Witness the complete replay and highlights of the Napoli vs Union Berlin encounter. It is a showdown in the UEFA Champions League 2023/2024, Group C – Matchday 4.
The action kicks off at 17:45 GMT on Wednesday, Nov 8, 2023.
Serving as the referee is none other than Danny Desmond Makkelie from the Netherlands, and the spectacle takes place at the renowned Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Napoli.
Napoli vs Union Berlin Full Match Reports
Union Berlin’s inaugural competitive match in Italy proved to be a momentous occasion as they battled back from a deficit to secure a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Napoli in the UEFA Champions League (UCL). This result broke the streak of every Group C match being decided by a single goal.
Despite their recent struggles, Union Berlin displayed resilience and determination from the early stages. Sheraldo Becker made a penetrating run behind Napoli’s defense, forcing a save with his shot, while Diogo Leite exhibited bravery in blocking André-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s powerful attempt at the other end. However, Napoli maintained control of possession and came close to taking the lead in the 24th minute when Natan’s header from Piotr Zieliński’s cross struck the post, leaving Frederik Rønnow rooted to the spot.
On the half-hour mark, Napoli crafted a sublime attacking move that would have resulted in a stunning goal, but Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s header, assisted by Jérôme Roussillon, was disallowed due to a foul. Napoli eventually broke the deadlock nine minutes later through a legitimate goal, as Matteo Politano redirected Rui’s deflected pass off Josip Juranović’s chest and past Rønnow. There was further disappointment for Union Berlin just before halftime when Juranović’s free-kick collided with the post, denying them an equalizer.
However, the second half brought long-awaited jubilation for Union Berlin, as they ended their goal drought. In a swift counterattack, Becker’s shot was parried by Alex Meret, and David Datro Fofana capitalised on the rebound to score his first goal for the club. This revived Union Berlin’s spirits, but Politano posed another threat, forcing Paul Jaeckel to halt his dazzling run with a cynical foul and earn a booking.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Brenden Aaronson both had their attempts denied in stoppage time, as Napoli extended their unbeaten streak to five games across all competitions but had to settle for a share of points. While Union Berlin’s point did little to lift them off the bottom of UCL Group C, it marked the end of their club-record 12-game losing streak and secured their first-ever point in Europe’s premier competition.
The Man of the Match honors were awarded to Paul Jaeckel of Union Berlin for his noteworthy performance throughout the match.