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regular-article-logo Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Europa League: Napoli knock Leicester City out

Spartak won 1-0 at Legia Warsaw to secure an automatic last-16 berth

Reuters Naples Published 11.12.21, 02:14 AM
Leicester go into third-tier Europa Conference League.

Leicester go into third-tier Europa Conference League. File Photo.

Napoli earned a thrilling 3-2 home win over Leicester City on Thursday to reach the Europa League knockout stages as Group C runners-up behind Spartak Moscow.

Spartak won 1-0 at Legia Warsaw to secure an automatic last-16 berth while Napoli face a playoff against one of the third-placed teams in the Champions League dropping into Europe’s second-tier competition after the winter break.

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Third-placed Leicester go into the third-tier Europa Conference League where they will enter a playoff with one of the competition’s runners-up for a last-16 berth.

Adam Ounas fired Napoli into a fourth-minute lead with a crisp low shot and Eljif Elmas made it 2-0.

Sloppy defending cost the home twice in quick succession before half-time, however, as Jonny Evans drilled in a loose ball in the 27th minute and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall volleyed in the equaliser with his first goal for Leicester.

North Macedonia playmaker Elmas put Napoli back in front shortly after the break, taking a tame-looking cross past a static defence before he steered the ball past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Dinamo Zagreb sealed a playoff berth after a stunning early goal from Mislav Orsic gave them a 1-0 win at a second-string West Ham United in Group H.

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