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Napoli 0-1 Arsenal (agg: 0-3_: Europa League quarter-final, second leg – while it happened

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Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal is congratulated by his teammates.
Photograph: James Marsh/BPI/REX/Shutterstock


Scott Murray

Thu 18 Apr 2019 17.19?EDT

First published on Thu 18 Apr 2019 14.00?EDT

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  • 4.54pm EDT
    16:54
    FULL TIME: Napoli 0-1 Arsenal (agg: 0-3)


  • 5.07pm EDT
    17:07
    Post-match player interviews


  • 3.53pm EDT
    15:53
    HALF TIME: Napoli 0-1 Arsenal (agg: 0-3)


  • 3.38pm EDT
    15:38
    GOAL! Napoli 0-1 Arsenal (Lacazette 36); agg 0-3


  • 2.01pm EDT
    14:01
    The teams


  • 10.06am EDT
    10:06
    Preamble




5.19pm EDT
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Amy Lawrence was with the Stadio San Paolo tonight. Her report recently landed, and here you go. Enjoy! Many thanks perusing this MBM. Nighty night!

Arsenal in Europa League semi-finals after Alexandre Lacazette sinks Napoli

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5.07pm EDT
17:07

Post-match player interviews

Laurent Koscielny: “We came here with ambition, we were going to win, to gain some goals. We did it, and kept a clean sheet at the same time, which happens to be very important for the confidence. It is necessary through all seasons. Were satisfied with qualification for that semi-final. Napoli have played in the Champions League in 2010, they’re a superb team, but we did work with them in the home. We fought together, it is great for the team.”

Alexandre Lacazette: “I happen to be practising that free do its stuff training. My team-mates trust me, and i am happy I scored it tonight.”


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5.04pm EDT
17:04

Arsenal’s opponent inside the semis will be Valencia, that have beaten Villarreal 2-0 (agg: 5-1). Meanwhile pity poor Rob ‘Fingers’ Smyth, who’s had a good goalfest to set of tonight, straight over back of last night’s lunacy within the Etihad: Chelsea made heavy work of Slavia Prague, beating them 4-3; that’s a 5-3 win for Maurizio Sarri’s side on aggregate. Smyth’s keyboard should be ground to dust. Chelsea will face Eintracht Frankfurt, who saw off Benfica 2-0 tonight, winning on away goals after the 4-4 aggregate draw. An all-England final in Azerbaijan is on!


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4.54pm EDT
16:54

FULL TIME: Napoli 0-1 Arsenal (agg: 0-3)

Nothing only occurs in added-on time, and that’s just great by Arsenal! They did several on Napoli tonight and thoroughly need to progress on the semi-finals from the Europa League!

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4.51pm EDT
16:51

90 min: A yellow card for Callejon, who needs a wild swipe at Kolasinac’s ankles. It will have three more minutes on this.


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4.49pm EDT
16:49

88 min: The clock ticks on. Everyone wants to look home.


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4.47pm EDT
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86 min: Incidentally, Elneny came on for Xhaka a few momemts ago.


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4.46pm EDT
16:46

85 min: Another Napoli corner. They’ve won an adequate amount of them, but none advisors have bothered Cech. This doesn’t either, Koulibaly’s header flashing well wide left.


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4.45pm EDT
16:45

83 min: Iwobi romps over the left and finds Aubameyang just inside. Mkhitaryan cost nothing within the box, but Aubameyang can’t see him. He plays the ball back to Iwobi, who curls powerfully round Meret and over throughout the post, his shot clattering back into the keeper. Nevertheless it’s immaterial, as the flag’s increased for offside.


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4.43pm EDT
16:43

82 min: Napoli win a large part nevertheless it’s a waste of time. “By Steven Hallett’s reckoning, if Arsenal go on to the South Sandwich Islands (7610 miles) they’ll win the planet Cup, Wimbledon, the Stanley Cup, the Masters, and 6 Nations, and many more besides,” suggests Andrew Benton. “Do balls spin the alternative strategies the Southern hemisphere?”


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4.42pm EDT
16:42

80 min: So with that said, Rui crosses in the left. Koscielny fresh-air swipes at his clearance, and Monreal, surprised and facing the wrong way, absolutely welts the ball straight at Cech. In other regions, knowning that would be a farcical own goal, nevertheless the keeper is capable of catch and spare his colleague’s blushes.


