Italian Serie A
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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

  • 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

  • 1Brkic
  • 75HeurtauxSubstituted forReginaldo de Matosat 68'minutes
  • 34Antunes da Silva
  • 3Marques Loureiro
  • 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

Match ends, Napoli 3, Udinese 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Napoli 3, Udinese 3.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Maicosuel.

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

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Allan.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Maurizio Domizzi (Udinese).

Foul by Gökhan Inler (Napoli).

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

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

Foul by Maicosuel (Udinese).

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

Dangerous play by Andrea Lazzari (Udinese).

Substitution

Substitution, Udinese. Naldo replaces Bruno Fernandes.

Foul by José Callejón (Napoli).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Pablo Armero replaces Anthony Réveillere.

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.

Attempt blocked. Andrea Lazzari (Udinese) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Dusan Basta (Udinese) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maicosuel with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Udinese. Piotr Zielinski replaces Nico López.

Corner, Udinese. Conceded by Raúl Albiol.

Attempt blocked. Maicosuel (Udinese) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrea Lazzari.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Valon Behrami replaces Blerim Dzemaili.

Offside, Udinese. Maurizio Domizzi tries a through ball, but Bruno Fernandes is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Danilo (Udinese) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andrea Lazzari with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli).

Roberto Pereyra (Udinese) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Allan (Udinese).

Attempt saved. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Dries Mertens replaces Goran Pandev.

Offside, Udinese. Maicosuel tries a through ball, but Roberto Pereyra is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Maicosuel (Udinese) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrea Lazzari.

Goal!

Goal! Napoli 3, Udinese 2. Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Goran Pandev.

Goal!

Goal! Napoli 2, Udinese 2. Bruno Fernandes (Udinese) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal.

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