villas-Boas and Chelsea turn it around in three weeks time?
    • 90+3' Drogba chests the ball down into the path of Lampard... the shot is well struck but De Sanctis can save and hold on to the ball.
    • 90+1' Cole is in space on the left and his cross goes just behind Drogba... guided over the bar by the striker.
    • 90' The shot count now reads 13-13 (eight on target for Napoli, five for chelsea) as we had into injury time.
    • 88' Drogba penalised for handling the ball. He was perhaps unfortunate with the bounce, but he did handle it.
    • 86' Drogba leaves it for Mata, who floats the dead ball into the box but Sturridge is offside.
    • 85' Chelsea have a free-kick. It's some way from goal, but Drogba is making like he is going to shoot form here...
    • 83' The insanely high tempo of this match has abated somewhat - since around the time that Essien and Lampard came on - but there is still plenty of time for Chelsea to grab another goal. That would certainly give the Blues more hope going into the second leg.
    • 82' Napoli substitution: Goran Pandev replaces Hamsik.
    • 81' OFF THE LINE!! Great ball from Cavani to Hamsik in the box. The Slovakian sells his marker a dummy and squares across the six-yard box to Maggio at the far post, but Ashley Cole is there to block it!
    • 80' Chelsea have several men in the box and the ball falls to Ivanovic's feet, but the big Serb's prodded effort is blocked and cleared.
    • 79' The free-kick is delivered to the far post, but the whistle blows for a foul by a Napoli player. chelsea go uop the other end and win a corner.
    • 78' Lovely bit of skill from Dzemaili. The substitute backheels the ball behind him, drawing the foul from Lampard.
    • 77' Hamsik tries to thread a pass through for Cavani, but Cahill is there to intercept. Rather ambitious from Hamsik.
    • 75' Napoli substitution: Blerim Dzemaili replaces Lavezzi.
    • 73' Chelsea have won just one of their last six Champions League away games and none of the last four.
    • 71' Cavani goes down in a heap after challenge from Essien, the Chelsea midfielder's first involvement in the game. Not sure there was as much in that as Cavani made out.
    • 70' Chelsea substitution: Michael Essien and Frank Lampard replace Malouda and Meireles.
    • 69' Mata wins the ball off of Inler in the Napoli half. Of all the experienced Chelsea players on the field, he is the one who has shown the most drive and leadership by example this evening for the Blues.
    • 68' Lovely ball slipped down the right for Maggio, who just can't keep it in play.
    • 66' Well, he may have at times come in for more criticism than he was due, but David Luiz was wholly culpable for that goal. Credit to Cavani for seeing the opportunity, though.
    • 65' GOAL!! NAPOLI 3-1 CHELSEA!! Campagnaro's long ball is not dealt with by David Luiz and Cavani robs him of it. Cech is caught off his line and the Uruguayan lays it on a plate for Lavezzi to fire home his second of the game and Napoli's third!
    • 65' Lovely skill from Sturridge to get past his man and to the byline, but the cross is caught by De Sanctis.
    • 64' Cahill blocks Lavezzi's strike for a corner. Played short, and Gargano's shot from distance is gathered up by Cech.
    • 63' Mata schemes away as he tries to makes something happen, but the return pass from Ivanovic is poor and gives possession back to Napoli.
    • 62' UEFA's official stats show that there have already been 21 shots on goal (Napoli 9-12 Chelsea), with five on target from each team. And we still have half an hour left to play!
    • 61' Drogba's power is almost enough to see him through two defenders but he is tackled at the vital moment. It was a great run to take Malouda's diagonal ball on his chest.
    • 60' Ivanovic picks out Malouda - one of five Chelsea players in the box - but the Frenchman miscues his volley.
    • 59' Zuniga seems to slide in too early on Sturridge but somehow emerges with the ball on the edge of the box. Chelsea building some pressure now.
    • 58' Ivanovic's long throw is headed on by Drogba and Mata's volley is too close to De Sanctis.
    • 57' Sturridge appears to hold on tot he ball too long but his cross somehow makes it through to Drogba. The big Chelsea forward's touch is heavy and the ball runs away from him.
    • 56' Cahill gets a booking on his Champions League debut for a late foul on Lavezzi. That was a rough sliding tackle.
    • 55' Cahill is sucked towards Cavani on the ball. The Uruguayan slips it into the space for Lavezzi who fires wide of the far post! that could prove a big miss for Napoli.
    • 54' Another strike at goal for Chelsea, this time from Mata. Sturridge wanted it out wide.
    • 53' Chelsea haven’t won back-to-back Champions League games since November 2010.
    • 52' Quite incredible how end-to-end this match has become. Surely it won't end at just 2-1, will it?
    • 51' Malouda is allowed to turn and shoot from around the same spot which Lavezzi scored in the first half, but this effort is a regulation stop for De Sanctis.
