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Napoli 3-3 Udinese

Rafael Benitez

Napoli prepared for Wednesday's crucial Champions League visit of Arsenal by losing the lead twice to draw with Udinese in Serie A.

Rafael Benitez's men need to beat the Gunners by three clear goals to avoid exiting Europe's top club competition.

Goran Pandev scored twice for the hosts with Blerim Dzemaili restoring their lead after the break.

Dusan Basta levelled late on, after an own goal from Federico Fernandez and a Bruno Fernandes strike for Udinese.

The draw leaves Napoli third in Serie A, eight points behind leaders Juventus and two behind Roma.

Napoli, who lost 2-0 at Arsenal in October, went ahead with a quick-fire Pandev double against the run of play towards the end of the first half.

The Macedonia forward first prodded home from close range after Fernandez's knock down on 38 minutes.

And, despite Udinese having created the better early chances, Pandev doubled the lead just three minutes later when he fired into the net on the turn, after Gonzalo Higuain's run and cross.

The visitors were given hope on the stroke of half time when Fernandez turned Maurizio Domizzi's downward header into his own net.

Udinese were level through Fernandes' brilliant dipping 25-yard shot, but Dzemaili put the hosts ahead again a minute later after Higuain's shot was saved.

The visitors were not to be denied though as defender Dusan Basta scored from close range following a corner.

Line-ups

Napoli

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Barbosa
  • 11Maggio
  • 2RéveillereSubstituted forArmeroat 81'minutes
  • 88Inler
  • 21FernándezBooked at 48mins
  • 33AlbiolBooked at 36mins
  • 7Callejón
  • 20DzemailiBooked at 75minsSubstituted forBehramiat 78'minutes
  • 9Higuaín
  • 19PandevBooked at 52minsSubstituted forMertensat 74'minutes
  • 24Insigne

Substitutes

  • 3Uvini
  • 14Mertens
  • 15Colombo
  • 22Radosevic
  • 25Reina
  • 27Armero
  • 28Cannavaro
  • 85Behrami
  • 91Zapata

Udinese

Formation 4-3-2-1

  • 1Brkic
  • 75HeurtauxSubstituted forReginaldo de Matosat 68'minutes
  • 34Antunes da Silva
  • 3Allan
  • 5Larangeira
  • 11DomizziBooked at 89mins
  • 21Lazzari
  • 8Basta
  • 17LópezSubstituted forZielinskiat 80'minutes
  • 37Pereyra
  • 32Bruno FernandesBooked at 62minsSubstituted forGomes Pereiraat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Gomes Pereira
  • 6Bubnjic
  • 7Badu
  • 14Mlinar
  • 18Alves dos Santos
  • 19dos Santos Justino de Melo
  • 27Widmer
  • 30Kelava
  • 52Merkel
  • 66Pinzi
  • 70Reginaldo de Matos
  • 94Zielinski
Referee:
Andrea Gervasoni

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamUdinese
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home12
Away17
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home10
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Napoli 3, Udinese 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Napoli 3, Udinese 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Maicosuel.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Napoli. Pablo Armero tries a through ball, but Federico Fernández is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Allan.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Pablo Armero.

  7. Booking

    Maurizio Domizzi (Udinese) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Christian Maggio (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Maurizio Domizzi (Udinese).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Gökhan Inler (Napoli).

  11. Post update

    Allan (Udinese) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Valon Behrami (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Maicosuel (Udinese).

  14. Post update

    Valon Behrami (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Dangerous play by Andrea Lazzari (Udinese).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Udinese. Naldo replaces Bruno Fernandes.

  17. Post update

    Foul by José Callejón (Napoli).

  18. Post update

    Gabriel Silva (Udinese) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Pablo Armero replaces Anthony Réveillere.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Napoli 3, Udinese 3. Dusan Basta (Udinese) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

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