Napoli corrects Eintracht and secures a historic qualification for the quarters


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Undisputed leader of the Serie A standings (18 points ahead of second), Napoli were on track to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. A first since the Neapolitans have never reached this stage of the competition. Impressive on the pitch and capable of winning in Frankfurt (2-0) three weeks ago, the Partenopei were the big favorites for this eighth comeback against Eintracht. In addition, the Europa League supporters had to compose without Randal Kolo Muani, expelled in the first leg.

Before the start of the game, the only black spot for the Transalpine was the violent incidents that broke out in the heart of the Italian city, due to clashes between German and Italian hooligans. Around the Maradona Stadium, nothing to report on the other hand. The match was therefore able to start on time and as usual, Napoli did not make an observation round. Determined to seal the fate of the match quickly, Luciano Spalletti’s men lit the first fuse from the first minute by Matteo Politano. Fortunately for Eintracht, Kevin Trapp was watching the grain.

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The German club could also thank the former PSG goalkeeper for not being eliminated at half-time, thanks to his two decisive saves against the rocket Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (19th, 43rd). That’s what Frankfurt thought as first-half stoppage time was about to end. But on yet another overflow on the right side of Politano, Victor Osimhen placed a phenomenal trigger to go and beat Trapp with a header (1-0, 45th + 2). During the break, mass was said.

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Back from the locker room, the Neapolitan domination continued. Kvaratskhelia was still not successful against Trapp (61st), but Osimhen took the opportunity to offer himself a double (2-0, 53rd). Nine minutes later, Piotr Zielinski added to the bill by doing justice from the penalty spot, after a fault by Son (3-0, 62nd). 3-0, final score, 5-0 on aggregate, Napoli easily joined Real Madrid, Benfica, Chelsea, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Inter and Manchester City in the quarter-finals.

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