Swansea City were denied victory by fine goalkeeping as they were held to a goalless draw by Napoli in the round of 32 first leg.

The home side impressed in an entertaining first half with visiting keeper Rafael Cabral denying Wilfried Bony, Wayne Routledge and Angel Rangel.

Swansea deserved a goal but the injured Rafael's replacement Pepe Reina also denied Ashley Williams and Routledge.

The second leg takes place next Thursday in Italy.

Swansea head coach Garry Monk, in charge for only his fourth match since replacing Michael Laudrup, described the game as the biggest test of his fledgling coaching career.

Monk was up against the experienced Rafael Benitez, who led Chelsea to Europa League success last season having previously managed Valencia to a Uefa Cup win in 2004.

The Italians looked dangerous early on when Jose Callejon dragged his effort wide of Michel Vorm's post within the opening three minutes.

Vorm denied Marek Hamsik before opposite number Rafael made an equally good save to deny Nathan Dyer in what was a frenetic start to the game.

Bony unleashed a shot from the edge of the area but his effort flew wide of the post and Dyer's cross from the right eluded the Ivorian.

Swansea midfielder Jose Canas battles for the ball with Gokhan Inler

Swansea midfielder Jose Canas battles for the ball with Gokhan Inler

Swansea were playing with confidence and purpose, encapsulated by a move in which their top-scorer Bony came close to breaking the deadlock.

Pablo Hernandez threaded a pinpoint pass to the feet of the striker, who took too much time on the ball which allowed Rafael to make the save.

There was no respite for the Napoli defence with Jose Canas firing over the crossbar and the unmarked Williams heading over following Hernandez's corner.

Keeper Rafael was kept busy, getting a fingertip to Routledge's long-range drive before tipping full-back Rangel's header over the bar from the resulting corner.

Brazilian Rafael did not reappear for the second half after picking up an injury and he was replaced by on-loan Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina.

Napoli made a promising start with Gonzalo Higuain cleverly played in by Callejon but Vorm came off his line quickly and the Argentine striker fired over the bar.

Callejon got the better of Ben Davies before unleashing a curling effort wide of the post but the second half was not played at the same high tempo of the first 45 minutes.

Swansea had offered little in the second half until captain Williams' powerful header from substitute Jonathan de Guzman's excellent delivery was beaten away by Reina.

De Guzman wasted a free-kick from a promising position, firing over the crossbar, before Reina palmed away Routledge's curling shot as Swansea stepped up the pressure.

Another chance went begging as the game entered the final six minutes, the unmarked Chico Flores heading straight at Reina after connecting with De Guzman's free-kick.

Swansea's efforts deserved a goal but their performance against the side currently third in Serie A will have given them confidence ahead of next Thursday's daunting second leg in Naples.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Swansea City

  • 01 Vorm
  • 22 Rangel
  • 33 Davies
  • 07 Britton
  • 04 Chico
  • 06 Williams
  • 12 Dyer (Emnes - 79' )
  • 21 Cañas (Shelvey - 71' )
  • 10 Bony
  • 11 Hernández Booked (De Guzmán - 56' Booked )
  • 15 Routledge

Substitutes

  • 02 Amat
  • 03 Taylor
  • 08 Shelvey
  • 20 De Guzmán
  • 25 Tremmel
  • 54 Ngog
  • 57 Emnes

Napoli

  • 01 Barbosa (Reina - 45' )
  • 11 Maggio Booked
  • 02 Réveillere
  • 88 Inler
  • 04 Adriano Buss
  • 05 Britos
  • 07 Callejón
  • 20 Dzemaili
  • 09 Higuaín (Pandev - 84' )
  • 17 Hamsik Booked
  • 24 Insigne Booked (Mertens - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 14 Mertens
  • 19 Pandev
  • 25 Reina
  • 31 Ghoulam
  • 33 Albiol
  • 85 Behrami
  • 91 Zapata
Ref: Ivan Bebek

Match Stats

Shots

21 9

On target

8 1

Corners

8 3

Fouls

12 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Swansea City 0, Napoli 0.

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Swansea City 0, Napoli 0.

90:00 +1:19

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Napoli) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Christian Maggio with a cross.

90:00 +0:32

Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).

