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Cavani catapults Napoli past stunned Steaua

Published: Wednesday 15 December 2010, 23.10CET
SSC Napoli 1-0 FC Steaua Bucureşti
The visitors were left crestfallen as Edinson Cavani's 93rd-minute winner sent the Italian side through at the Romanian club's expense.
by John Atkin
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Cavani catapults Napoli past stunned Steaua 
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NapoliSteaua

Goals scored1
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
5
Red cards1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
1
Attempts off target8
 
3
Corners8
 
1
Fouls committed9
 
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Published: Wednesday 15 December 2010, 23.10CET

Cavani catapults Napoli past stunned Steaua

SSC Napoli 1-0 FC Steaua Bucureşti
The visitors were left crestfallen as Edinson Cavani's 93rd-minute winner sent the Italian side through at the Romanian club's expense.

Edinson Cavani once again proved the scourge of FC Steaua Bucureşti as his 93rd-minute winner sent SSC Napoli through to the UEFA Europa League round of 32 at their visitors' expense.

The game looked up for the Partenopei, needing victory to steal second in Group K, when Cavani's shot came back off the upright with seven minutes remaining. Yet the striker who struck in the eighth minute of added time as Napoli came from 3-0 down in the reverse fixture repeated the feat here, rising at the near post to head in from a corner. Even Paolo Cannavaro's subsequent dismissal could not temper their joy.

Steaua have therefore not beaten Italian opposition in 13 attempts but none can hurt more than this. Marius Lăcătuş's side ended the game as they had started it: on the defensive. The hosts gave them little option, packing the midfield, showing purpose and, on ten minutes, almost forging ahead when Marek Hamšík lobbed a fine first-time pass into the path of Cavani. The Uruguay striker's finish, high over the bar, did not do justice to a man with 20 goals to his name this season.

Yet for all Napoli's possession and Hamšík's guile it was Steaua who posed the greater threat on the counterattack. Only poor control from Ricardo Gomes halted the Brazilian's run on goal and, on half-time, Geraldo Alves headed straight at Morgan De Sanctis after a searching free-kick. The goalkeeper's opposite number, Ciprian Tătăruşanu had to wait until seven minutes into the second period for his first meaningful intervention, smothering at Cavani's feet.

Tătăruşanu was less convincing against an innocuous enough Hamšík free-kick even if the Partenopei, so dominant, were still not really bearing their attacking teeth. Napoli, though, can never be written off and when Hamšík whipped in his added-time corner, Cavani provided the telling moment.

Last updated: 16/12/10 23.15CET

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Quotes

  • Edinson Cavani

    "We knew how hard it was going to be but we never lost faith and fought right until the end"

  • Andrea Dossena

    "We do not limit ourselves. We saw tonight what happens when we give our all, every drop of sweat"

Lineups

napoli

Napoli

steaua

Steaua

26
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
3
VitaleLuigi Vitale
Substitution79'
7
SzékelyJános Székely
Yellow Card11'
Substitution90+4'
5
PazienzaMichele Pazienza
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
6
AronicaSalvatore Aronica
18
MartinovićNovak Martinović
Yellow Card90+6'
7
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Goal90+3'
20
AngelovStanislav Angelov
Substitution89'
14
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
Substitution52'
21
Ricardo GomesRicardo Gomes
Yellow Card76'
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
23
Geraldo AlvesGeraldo Alves
18
ZúñigaJuan Camilo Zúñiga
Yellow Card90+4'
24
SurduRomeo Surdu
Yellow Card81'
21
YebdaHassan Yebda
Substitution68'
28
StancuBogdan Stancu (C)
28
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro (C)
Yellow Card76'
Red Card90+6'
29
Éder BonfimÉder Bonfim
Yellow Card66'

Substitutes

1
IezzoGennaro Iezzo (GK)
33
LunguCezar Lungu (GK)
2
GravaGianluca Grava
3
EmegharaIfeanyi Emeghara
8
DossenaAndrea Dossena
Substitution79'
4
AbrudanOctavian Abrudan
12
Nicolao DumitruNicolao Dumitru
Substitution68'
8
RăduţMihai Răduţ
Substitution89'
13
SantacroceFabiano Santacroce
26
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
Substitution65'
77
SosaJosé Ernesto Sosa
Substitution52'
91
MateiCosmin Matei
Substitution90+4'
80
BlasiManuele Blasi

Coach

Nicolo Frustalupi (ITA) Marius Lacatus (ROU)

Referee

Pavel Kralovec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Miroslav Zlamal (CZE), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Radek Matejek (CZE), Tomas Kocourek (CZE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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