Leicester let a two-goal lead slip in the last 20 minutes as they were involved in one of the entertaining football scores in the Europa League. Ayoze Perez gave the Foxes the best possible start when he ended a 15-game drought in the ninth minute. It was the first European goal of his career. Patson Daka almost scored in his first start for the club but had his goal ruled out for offside. Harvey Barnes doubled Leicester’s lead after a beautiful passage of play.
Napoli then halved the lead after five minutes with Victor Osimhen getting the better of Kasper Schmeichel in the net. Napoli had missed a number of chances throughout the game but managed to score the equalizer when Victor Osimhen towered over the Leicester defense to head home. The troubles of the home team were compounded when Wilfried Ndidi was sent off in stoppage time.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers: “It was a really good measure for us. Napoli are arguably the favorites for the competition, but we were very competitive.” he added. “We are disappointed to lose the goals but there is still a lot for us to be happy about and lots for us to analyze where we can do better. It was a really exciting game for the neutral, I was really pleased with the team in terms of the mentality, the goals, and the resilience for a lot of the game. I didn’t think the referee was very good all night and Wilf was unfortunate, he picked up the booking early on and was fighting to get across to stop the attacker from getting away. It was a little bit harsh.”
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