    • 50' Napoli clear the corner and they can counter. Cavani waits an age before he finally gets fed on the left. His low strike is right at Cech who hold on to the ball. Cavani had options in the box but went for goal instead.
    • 49' Zuniga's surge forward fizzles out and Chelsea can counter. Napoli regroup and Mata's shot is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 47' Nice play from Hamsik in thecentre circle to keep possession for Napoli, but the move comes to nothing.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • HT Josh Hawkins (Ginger_Joshy): "i reckon chelsea will equalize but cavani will score again 3-2 i reckon it'll finish"
    • HT Jhαic Villαnuevα (JM_Vilanueva14): "2nd goal was handball, Chelsea always get cheated in the champs league, still remember the helsea - barcelona 2009"
    • 45+4' Ivanovic, perhaps trying to make up for his error, goes on a surging run and gets to the edge of the box before he is tackled, and that's the end of the half! What a half that was! Let me know your thoughts on Twitter @tony_mabert.
    • 45+3' Cavani's fifth goal of the competition came after Ivanovic was caught ball-watching at a vital time.
    • 45+2' GOAL!! NAPOLI 2-1 CHELSEA!! Inler's cross from the right bounces in front of Ivanovic and Cavani steals in to knock it past Cech!
    • 45+1' We are in the first of three minutes to be added to the end of the first half.
    • 45' Gargano takes a free-kick for Napoli. He knocks it short and square to Gokhan Inler, whose strike from range is way over the bar.
    • 44' No English club have ever won at Napoli in European competition (two draws and two defeats).
    • 43' Napoli looking panicked at the back as a hopeful ball from Malouda is hastily dealt with.
    • 41' Meireles will now miss the second leg after he collects his third booking of the competition.
    • 41' Somehow Ramires is allowed to waltz through the Napoli back line and get his shot away, but he blazes his strike over the bar!
    • 40' While Campagnaro is again having that wound in his head patched up, Cavani gets a booking from referee Carlos Velasco Carballo. Not sure what that was for.
    • 39' That's Lavezzi's sixth goal for Napoli this season, and his first in Europe.
    • 38' GOAL!! NAPOLI 1-1 CHELSEA!! Cavani turns and squares the ball across to Lavezzi, who turns past Meireles and bends a lovely finish around Cech and into the net!
    • 36' Mata swings the corner in. De Sanctis comes for it but David Luiz gets there first and heads over the bar!
    • 35' The dleivery again does not get into the box. Chelsea can break as Sturridge is sent scampering away down the right. Mata is screaming for it early but Sturridge goes it alone and wins a corner.
    • 34' Napoli adjusting to the onus suddenly being put upon them. Maggio wins a free-kick off Malouda. Lavezzi will send it in from the left.
    • 33' Zuniga tries to jink his way into the Chelsea box but Ivanovic is a big obstacle to get around.
    • 31' The Blues have won just three of their six previous Champions League matches this season despite having taken the lead in all six games.
    • 30' Mata is seen to by the Chelsea medics after getting clattered by two Napoli defenders, but he is fine to continue and rejoins the game.
    • 28' That's Mata's ninth goal for Chelsea this season, and his first ever away from home for them.
    • 27' GOAL!! NAPOLI 0-1 CHELSEA!! Cannavaro slices his attempted clearance and it lands right at the feet of Mata, who slots past De Sanctis to give Chelsea the lead!
    • 26' Maggio's cross from the right is overhit, but Ivanovic doesn't take any risks and heads it out. Cavani heads wide of the near post from the corner.
    • 25' Chelsea’s only win in 10 European away matches on Italian soil came against Lazio in November 2003 (4-0).
    • 24' Some good possession in the Napoli half from Chelsea now. The home side seem happy to invite them on, as you would be with the likes of Lavezzi and Cavani to hit you on the break.
    • 23' Cech punches Hamsik's corner away and Chelsea get a throw-in.
    • 22' Cynical block on Salvatore Aronica by Didier Drogba as he stops the Napoli man's progress out wide. Napoli's pressure leads to a corner.
    • 21' Chelsea play the ball across the Napoli half, but Branislav Ivanovic's cross is a poor one with no real target.
    • 19' Marek Hamsik slips a ball down the right channel and Christian Maggio bursts into the box. He aims for the far top corner but Cech makes the fingertip save!
    • 18' Chaotic scenes at the back for Napoli as De Sanctis comes way out of his goal but decides not to catch Cech's long punt forward. Malouda is almost gifted with an open goal but Campagnaro is there to cover.
    • 17' Lavezzi takes the kick himself, but can't make it through the bodies in the area and Chelsea clear.
    • 16' Mata fouls Lavezzi with a little trip as the Argentinian went past him.
    • 14' That save from Cech on Cavani earlier was the first time a goalkeeper has saved a shot on target fromt he Napoli striker in this seasons' competition. He has previously scored with all four he has had.
    • 13' Poor touch from Ramires and Napoli pounce. Gargano feeds Lavezzi, who slips the ball into the path of Cavani... The striker's touch to take it around Cech is heavy, but the flag is up for offside in any case. Heart-stopping moment for Chelsea there.