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4.40pm EDT
16:40

79 min: There really isn’t much going on. This has been an incredibly impressive performance from Arsenal, who’ve been the bosses of Napoli practically with the off.

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at 4.46pm EDT


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4.38pm EDT
16:38

77 min: Torreira is down having taken a whack upside the pinnacle. Ooyah oof.


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4.37pm EDT
16:37

76 min: Rui reaches the byline on the left but his cross is just too long. He’s been effective since starting.


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4.36pm EDT
16:36

74 min: Cech is booked for time-wasting, which seems slightly unnecessary considering the state of the tie.


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4.35pm EDT
16:35

73 min: Rui doesn’t take too long to have involved. He strides about the left and rolls a cross in to the feet of Milik, who should slam home from close range rather overruns the ball, which clanks off his ankle and harmlessly away.


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4.34pm EDT
16:34

71 min: Mario Rui occurs for Ghoulam. “Perhaps it is only Arsenal’s away form in England,” argues Steven Hallett. “By this logic, if all away games were played at least 1283.5 miles away (reported by Google, the space from Napoli to London) chances are they’ll would win the league. With this in mind, Arsenal must turn to Gibraltar. By doing this they might be inside Premier League being men and women an English territory, but also not endure the pandemonium them to suffer during the five-mile to less than 1283.5-mile range when playing away. Done. Next I’m off and away to deal with Man U. Saving Real Madrid for in a few days.”


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4.33pm EDT
16:33

69 min: Iwobi comes on for Lacazette. Here’s Matthew Turner: “Just to repeat and amplify Mac Millings’ confusion, Napoli can be quite a dangerous team and tend to be noted for scoring some nice goals. Arsenal are really a team that happen to be, uh … unknown for stopping other teams from scoring goals. What gives?”


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4.30pm EDT
16:30

67 min: Koulibaly arises for the header inside Arsenal box. Sokratis clears. Koulibaly falls over, and Koscielny accidentally stands on his head. Koulibaly springs up, furious, and takes Sokratis to work for it. Sokratis efforts to calm Koulibaly down. He eventually manages it, but it swallows a while.


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4.28pm EDT
16:28

65 min: Napoli require a few shots from various angles. None hit the mark.


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4.27pm EDT
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63 min: Insigne has positioned himself to the touchline, arms crossed tightly, watching the action. They are fuming. In terms of Younes … well now I cannot stop thinking about Stan Ogden. I won’t help.


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4.24pm EDT
16:24

61 min: That’s Insigne’s last contribution in the evening. He leaves in high dudgeon, hooked for Amin Younes.


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4.22pm EDT
16:22

60 min: A long pass along the inside-left channel for Insigne to chase. He gets ahead of Maitland-Niles and scoots in the box, but his chest-down and poke goalwards will be as weak as milky tea. Cech slakes his thirst. “From whatever understand, if Millings’ pockets are deep enough, a scudetto should not be a problem,” claims Matt Dony. “And the look on Ronaldo’s fizzog as Watford climbed above Juve during the league might be worth every dirty penny.”


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4.20pm EDT
16:20

58 min: Lacazette threatens to get rid of clear about the inside-left channel. Chiriches extends a leg and concedes most. The ball’s hit deep towards Aubameyang, who slaps an inadequate shot towards the end starting from a good angle. Meret is really a nine-course tasting menu of kicking it clear. That is all very strange, performed at slow motion by both players. It’s almost as though this second half already has became a de facto workout.


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4.18pm EDT
16:18

56 min: Maitland-Niles rather needlessly puts a Callejon right-wing cross out to get a corner. The ball’s worked back up the left to Zielinski, who plays a diagonal ball towards Koulibaly within the far post. Koulibaly heads across the face of goal for Mertens, who chests the ball over the line, but Koulibaly became a mile offside, as well as flag increases accordingly. Napoli don’t bother to argue the toss.


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4.16pm EDT
16:16

55 min: Arsenal seem pleased to settle back and let Napoli pass it around. Because the Gunners are holding their shape, as the hosts tend nowhere.


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4.15pm EDT
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53 min: Insigne is striving down this left flank, but nothing’s coming off for him. He’s nearly found by Ruiz resolution very clever run, but Maitland-Niles cuts the ball out. Then Insigne crosses deep for Milik, but that’s easy pickings for Cech.


