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Half-Time Report: Napoli in cruise control at Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg are 2-0 down against Napoli at the break in Thursday evening's Europa League quarter-final first leg at the Volkswagen Arena.

Wolfsburg are 2-0 down against Napoli at the break in this evening's Europa League quarter-final first leg at the Volkswagen Arena.

Napoli's Slovakian midfielder Marek Hamsik (R) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with his team-mates during the UEFA Europa League first-leg quarter-final football match on April 16, 2015© Getty Images

The hosts were quickest off the starting blocks and dominated proceedings in the early stages as Luiz Gustavo and Kevin De Bruyne weighed in with half-chances.

Before long, however, Napoli got into gear and drew first blood on the quarter-hour mark when a quick break allowed Dries Mertens to flash a diagonal ball into the box, where Gonzalo Higuain chested down and powered home.

The Partenopei then doubled their lead in the 23rd minute courtesy of a masterful goal which saw Higuain power down the channel before curling a low ball for Marek Hamsik who, without breaking stride, lashed into the bottom right corner from the edge of the area.

Napoli took complete control of the game for a while after their goal, but Wolfsburg ended the half strongly as Andre Schurrle forced a fine fingertip save from Mariano Andujar on the stroke of half time.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Borussia DortmundDortmund18143145182745
2Bayern Munich18123339192039
3Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach18113437181936
4RB Leipzig1894531181331
5Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt1893637241330
6Wolfsburg188552823529
7Hertha Berlin187652928127
8Hoffenheim186753326725
9Werder Bremen187472929025
10Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen187382630-424
11Mainz 05186662024-424
12Freiburg185672228-621
13Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf186392134-1321
14Schalke 04Schalke185492125-419
15Augsburg183692631-515
16Stuttgart1842121438-2414
17Hannover1825111736-1911
18Nuremberg1825111541-2611

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