    • 12' Chelsea substitution: Ashley Cole replaces Bosingwa.
    • 11' Campagnaro is back on the pitch, by the way, with some rather unconventional head dressing. He looks like he's been caught midway through donning his mummy costume for Halloween.
    • 10' Well, after being named on the bench, it looks as though Ashley Cole might just play after all. Bosingwa is down, apparently suffering from what looks like hamstring problem.
    • 9' Lavezzi spreads it wide to Cavani is loads of space. The flag stays down and Cech makes a low save from the Uruguayan! Far too much space down the right for the striker.
    • 8' Cavani si caught just a fraction offside as he races after another ball over the top. The Chelsea high line will be in for an examination by the looks of it.
    • 7' Napoli are temporarily down to 10 men as Hugo Campagnaro recieves further treatment off the field.
    • 6' Two players have gone down after colliding at that corner. They are both receiving treatment on the pitch now.
    • 5' Lavezzi motors up the field in chase of a long ball from Paolo Cannavaro, but Petr Cech is off his line quickly to intercept at the expense of a corner.
    • 4' Florent Malouda wins a free-kick after being manhandled by Walter Gargano. They cannot make anything of the set piece.
    • 3' Whistles ring out around the ground as soon as Juan Mata brings the ball forward for Chelsea's first foray forward. Jose Bosingwa's cross is caught with ease by Morgan De Sanctis.
    • 2' Ezeuqiel Lavezzi plays a one-two on the edge of the box, but he is quickly crowded out by Chelsea's defenders.
    • 1' Napoli kick off and we're underway in Naples!
    • 19:44 In keeping with the Italian theme of this evening, I have just devoured a massive plate of pasta to give me energy for what could be a landmark fixture in the Chelsea career of Andre Villas-Boas.
    • 19:42 We are just moments from kick-off now. The players are heading out on to the pitch. You can share your thoughts on the match, Villas-Boas's team selection or anything else you like with me via Twitter @tony_mabert.
    • 19:40 Chelsea really have a battle on their hands tonight: as well as their poor away form in the Champions League, they're heading to a stadium which has recently been impregnable. The last overseas club to win at the San Paolo was Eintracht Frankfurt in 1994!
    • 19:35 No question as to who is the danger men are for Napoli: Edinson Cavani, who has 16 goals in his last 18 matches, and a playmaker Ezequiel Lavezzi. VIDEO - Lavezzi: I'm not Maradona
    • 19:30 Tonight's ref is Spaniard Carlos Velasco Carballo.
    • 19:25 So, no Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard or Fernando Torres in the starting line-up for the Blues. All three are on the bench, as are Mikel, Essien, Kalou and Turnbull.
    • 19:20 TEAMS: Napoli: De Sanctis, Aronica, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Maggio, Hamsik, Zuniga, Gargano, Inler, Cavani, Lavezzi. Subs: Rosati, Grava, Dossena, Dzemaili, Fernandez, Pandev, Britos //// Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Bosingwa, Ramires, Meireles, Malouda, Mata, Drogba, Sturridge. Subs: Turnbull, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Torres, Mikel, Kalou
    • 19:15 Chelsea will be without skipper John Terry today: his knee problem is refusing to go away, and he is set for a long spell out of the game. Shame they couldn't have squeezed a certain court case in while he's recuperating, eh? Injury sidelines Terry for two months
    • 19:10 Andre Villas-Boas, who will surely be fired if Chelsea lose to Napoli over two legs, sounds like a gambling addict trying to justify yet bet: "You need an extra mental push to feel that confidence in a different way, it comes with results and at the moment results are not happening so until you get out of that cycle with a win it perpetuates a bit. (We can win) because it's football and sometimes it happens just like that, how you least expect. Napoli is a strong team but we are a strong team."
    • 19:05 Napoli boss is not looking forward to facing a team who are in disarray: "We are in better shape than Chelsea going into this game, but they have champions who are accustomed to playing a certain level of game. On Tuesday they know that they cannot make a mistake, so will become unified and I doubt we’ll be facing a team in crisis."
    • 19:00 Two Blues players need to be particularly careful tonight: David Luiz and Raul Meireles will incur suspensions with their next yellow cards.
    • 18:55 Chelsea aren't good on the road in Europe: they won their group for the fifth time in six seasons without recording a victory on their travels. They drew at Valencia and Genk and lost at Leverkusen.
    • 18:50 Chelsea look set to be the last English team in the competition after Arsenal got humiliated last week. But can the Blues beat the side that knocked out Manchester City? Napoli v Chelsea: Head to head
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage as Chelsea begin their last-16 campaign in the Champions League.
  • Summary

