Oct 2, 2014 at 6pm UK at ​Stadion Pasienky
Slovan Bratislava
0-2
Napoli

Kubik (55')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Hamsik (35'), Higuain (74')

Half-Time Report: Marek Hamsik gives Napoli slender interval lead

Marek Hamsik's headed goal proves the difference between Slovan Bratislava and Napoli at half time at the Pasienky.

Napoli hold a slender 1-0 lead over Slovan Bratislava at half time in their Group I meeting this evening in the Europa League.

The visitors managed to find their passing rhythm early on, although it was not until the 20th minute until Dusan Pernis was truly called into action, being forced to keep out Jonathan de Guzman's low drive.

Napoli's captain Marek Hamsik celebrates his opening goal during the UEFA Europa League group I football match between SK Slovan Bratislava v SSC Napoli on October 2, 2014© Getty Images

Duvan Zapata was the next Partenopei player to come close to making the breakthrough, only for his effort to be kept out thanks to a fine defensive block inside the box.

Napoli, who came into this game on the back of an inconsistent run in Serie A, continued to pile on the pressure, with Marek Hamsik firing away a strike which Pernis once more kept out.

The opening goal did come before the interval, though, and it was Hamsik who found it when he headed home Kalidou Koulibaly's clipped ball into the box.

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Napoli's Slovak midfielder Marek Hamsik celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League play-off second leg football match Athletic Bilbao vs SSC Napoli at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on August 27, 2014
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