Napoli 3-1 Swansea : Swansea’s European fairytale comes to an end

Swansea’s European dream came to an end tonight as Italian giants Napoli overall out powered the Welsh outfit.

The first chance fell to Insigne but his optimistic effort from distance was blazed over. Swansea’s first chance was from Emnes, Pablo Hernandez, the architect of so many chances throughout the game fed a delicious pass to Emnes, he attempted a cheeky dink over Reina which succeeded but his effort was cleared off the line by Raul Albiol.

Swansea’s tormenter Insigne opened the game’s account for the night, some route one football was not dealt with by Swansea, as a flick on was met by Insigne who delectably chipped a bouncing ball over the helpless Vorm.

Swansea then equalised, a wonderful flick by Bony sent de Guzman through who slided and hit the ball via his left foot, Reina coud only get a palm to it and the ball rolled in sending the travelling faithful into raptures. Swansea started to assert dominance, the inluential Wilifred Bony played a through ball into Routledge, but it was met by some excellent goal keeping as Reina rushed out and quickly cleared the ball before Routledge could get there. The last chance of the first half fell to Bony, the Ivorian cut in from the left,  the Brazilain, Henrique was left mesmerised by his quick feet as he slipped opening a chance for Bony but his tame effort was easily saved by Reina.

The first incident of the second half was a penalty shout, Tiendalli claimed he was fouled by Ghoulam but it was clear he made a meal out of it as there was only the faintest of touches, but Swansea manager Gary Monk was incensed that he was fouled. Instumental Hernandez could have set up a chance, a jinking run around two players was then met by a 3 on 2 attack but instead he opted for a shot which was blocked by the on rushing defenders. Bony then had an exceptional chance to sneak Swansea in front, Hernandez again put it on a plate for Bony as he delivered a delicious lofted past, but Bony’s glancing header went straight into Reina’s hands.

Gonzalo Higuin then capatalised on Swansea’s chances, a mix up in the defence was taken avantage of by the Argentine as he crashed the ball past Vorm in the Swansea goal. Swansea right back Dwight Tiendalli had a glorious chance to pull it back to a draw, he rose like a salmon and he met with immense velocity but his effort was superbly saved by Reina.

Higuain then nearly made it 3-1, a swift counter-attack from Napoli exploited Swansea’s vulnerability at the back as they pushed on for a equaliser.  A quick one two meant it was a showdown between Higuain and Ben Davies, Higuain attempted to put it into the net but for some brave defending on the line left the Argentinian frustrated. Swansea had one last effort on the Napoli goal, but Bony’s acrobatic effort was tame and saved easily by Reina.

Adding insult to injury Napoli then went up the other end and scored, Swiss international Gokhan Inler finished off any chance of Swansea pulling one back. A counter-attack wreaked havoc in the Swansea defence, Hamsik set Inler up on a platter as he easily put the ball across the box for Inler to divert in to all but kill the game off.

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