    • 81' OFF THE LINE!! Great ball from Cavani to Hamsik in the box. The Slovakian sells his marker a dummy and squares across the six-yard box to Maggio at the far post, but Ashley Cole is there to block it!
    • 65' GOAL!! NAPOLI 3-1 CHELSEA!! Campagnaro's long ball is not dealt with by David Luiz and Cavani robs him of it. Cech is caught off his line and the Uruguayan lays it on a plate for Lavezzi to fire home his second of the game and Napoli's third!
    • 61' Drogba's power is almost enough to see him through two defenders but he is tackled at the vital moment. It was a great run to take Malouda's diagonal ball on his chest.
    • 55' Cahill is sucked towards Cavani on the ball. The Uruguayan slips it into the space for Lavezzi who fires wide of the far post! that could prove a big miss for Napoli.
    • 51' Malouda is allowed to turn and shoot from around the same spot which Lavezzi scored in the first half, but this effort is a regulation stop for De Sanctis.
    • 45+2' GOAL!! NAPOLI 2-1 CHELSEA!! Inler's cross from the right bounces in front of Ivanovic and Cavani steals in to knock it past Cech!
    • 41' Somehow Ramires is allowed to waltz through the Napoli back line and get his shot away, but he blazes his strike over the bar!
    • 38' GOAL!! NAPOLI 1-1 CHELSEA!! Cavani turns and squares the ball across to Lavezzi, who turns past Meireles and bends a lovely finish around Cech and into the net!
    • 36' Mata swings the corner in. De Sanctis comes for it but David Luiz gets there first and heads over the bar!
    • 27' GOAL!! NAPOLI 0-1 CHELSEA!! Cannavaro slices his attempted clearance and it lands right at the feet of Mata, who slots past De Sanctis to give Chelsea the lead!
    • 26' Maggio's cross from the right is overhit, but Ivanovic doesn't take any risks and heads it out. Cavani heads wide of the near post from the corner.
    • 19' Marek Hamsik slips a ball down the right channel and Christian Maggio bursts into the box. He aims for the far top corner but Cech makes the fingertip save!
    • 18' Chaotic scenes at the back for Napoli as De Sanctis comes way out of his goal but decides not to catch Cech's long punt forward. Malouda is almost gifted with an open goal but Campagnaro is there to cover.
    • 9' Lavezzi spreads it wide to Cavani is loads of space. The flag stays down and Cech makes a low save from the Uruguayan! Far too much space down the right for the striker.
    • 19:20 TEAMS: Napoli: De Sanctis, Aronica, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Maggio, Hamsik, Zuniga, Gargano, Inler, Cavani, Lavezzi. Subs: Rosati, Grava, Dossena, Dzemaili, Fernandez, Pandev, Britos //// Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Bosingwa, Ramires, Meireles, Malouda, Mata, Drogba, Sturridge. Subs: Turnbull, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Torres, Mikel, Kalou

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Napoli

    Manager: Nicolò Frustalupi

  • Chelsea

    Manager: André Villas-Boas

  • Line-up

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.2 5
      Defenders
      6.1 6
      5.4 5
      6.2 6
      Midfielders
      6.2 7
      6.3 6
      6.2 7
      6.1 6
      Strikers
      Substitution Out82′ 6.3 7
      Goals ×2 Substitution Out74′ 7.9 8
      Goal Yellow Card 7.6 8
      Subs
      Substitution In82′ 6.4 -
      Substitution In74′ 6.4 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6 7
      Defenders
      5.4 4
      Yellow Card 4.9 5
      4.9 4
      Substitution Out12′ 4.7 4
      Midfielders
      4.9 5
      Yellow Card Substitution Out70′ 4.8 5
      5.4 6
      Goal 6.5 7
      Substitution Out70′ 5.2 6
      Strikers
      6 6
      Subs
      Substitution In12′ 4.9 6
      Substitution In70′ 4.8 6
      Substitution In70′ 5 6

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