Spalletti’s line-up drops poker, qualification already achieved
Napoli beat Ajax 4-2 in the match valid for the fourth day of Group A of the Champions League. The success allowed Spalletti’s blues to climb to 12 points and to qualify for the round of 16 with 2 days to spare.
THE MATCH – Napoli starts with the foot on the accelerator and immediately breaks through. Zielinski inspires, Lozano strikes: 1-0 at 4 ‘and a downhill road for the Azzurri. Ajax reacts and becomes dangerous in the 9th minute. Meret is good at blocking Bergwijn’s shot, then Berghius misses the door. At 13 ‘the guests waste a colossal chance with Kudus, who only makes a mistake in front of Meret.
The mistake costs dearly and Napoli doubles in the 16th minute. Kvaratskhelia devours the pitch, Raspadori thanks and bags left: 2-0. Ajax feel the blow and try to get up, but do not find the jab. Napoli controls, concedes little and when it starts again it relies on Kvaratskhelia, the undisputed lord of the left wing. At the start of recovery, the guests manage to reopen the game. At 49 ‘Bassey crosses, Klaassen catapults himself on the ball: perfect header, 2-1. Napoli doesn’t even have time to get scared.
Spalletti’s men resume the reins of the match and in the 62nd minute the trio drop. Timber hand touch, penalty kick: Kvaratskhelia makes no mistake from the spot, 3-1. Ajax did not give up and returned to the slipstream in the final. Juan Jesus holds Brobbey: penalty for the Dutch, Bergwijn makes no mistake and signs the 3-2. The swing of emotions does not stop and the returning Osimhen also joins the party. The Nigerian, back on the field after the absence due to injury, shows up burning Blind and placing the ball of the final 4-2 on the net. Blue poker, Naples in the second round.