Napoli 2 – Sarptak 3:Spartak Moscow beat Napoli 3-2 at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona

Napoli vs. Spartak Moscow

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Napoli on home loss to Spartak Moscow at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Thursday. Napoli arrived with the intention of increasing their league score following a disappointing 2-2 draw with Leicester City in their previous game. Sarptak lost 1-0 in the last match they played against Legia Warsaw. After today’s result, Napoli and Sarptak currently occupy 3rd and 2nd spots in the table, with 1 point and 3 points respectively after 2 matches.

It was an impressive opening from Napoli, with an early goal from Eljif Elmas in the 1st minute, seeing out the first half 1-0.

Sarptak staged a comeback in the second half, thanks to Quincy Promes finding the net at the 55 minute mark. The momentum was now with Sarptak, who then scored again through a goal from Mikhail Ignatov at the 80 minute mark to establish a 2-1. Sarptak looked to have the game under control when they scored again and incerased their lead, thanks to a 2nd effort from Quincy Promes at the 90 minute mark to establish a 3-1. In the end though, Gli Azzurri just before the final whistle hit back though thanks to a Victor Osimhen goal and seeing the game end 3-2.

For Napoli, Kevin Malcuit, Victor Osimhen, Andre Zambo Anguissa, Hirving Lozano and Adam Ounas, came on for Lorenzo Insigne, Andrea Petagna, Piotr Zielinski, Matteo Politano and Eljif Elmas. Sarptak brought on Aleksandr Sobolev, Mikhail Ignatov and Alesandr Lomovitskiy, to replace Ezequiel Ponce, Ruslan Litvinov and Zelimkhan Bakaev.

The referee booked from Napoli Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Kalidou Koulibaly, Fabian Ruiz and Kostas Manolas and from Sarptak Ezequiel Ponce, Ruslan Litvinov, Aleksandr Sobolev, Maximiliano Caufriez, Ayrton Lucas, Aleksandr Maksimenko and Nail Umyarov. Both teams also had a sending off, with Mario Rui for Napoli and Maximiliano Caufriez (2 yellow cards) for Sarptak.

Sarptak and Napoli will next play at home to Leicester City and Legia Warsaw respectively.

Technical card:
Napoli: Alex Meret, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Kalidou Koulibaly, Kostas Manolas, Mario Rui, Eljif Elmas (Adam Ounas, min.82), Fabian Ruiz, Piotr Zielinski (Andre Zambo Anguissa, min.46), Andrea Petagna (Victor Osimhen, min.46), Lorenzo Insigne (Kevin Malcuit, min.41) and Matteo Politano (Hirving Lozano, min.74)
Spartak Moscow: Aleksandr Maksimenko, Georgi Dzhikiya, Maximiliano Caufriez, Samuel Gigot, Victor Moses, Ruslan Litvinov (Mikhail Ignatov, min.73), Nail Umyarov, Zelimkhan Bakaev (Alesandr Lomovitskiy, min.89), Ayrton Lucas, Ezequiel Ponce (Aleksandr Sobolev, min.45) and Quincy Promes
Stadium: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona
Goals: Eljif Elmas (1-0, min. 1), Quincy Promes (1-1, min. 55), Mikhail Ignatov (1-2, min. 80), Quincy Promes (1-3, min. 90) and Victor Osimhen (2-3, min. 90)