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El Madrigal (ATT 18,500) 7th December 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Oddvar Moen

Villarreal Villarreal vs Napoli Napoli

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Napoli 2

G Inler (65)
M Hamsik (77)

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Napoli reach last 16

Victory over Villarreal in Spain sees Partenopei through

Last Updated: 07/12/11 10:32pm

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Gokhan Inler: Swiss midfielder celebrates after giving Napoli the lead against Villarreal

Gokhan Inler: Swiss midfielder celebrates after giving Napoli the lead against Villarreal

Second-half goals from Gokhan Inler and Marek Hamsik propelled Napoli to a 2-0 victory over Villarreal in Spain and saw them through to the UEFA Champions League last 16.

Inler put the Italian club ahead in their final Group A game at El Madrigal in the 65th minute when he unleashed a brilliant shot from outside the Yellow Submarine's penalty box after being released by Marek Hamsik.

And 11 minutes later Hamsik himself found the target with a simple tap-in from close range following a corner that helped the Partenopei finish runners-up in the group behind Bayern Munich and ahead of Manchester City.

Barren

Villarreal had lost all five games in the group before the game, going down 2-0 in the reverse fixture in Italy, and were on the backfoot early on.

Juan Zuniga stung the hands of home goalkeeper Diego Lopez with a right-footed effort from 12 yards.

Despite having nothing more than pride to play for, the Spanish team were determined to make things as difficult as possible for Napoli, and Marco Ruben's effort following a Hernan Perez pass deflected off the post.

The Italian side's potent strike pairing of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani were receiving little service, with their side's need for a goal getting urgent as City went ahead against already qualified Bayern.

Ruben brought a parry out of visiting keeper Morgan de Sanctis with a long-range effort at the start of the second half before Inler eased Napoli nerves.

Drilled

Minutes after sending a 30-yard shot wide of the post, the Swiss midfielder received the ball from Hamsik 20 yards out and drilled a left-footed shot into the bottom-right corner in the 65th minute.

Diego Lopez then produced a fine double save, first pushing out a Hamsik corner and then turning away a Lavezzi follow-up, as Napoli looked for the cushion of a second goal and it arrived 13 minutes from time.

Hamsik poked the ball home from close range after Lavezzi's ball in had created a goalmouth scramble.

With the points and their place in the next round safe, the visitors could afford to ease off in the closing stages and De Sanctis was called on to parry away a Gonzalo Rodriguez effort from the edge of the area to preserve Napoli's clean sheet.

VillarrealTeam StatisticsNapoli
0Goals2
01st Half Goals0
2Shots on Target5
4Shots off Target4
0Blocked Shots3
5Corners14
20Fouls17
2Offsides3
4Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
82.3Passing Success78.7
14Tackles23
85.7Tackles Success82.6
51.7Possession48.3
48.4Territorial Advantage51.6
441Total Passes409
21Total Crosses30
162Lost Balls161
61Recoveries60
01st Half Poss.0
02nd Half Poss.0

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