Goal of the day: Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) vs Dortmund | inside World Soccer

A wonderful Lorenzo Insigne free-kick gave Napoli a 2-1 over last season's finalists Borussia Dortmund in an eventful Champions League encounter at the Stadio San Paolo.

Napoli player Lorenzo Insigne celebrates after scoring against Borussia Dortmund
Napoli player Lorenzo Insigne celebrates after scoring against Borussia Dortmund

Photo: Reuters

Napoli have not beaten a German side on home turf since VfB Stuttgart in the 1989 UEFA Cup Final, though their overall record was five wins, three defeats and a draw.

But it was Napoli who broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark as Gonzalo Higuaín nodded home from an inswinging Juan Zúñiga cross.

Things then went from bad to worse for the visitors as Mats Hummels was forced off injured before goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller was dismissed for handling the ball outside the area just before half-time.

Dortmund's threat was significantly blunted by those blows and they were helpless to prevent a sensational free-kick from Insigne doubling Napoli's lead with 67 minutes gone.

The 22-year-old curled a free-kick round the wall and into the very top corner, leaving substitute goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak with no chance in goal.

Dortmund fought back well and got themselves a lifeline through Zuniga's 87th-minute own goal, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

"It was wonderful to score my first Champions League goal at the San Paolo against a great side," Insigne told Sky Sport Italia.

"I am happy to have scored a good goal, but above all for this win so we go into the game with AC Milan (next Sunday) fired up."


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