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Sep 26, 2017, 03:10 PM Last Edit: Sep 26, 2017, 03:18 PM by Bensergi
Napoli vs Feyenoord

Defeat for either side will push them further into the abyss. Both Napoli and Feyenoord have started with Matchday 1 losses. Napoli went down 2-1 at Shakhtar, while Feyenoord were downed 4-0 at home to Man City. History will be against them though. Feyenoord will need to pull off a first win against Italian opposition since 2002, while Napoli need to overcome a Dutch team for the first time in five attempts.

Including the final five games of last season, Napoli have won their last 11 Serie A matches, most recently a 3-2 success at SPAL on Saturday. The all-time league record is 17, set by Inter Milan a decade ago. Dries Mertens has six goals in six league appearances this term, and will relish tackling Dutch opposition. The Belgian spent six years in the Netherlands between 2007 and 2013, playing for three different clubs.


Match Stats:

  • Napoli 3-1 Feyenoord
  • Shots: 11-7
  • Possession: 51%-49%
  • Corner kicks: 5-2

Arkadiusz Milik's Napoli team-mates dedicated goals to the injured star as they got off the mark in the Champions League with a comfortable 3-1 win over Feyenoord on Tuesday.

While Milik was not involved after suffering a cruel blow against SPAL in Serie A - his second ruptured cruciate ligament in a year - the Poland international was not far from hearts and minds in Naples.

Lorenzo Insigne's opener saw the goalscorer hunt down his team-mate's shirt and Dries Mertens, after scoring again at the start of the second half, looked to the camera to display an "M" in recognition of the forward.

Both sides had lost their opening matches in Group F, but Napoli's reverse at Shakhtar Donetsk had been rather tighter than Feyenoord's home humbling at the hands of Manchester City.

And there was again a gulf between the Dutch side and their opponents, even if the score-line still showed only Insigne's seventh-minute strike at half-time.

Mertens' 50th Napoli goal at the San Paolo soon came, though, and Jose Callejon added a third after Pepe Reina kept out a Jens Toornstra penalty at the other end, before a consolation for Feyenoord and Sofyan Amrabat arrived in stoppage time.

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