Europa League, Napoli-Legia Warsaw 3-0

Napoli hits the first victory of the season in the Europa League. The Azzurri beat Legia Warsaw 3-0 at the ‘Maradona’ thanks to the goals in the second half by captain Insigne, the usual Osimhen and Politano who relaunch the Neapolitans in Group C where they are now second together with Leicester with 4 points, two less of the Poles and one more of Spartak Moscow. At the halfway point the group is very uncertain and balanced.

The hosts start attacking from the very first minutes. The first to try is Mertens with a volley from a corner action countered by the opposing defense. At 9 ‘the Belgian striker from the left trocar flies into the area and finds Lozano who heads off but fails to give strength to the ball. After a few minutes the Mexican striker’s low cross deflected by a defender: Miszta manages to send for a corner with a great intervention. At 21 ‘a great conclusion on the fly by Mertens after a header from Lozano: a diagonal right to cross that ends just outside.

It is played with only one goal and in the half hour Insigne steals the ball on the trocar, passes to the center for Mertens who sorts to the right for Lozano: right to cross the Mexican, Miszta puts his foot in it and sends in the corner. The first chance of the Poles arrives at 40 ‘, with the defense of Napoli that is a little surprised and gives too much space to Muci in the area, free to take aim and look for a right-footed shot, deflected by Manolas in the corner.

At the start of the second half dangerous Neapolitans with Demme who tries with an external neck but the aim is inaccurate by a whisker. At 12 ‘chance for Insigne but his right is saved by Miszta with a great intervention. Shortly after a double substitution for Spalletti who inserts Fabian and Osimhen in place of Anguissa and Lozano. At the quarter of an hour Naples still close to scoring: Insigne opens the game towards Di Lorenzo, bank on the far post for Mertens, who in a split from two steps puts aside. Three minutes pass and the blue captain pulls out his shot but the opposing goalkeeper still tells him no.

At 27 ‘physical problem for Manolas forced to leave replaced by Politano. Also outside Mertens in his place Petagna. At 29 ‘Insigne on a free-kick forces the inspired opposing goalkeeper to make another great save. A minute passes and Napoli risks insult, a Polish restart with Emreli who starts and closes the action: left-handed from outside the area to cross, the ball ends up on the post and comes out.

At 31 ‘Insigne scores the match goal. Politano puts the ball out of the area, the captain rebounds and finds the net. Four minutes later Osimhen signs the double. Insigne packs a ball into space for the Nigerian, who explodes his right foot from a tight angle and beats Miszta at the near post. At 95 ‘comes the third goal with Politano who receives on the right, advances the ball and chain towards the center, takes aim and finds the far corner with the left-footed player for the 3-0 that sends the credits on the match.


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