Borussia Dortmund desperately needed a win to stay alive in their group the loss to Arsenal put them at a huge disadvantage in a tough group. Early in the game in the tenth minute, Napoli’s Federico Fernández fouled Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski in the box.
Fernández was shown the yellow card and Dortmund was awarded a penalty kick. Marco Reus converted the kick beating goal keeper Pepe Reina to give Dortmund the early lead.
The streak of cards didn’t stop there. Gonzalo Higuaín got a yellow card right after the penalty kick. In the 36th minute, Napoli’s Raúl Albiol fouled Dormund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan. It was a poor tackle from behind that deserved a yellow. Both teams pleaded their cases and the result was Napoli’s Goran Pandev and Dortmund’s Sebastian Kehl being shown yellow cards as well.
There was a beautiful possession by Dortmund early in the second half that generated an opportunity for Marco Reus but he sent it wide. There were some beautiful passes across the box. Dortmund got another chance immediately after but it was broken out in the center of the box by the Napoli defense.
Dortmund kept the pressure on and finally got a second goal in the 60th minute. Marco Reus was coming down the far side of the pitch and passed it to the middle to an open Jakub Blaszczykowski. He put it on target for an easy goal to give Dortmund a 2-0 lead.
In the 71st minute, Napoli was able to pull one back. Kehl made a bad pass that went straight to a Napoli player, they turned it up field and Lorenzo Insigne scored on a goal from a difficult angle. Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller came out far, Insigne put the ball on the back post for the goal.
Just after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got an open run at goal for Dortmund, but Reina made a save to keep Napoli within one goal. In the 78th minute, Lewandowski was bringing the ball in on goal before dumping it off to Aubameyang. Reina came out to try to stop it, but Aubameyang chipped it over him to give Dortmund back the two goal lead.
Dortmund held on to win 3-1.