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4.13pm EDT
16:13

51 min: Aubameyang threatens to burst across the left but decides to halt and showboat instead. Think a remarkably diluted version of Jim Baxter at Wembley in 1967.


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4.11pm EDT
16:11

49 min: The resulting corner triggers nothing. Meanwhile “what’s happening here?” is a question that Mac Millings finds himself asking considerably. And he’s asking it again, here, at this time. “What’s happening here? My heavenly Hornets gave Arsenal the right ten-man, 0-1 chasing earlier this week. The Gunners were awful. Ya think the Pozzo family could pull a couple of strings, and acquire Watford into Serie A? Because nobody is winning the Premier League any time ever, but I’d accept a scudetto or two.”


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4.10pm EDT
16:10

48 min: This is certainly practically all over, but it should be really throughout now. Lacazette sends Mkhitaryan into space over the right. Mkhitaryan rolls a pass into the centre for Aubameyang, who just has Meret to conquer. And doesn’t. He slams his shot too near the keeper, who saves spectacularly well, but should not happen to be considering the probability to accomplish that. Thats a chance to put Arsenal, already a speck on the horizon, totally outside of sight.

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4.09pm EDT
16:09

47 min: Insigne powers his way on the left and cuts a ball abck for Ruiz, who lashes a wild effort miles above the bar. But which was of the same quality panic or anxiety attack as Napoli have launched today. Arsenal won’t would like to provide them with a sniff.


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4.07pm EDT
16:07

And we’re off again! Arsenal purchase the second half underway. They’ve made no changes. But Napoli have replaced Nikola Maksimovic with Dries Mertens. Should it be enough? Simon McMahon suggests not: “I think Napoli will have to get Maradona into that No.10 shirt for any second half to have any prospects for progressing from that tie.”


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3.57pm EDT
15:57

Half-time task. It only takes 3 to 4 seconds, filter systems become a member of this?

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3.53pm EDT
15:53

HALF TIME: Napoli 0-1 Arsenal (agg: 0-3)

There’s ample time for Kolasinac and Callejon to get together when the pair chase a ball across the middle on the Arsenal box. You will find there’s little contact, a nudge from behind by Kolasinac, and Callejon helps to make the nearly all of it. But the referee isn’t interested. The whistle goes. Callejon and Koulibaly rise up inside the referee’s grille and instigate a solid exchange of views. Napoli’s heads go; Arsenal walk off contentedly.


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3.50pm EDT
15:50

45 min +3: Napoli employ a throw deep in Arsenal territory. Koscielny stalls them through taking off a boot and putting it back on again. The hosts are livid together with the brazen timewasting. A frustrated Allan then runs the ball away from play down the ideal.

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3.48pm EDT
15:48

45 min +2: Zielinksi shoots. Deflection. Corner. The ball bounces around while in the Arsenal box, and rears up on Lacazette. Napoli require a penalty for handball, but they are adequate one.


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3.48pm EDT
15:48

45 min +1: There might be four added minutes, a result of Ramsey’s hamstring injury. What Napoli gives to post something back before half-time. Three second-half goals would certainly a tall order, but four seems a fantasy.


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3.46pm EDT
15:46

45 min: With the left-hand side of his box, Cech clanks a dismal drop kick straight away to Zielinski in between circle. Zielinski tries to take it back in to the goal, which happens to be momentarily unguarded. Zielinski doesn’t catch it properly, and Cech can gather. Establishing supplies the hand of apology to his team-mates.


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3.44pm EDT
15:44

43 min: Napoli’s frustration is betrayed by Insigne, who efforts to handle his way past a midfield challenge then, as soon as the whistle is true for a no cost kick, blooters the ball away in extreme annoyance. A booking is inevitable.


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3.44pm EDT
15:44

42 min: Insigne dribbles across the left and loops crave Callejon, who attempts to letissier an effortless volley on the side of the box. He slices it well wide.


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3.42pm EDT
15:42

41 min: A high ball to the Arsenal box on the left. Callejon tries to guide a header goalwards yet it’s always flying miles on the bar. Napoli, you counter attack apart, are actually dismal. Cech has received very little to try and do.


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