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San Paolo (ATT 15,000) 6th December 2012 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: M Dean

Napoli Napoli vs PSV Eindhoven PSV

Napoli 1

E Cavani (18)

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PSV 3

T Matavz (30, 42, 60)

Matavz the man for PSV

Last Updated: 06/12/12 8:55pm

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Edinson Cavani looks to get clear of Marcelo

Edinson Cavani looks to get clear of Marcelo

Tim Matavz hit a hat-trick to ensure already-eliminated PSV Eindhoven ended their Europa League Group F campaign on a high with 3-1 win over Napoli in Italy.

Edison Cavani had given the hosts an early lead in a match that made little difference with the Italians also confirmed as heading through to the knockout stages in the runners-up slot.

Heading into the game on the back of three successive losses and having long since seen their Group F qualification hopes ended, PSV could hardly have travelled to Italy full of confidence.

And unsurprisingly it was the Italians, who in complete contrast came into the match having won three straight, who started best with Bruno Uvini flashing a sixth-minute shot just wide.

Eduardo Vargas and Hugo Campagnaro also came close before the seemingly inevitable opener arrived in the 18th minute when Marco Donadel set up Cavani to slide home the ball from 12 yards.

But Matavz served notice of his intent when he headed just wide three minutes later in the first chance for PSV, and he grabbed the equaliser just before the half-hour when he followed up after a long-range shot by Memphis Depay rebounded off the post.

Cavani could have put Napoli back in front almost immediately, then PSV keeper Boy Waterman was forced to save with his feet to deny Vargas as the Italians responded well to their setback.

But PSV went ahead five minutes before the break when Matavz grabbed his second, again following up from close range after Cristian Maggio's initial effort had been parried by Antonio Rosati.

Andrea Dossena brought a fine save out of Waterman just before the break and Cavani came close early in the second half, but PSV continued to have the better chances with a Depay strike brilliantly tipped over by Rosati.

Matavz completed his hat-trick when he converted a Depay cross on the hour mark, and PSV stood firm in the face of plenty of Napoli pressure to wrap up only their second win of a forgettable group phase.

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2 Borussia Monchengladbach 0 0
3 FC Zurich 0 0
4 Villarreal 0 0

Europa League Group B

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Club Brugge 0 0
2 FC Copenhagen 0 0
3 HJK Helsinki 0 0
4 Torino 0 0

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Asteras Tripoli 0 0
2 Besiktas 0 0
3 Partizan Belgrade 0 0
4 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 0 0
2 Dinamo Zagreb 0 0
3 FC Astra Ploiesti 0 0
4 Red Bull Salzburg 0 0

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Moscow 0 0
2 Estoril 0 0
3 PSV Eindhoven 0 0
4 Panathinaikos 0 0

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dnipro 0 0
2 Karabakh-Azersun 0 0
3 Inter Milan 0 0
4 St Etienne 0 0

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Feyenoord 0 0
2 Rijeka 0 0
3 Sevilla 0 0
4 Standard Liege 0 0

Europa League Group H

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Everton 0 0
2 Krasnodar 0 0
3 Lille 0 0
4 Wolfsburg 0 0

Europa League Group I

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Napoli 0 0
2 SK Slovan Bratislava 0 0
3 Sparta Prague 0 0
4 BSC Young Boys Bern 0 0

Europa League Group J

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Aalborg BK 0 0
2 Dynamo Kiev 0 0
3 Rio Ave 0 0
4 FC Steaua Bucuresti 0 0

Europa League Group K

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Dinamo Minsk 0 0
2 Fiorentina 0 0
3 Guingamp 0 0
4 PAOK Salonika 0 0

Europa League Group L

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Pos Team P Pts
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2 Legia Warsaw 0 0
3 Lokeren SNW 0 0
4 Trabzonspor 0 0

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