Soccer: Saint helped Napoli win in Europe, says cardinal
Italian side beat Borussia Dortmund 2-119 September, 16:42
Napoli sank the German side, last season's Champions League finalists, thanks to a first-half goal by Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain and a stunning free kick by talented 22-year-old forward Lorenzo Insigne in the second half of the Group F clash.
"Last night there was a player on the field who the club chairman couldn't buy, otherwise he would have, a character called Gennaro, who made Napoli win," Cardinal Sepe said in the Mass for the ceremony of the recurring miracle in which two glass phials of San Gennaro's blood liquefy.
Napoli, who prevailed against a side who were in 10 in the second half after goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller was sent off for hand ball outside the area, have made an impressive start to the season under new coach Rafa Benitez.
They are joint top of Serie A along with AS Roma after winning all three of their opening league games. AC Milan also won their Champions League opener on Wednesday, although they were lucky to triumph 2-0 over Celtic in Group H thanks to late goals by Cristian Zapata and Sulley Muntari.
Serie A champions Juventus drew 1-1 at Copenhagen in their first Group B match on Tuesday.