The meeting started brightly for Napoli. In the 3rd minute, Piotr Zielinski made a solo start. He swept the shot, but the ball on his left foot, and blasted from the penalty area line.
Granada’s goalkeeper had no chance. The Italians quickly made up some of the lost ground. Napoli’s joy was short-lived. The unattended Angel Montoro took to the air and with a beautiful header led to a draw. At this point, the Italians already needed a victory by a difference of three goals. Napoli came close to taking the lead even before the break.
Lorenzo Insigne struck from a free-kick, but Rui Silva made a brilliant save and sent the ball over the crossbar. He thus saved his team. Granada had a very good result until the break. Napoli came out for the second half highly motivated and practically dominated Granada. Gennaro Gattuso’s team was constantly attacked in search of a second goal. This one finally came.
In the 59th minute, Insigne hit a brilliantly to Fabian Ruiz, who with a flat shot near the post gave Napoli the lead again. After the final whistle, Granada was very happy. They edged out favored Napoli (3-2) in a two-legged draw and will play in the 1/8 finals of the Europa League.
Napoli is fast coming to the end of their adventure in the European competition this season.