Napoli honoured the reminiscence of Diego Maradona with a 2-0 win over Rijeka which allowed them to go prime of Europa League Group F within the first match for the reason that dying their Argentine icon.
Gennaro Gattuso’s facet entered the sector all sporting the quantity 10 jersey of Maradona, who gained Napoli’s solely Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990 in addition to the 1989 UEFA Cup.
“Diego is a legend and can by no means die,” Gattuso stated after the match.
“Since yesterday you might see that the town breathed a special ambiance.
“We hope to dedicate one thing essential to him and win a trophy.
“On this metropolis we now have talked about it for too a few years.”
Napoli made positive the followers gathered outdoors to pay their respects to Maradona weren’t dissatisfied by the present group as an Armando Anastasio personal purpose and a easy Hirving Lozano end sealed the factors.
Napoli are actually two factors forward of AZ Alkmaar and Actual Sociedad following their goalless draw within the Netherlands.
Fellow Italian facet Roma made their method into the final 32 with a 2-0 win at Romanian facet Cluj, whereas Hoffenheim joined them after making certain their respective passages into the subsequent spherical from L.
Earlier Jame Vardy’s last-gasp leveller in an exhilarating 3-3 at Braga despatched Leicester Metropolis via to the knockout rounds, the place they had been additionally joined by Arsenal because of their 3-0 win at Molde.
Leicester regarded lifeless and buried when Fransergio put the hosts 3-2 forward within the first minute of added time, however Vardy stole in on the again submit shortly after to faucet within the purpose that put the Premier League facet into the final 32.
Brendan Rodgers’ facet are prime of Group G on 10 factors, three forward of Braga in second and 7 in entrance of third-placed AEK Athens with two video games to play after the Greeks’ 3-0 house defeat by the hands of Zorya Luhansk.
Tottenham Hotspur are degree on 9 factors with Group J leaders Royal Antwerp after a 4-0 thumping of backside facet Ludogorets, who’re but to choose up a single level.
Spur’s comfy house win was the stage for an unimaginable lengthy vary strike from Harry Winks, whose launch from close to the left wing put Jose Mourinho’s facet three targets forward following an earlier Carlos Vinícius brace.
Nonetheless Winks admitted to BT Sport after the match that he wasn’t aiming for the purpose.
“I might love to sit down right here and say that I did, however I’ve acquired to be trustworthy and say no. I noticed Gaz (Gareth Bale) run in,” stated the England worldwide.
Lucas Moura rounded off the scoring within the 73rd minute because the Premier League high-flyers eye an intriguing London derby with in-form Chelsea on the weekend.
Lille missed out on qualification after they might solely draw 1-1 with an AC Milan facet lacking the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Ligue 1 outfit are prime of Group H, one level forward of Milan and with Sparta Prague lurking an additional level again after dumping Celtic out of the competitors with a 4-1 thrashing within the Czech Republic.