Napoli beat Ajax to reach Champions League last 16


Exciting Georgia forward Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has now contributed to five goals in this season’s Champions League campaign

Free-scoring Napoli moved into the knockout stages of the Champions League with an entertaining win over Ajax.

They raced into a two-goal lead as Hirving Lozano sent a looping header into the far corner and Giacomo Raspadori thumped a left-footed drive into the roof of the net.

Ex-Everton man Davy Klaasen’s header reduced Ajax’s arrears after the break, before Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s penalty, harshly awarded for handball against Jurrien Timber after a Video Assistant Referee review, extended Napoli’s lead back to two goals.

The visitors were then given a late penalty when Juan Jesus was adjudged to have fouled Brian Brobbey, with former Tottenham forward Steven Bergwijn converting to cause a nervy finale.

However, those nerves were settled when Victor Osimhen harried Daley Blind into a mistake and tapped into the empty net for his first Champions League goal of the season.

The result leaves Napoli, who have now scored 17 goals in their four group games, in pole position to top group A, at the expense of Liverpool.

They can be overtaken by Jurgen Klopp’s side, who must win their remaining games by large margins to have any chance of topping the group.

Line-ups

Napoli

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Meret
  • 22Di Lorenzo
  • 3Kim
  • 5Nunes JesusBooked at 87mins
  • 17Olivera
  • 99Zambo AnguissaSubstituted forNdombéléat 49′minutes
  • 68Lobotka
  • 20ZielinskiSubstituted forGaetanoat 89′minutes
  • 11LozanoSubstituted forPolitanoat 77′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 81RaspadoriSubstituted forOsimhenat 50′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 77KvaratskheliaSubstituted forElmasat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Mário Rui
  • 7Elmas
  • 9Osimhen
  • 16Idasiak
  • 18Simeone
  • 21Politano
  • 23Zerbin
  • 30Sirigu
  • 55Östigard
  • 59Zanoli
  • 70Gaetano
  • 91Ndombélé

Ajax

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Pasveer
  • 19SánchezBooked at 33minsSubstituted forBaasat 65′minutes
  • 2TimberBooked at 61mins
  • 17Blind
  • 3BasseyBooked at 66mins
  • 6Klaassen
  • 4ÁlvarezBooked at 52mins
  • 8TaylorBooked at 27minsSubstituted forGrillitschat 65′minutes
  • 23BerghuisSubstituted forFernandes da Conceiçãoat 84′minutes
  • 20KudusSubstituted forBrobbeyat 65′minutes
  • 7BergwijnBooked at 76minsSubstituted forOcamposat 84′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Stekelenburg
  • 5Wijndal
  • 9Brobbey
  • 11Ocampos
  • 16Gorter
  • 18Lucca
  • 21Grillitsch
  • 25Baas
  • 26Regeer
  • 29Magallán
  • 35Fernandes da Conceição

Referee:
Felix Zwayer

Attendance:
52,229

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