Analysing Gonzalo Higuain's Performance vs. Marseille

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 6, 2013

NAPLES, ITALY - OCTOBER 27:  Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli celebrates with team-mates after scoring the second goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Torino FC at Stadio San Paolo on October 27, 2013 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Napoli needed a win to stay on top of Group F in the 2013 UEFA Champions League and a huge performance from Gonzalo Higuain helped his team get just that.

After going down 1-0 against Marseille, Napoli was able to get on the board in the 22nd minute thanks to an impressive goal from Gokhan Inler. Just one minute later, Higuain found the back of the net to put his team up 2-1.

Florian Thauvin tied things up for Marseille at 2-2, but once again it was Higuain who responded, scoring his second goal in the 75th minute.

According to ESPN's Paul Carr, it was Higuain's first brace in a Champions League match.

The move from Real Madrid to Napoli has been a good one for Higuain so far. Before this game against Marseille, he had scored six goals and recorded four assists over 10 total games.

OptaJean indicates that Higuain had never scored against a French team in eight total Champions League games prior to this match.

This was a pretty good time to break that dry spell.

Higuain was certainly feeling confident in this one, making the most of his limited opportunities. He only took two shots in the game, but both were on point and ended up catalyzing his team. It was a performance that showcased the 25-year-old's impressive determination and accuracy.

Perhaps the biggest negative takeaway from the match was Higauin's offside calls. As a team, Napoli had five offside calls and Higuain had three of them.

However, fans will let that slide as long as Higuain keeps coming up with big games like this one.

It looks as though he is a natural fit for this team. He complements others like Marek Hamsik and Jose Maria Callejon well with his own ability to score while giving others opportunities to grab goals.

If Higuain can continue to play like he did on Wednesday, then Napoli are going to be in great position in both Serie A and the UEFA Champions league for the 2013-14 season.