90:00 +0:32

Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:39

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:39

Foul by Henrique (Napoli).

87:16

Hand ball by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

85:33

Marvin Emnes (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:33

Foul by Anthony Réveillere (Napoli).

84:54

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

83:57 Booking

Booking Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:45

Foul by Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City).

83:45

José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:27

Attempt saved. Chico (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán.

83:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Napoli. Goran Pandev replaces Gonzalo Higuaín.

82:22

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:22

Foul by Gökhan Inler (Napoli).

81:40

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

78:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Marvin Emnes replaces Nathan Dyer because of an injury.

78:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76:31

Delay in match Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) because of an injury.

76:00

Attempt missed. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

75:57

Attempt saved. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a through ball.

73:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Napoli. Dries Mertens replaces Lorenzo Insigne.

73:26

Attempt blocked. Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne.

72:10

Attempt missed. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

71:45 Booking

Booking Marek Hamsik (Napoli) is shown the yellow card.

70:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Jonjo Shelvey replaces José Cañas.

70:22 Booking

Booking Christian Maggio (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:18

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:18

Foul by Christian Maggio (Napoli).

69:07

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

69:07

Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:17

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

68:17

Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:41

Foul by José Cañas (Swansea City).

67:41

Gökhan Inler (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:08

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Christian Maggio.

66:03

Attempt saved. Ashley Williams (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán with a cross.

65:17

Ben Davies (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:17

Dangerous play by Henrique (Napoli).

63:15

Attempt missed. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marek Hamsik.

61:39

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:39

Foul by Henrique (Napoli).

61:25

Attempt blocked. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by José Callejón.

60:24

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:24

Foul by Miguel Britos (Napoli).

59:51

Foul by Leon Britton (Swansea City).

59:51

Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:34 Booking

Booking Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) is shown the yellow card.

58:19

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:19

Foul by Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli).

58:03

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:03

Foul by Henrique (Napoli).

57:29

Attempt missed. Angel Rangel (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

56:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Jonathan De Guzmán replaces Pablo Hernández.

55:15 Booking

Booking Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

55:11

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Swansea City).

55:11

Marek Hamsik (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:05

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Britton.

51:01

Attempt missed. Chico (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

49:04

Attempt missed. Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

48:24

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marek Hamsik.

46:02

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.

45:00

Second Half begins Swansea City 0, Napoli 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Napoli. José Reina replaces Rafael Cabral because of an injury.

45:00 +3:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Swansea City 0, Napoli 0.

45:00 +1:59

Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:59

Foul by Miguel Britos (Napoli).

45:00 +0:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

44:19

Delay in match Rafael Cabral (Napoli) because of an injury.

43:01

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Rafael Cabral.

43:00

Attempt saved. Angel Rangel (Swansea City) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross.

42:23

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Rafael Cabral.

42:21

Attempt saved. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by José Cañas.

41:46

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

41:46

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

39:46

Attempt missed. Ashley Williams (Swansea City) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross following a corner.

39:34

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Rafael Cabral.

38:58

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Anthony Réveillere.

38:30

Offside, Napoli. Rafael Cabral tries a through ball, but Gonzalo Higuaín is caught offside.

37:27

Attempt blocked. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

36:29

Attempt missed. José Cañas (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

36:03

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:03

Foul by Anthony Réveillere (Napoli).

30:51

Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross.

29:38

Leon Britton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:38

Foul by Marek Hamsik (Napoli).

27:38

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Ben Davies.

26:28

Offside, Swansea City. Leon Britton tries a through ball, but Wayne Routledge is caught offside.

23:55

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

23:55

Marek Hamsik (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

22:50

Delay in match Rafael Cabral (Napoli) because of an injury.

22:08

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Rafael Cabral.

22:06

Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a through ball.

19:58

Hand ball by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

18:57

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:57

Foul by Miguel Britos (Napoli).

18:01

Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).

18:01

José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:33

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Dyer with a cross.

10:42

José Cañas (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:42

Foul by Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli).

9:52

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

9:03

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leon Britton.

6:23

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Henrique.

5:50

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Rafael Cabral.

5:49

Attempt saved. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

4:52

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne with a cross following a corner.

4:24

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Michel Vorm.

4:21

Attempt saved. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by José Callejón.

2:32

Attempt missed. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gökhan Inler.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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