Napoli was close to the sensation in Leipzig
Napoli was very close to presenting the sensation and qualifying for the 1/8-final in the Europa League. The Italians had lost their first 1/16-final match to their San Paolo with 1:3 and needed a three-goal victory on the German side to advance. This seemed a rather difficult task, but the Neapolitanians could barely achieve it. They won 2-0 with goals from Piotr Zielinski in the 33rd and Lorenzo Inziere in the 86th minute and only one goal did not reach for a complete turn. The total score of the two matches from napoli europa league is 3:3, but the Germans continue for the three goals of a foreign field.
In the beginning, Napoli had the initiative. In the 12th minute Marek Hamsik was found in the penalty area and shoots from volley, but in the keeper`s hands. Two minutes later, the hosts took the lead a bit. Marcel Sabitzer hit, the ball was beaten by Lorenzo Tonelli with his head and landed on the crossbar. However, guests continued to create more interesting situations. In the 27th minute, Lorenzo Insierie got behind the defense and shot in the bar, but it turned out to be in the offside. In the 33rd minute, Dres Mertens in a wonderful way with one touch brought Insierie into the penalty area, the Italian striker was saved by the goalkeeper, but right in the feet of Piotr Zielinski, who narrowly scored for 0:1.
There was a period of lull on the pitch, with only the end of the halftime that the hosts had a good chance to score. In a cornering corner, Timo Werner fired his head, but past the door. And the second half of the pace did not change very much and the game was sluggish, and the positions in front of the two doors were very low. In the 68th minute Mertes stole one ball in front of the penalty area and shoots but right into the goalkeeper`s hands.
In the 83rd minute Jose Caiechon missed a great opportunity to double the score. Three minutes later, the Spaniard made his way through a great center, finding Inssiere, who put the ball into the goal for 0:2. By the end, Napoli had a third goal, but the time was too low and the hosts did not let that happen. Thus, Leipzig will play for the first time in the Europa League for the first time, while Napoli will concentrate all his efforts in the battle with Juventus for the title in Calcio.
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