Spalletti’s formation with 6 points towards the round of 16
Napoli after the home success with Liverpool gives an encore in the Champions League by beating the Glasgow Rangers 3-0 away, thanks to goals from Politano, Raspadori and Ndombele, in a thrilling atmosphere and with a splendid choreography of the fans of the Rangers in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. Spalletti’s team thus consolidates its position at the top of group A with 6 points ahead of Liverpool and Ajax at 3 and Rangers at 0.
THE MATCH – For the challenge Spalletti confirms the defense and the starting midfield, while in front, Osimhen and Lozano are absent, Simeone and Politano play. Five changes for Giovanni van Bronckhorst compared to the defeat in Amsterdam with Rangers who find McGregor in goal and who will be the protagonist of the challenge despite the defeat.
The race is immediately sparkling. Dangerous Rangers at the start: at 1 ‘ball recovered on the trocar, cross at the far post by Tavernier for Morelos who heads out slightly. On the 2nd cross by Mario Rui, Goldson’s deviation, with the ball remaining at the edge of the area for the Polish Zielinski who splinters the post with a left foot. The Rangers respond blow for blow and at 13 ‘Arfield reaches the edge of the area and fires a powerful and angled right but Meret flies and rejects with the recall hand. At 18 ‘Napoli one step away from the advantage: Zielinski pocketed for the movement of Simeone who, face to face with McGregor, tries to pass the ball under his legs but the Rangers goalkeeper manages to intercept with his feet and put in a corner . Then at 26 ‘still Morelos dangerous but Meret blocks. At the end of time Naples on the shields but Simeone fails to unlock the result.
At the beginning of the second half the hosts in forcing, a cross from Barisic, a header from Tavernier and a turn from Arfield that ends on the bottom. At 49 ‘it was Kvaratskhelia’s turn, control and left at the near post but McGregor opposed with his fists. The Glasgow goalkeeper is the protagonist of a double penalty saved in Zielinsk. On a first penalty granted by the referee, the Pole gets the conclusion saved by McGregor: Politano scores on the rebound, but from an irregular position. Referee Lahoz repeats the penalty for a repetition of the goalkeeper’s movement. The Rangers are still in 10 for the expulsion for the penalty foul on Simeone by James Hoban Sands.
The joy of the goal for Politano, however, is only postponed. At 68 ‘another penalty for a hand ball by Barisic on the conclusion of Kvaratskhelia. Politano is not wrong despite McGregor’s intuition. The hosts, despite the numerical inferiority, are discovered to look for an equal and Napoli punishes them. At 85 ‘one-two between the former Sassuolo Raspadori and Olivera, with the number 81 protecting the ball in the area and beating McGregor at the far post for 2-0. Finally at 91 ‘Napoli drops the trio: Anguissa steals the ball from Kamara, enters the area and unloads for Ndombélé, who beats without fail to find the third blue goal.