Napoli XI (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Allan, Jorginho(Diawara 80’), Hamsik(Zielinski 70’); Callejon(Rog 73’), Mertens, Insigne
Feyenoord XI (4-3-1-2): Jones; Diks, St. Juste, Tapia(Van Beek 78’), Haps; Amrabat, El Ahmadi, Vilhena; Toornstra(Basacikoglu 69’); Berghuis(Larsson 86’), Boetius
Goals: Insigne 7’, Mertens 49’, Callejon 70’, Amrabat 90’
Napoli would start the game brightly, and Mertens very early was denied a Penalty claim after Tapia took him down in the box.
But we wouldn’t have to wait long for a Napoli goal. Insigne pick-pocketed the ball, and took a clean low driven strike to the right of jones to give the Partenopei an early lead.
From there, it was mostly sloppy from Napoli in the first half. Maybe a bit of slack play combined with taking the foot off the gas a bit.
Much like the first half, it didnt take us long to get on the scoreboard in the second half. A nice interception by Ghoulam set up Mertens on a 1v1 against Brad Jones, and the diminutive Belgian would not miss his chance as he just slid it underneath a diving Jones to give Napoli a 2-goal lead.
Toornstra would get a chance to bring Feyenoord within one after Berghuis was brought down in the box. However, Pepe Reina would guess the right way and saved the pen. Then, within a minute, Napoli would score after a beautiful through ball from Mertens sent Callejon in on the right, and he would shoot all the way across goal putting it past Jones.
Feyenoord would get a consolation, however. Amrabat split Koulibaly and Maksimovic and slid one past Reina on the last kick of the game.
Reina – 7.0 – Reina was very good when called upon today, making 2-3 solid saves, and a penalty save.
Hysaj – 6.0 – Pretty straight forward day for the Albanian. Did he job well on the Right
Maksimovic – 6.5 – A nice showing from Maksimovic today. Confidence seems to be growing, and we’ll need it since K2 will be out v Man City
Koulibaly – 6.5 – Got a lame yellow, which will see him miss the next match v man City, but was a house today.
Ghoulam – 6.5 – Made a key interception leading to Napoli’s second goal, and was his usual handful going forward on the left.
Allan – 7.0 – Allan was in beast mode today. Disrupting
Jorginho(Diawara 80’) – 5.5 – Very quiet day for Jorginho today; was tidy and covered a ton of ground, but not one of those huge games for him.
Hamsik(Zielinski 70’) – 5.5 – Capitano, where are you?
Callejon(Rog 73’) – 6.0 – Callejon was Callejon today, and was actually subbed off(!).
Mertens – 7.0 – Mertens was lively and bagged a goal and an assist today. Another good performance from “Ciro”.
Insigne – 7.5 – Insigne was our driving force in the first half. Scored the first goal of the game and really was a handful. tailed off a bit in the second half but was still very good.
Zielinski – Played well in his 20 minutes. Still say he seems a bit better than Hamsik at the moment.
Rog – Did pretty well in a mop up role for Callejon
Diawara – N/A