Ajax Amsterdam 1-6 Napoli
Goals: Kudus (9e) for Ajax // Raspadori (18e and 46e), Di Lorenzo (33e), Zielinski (45e), Kvaratskhelia (61e), Simone (81e) for Napoli.
Sent off: Tadic (73e) for Ajacids.
In an electric encounter, Napoli had no trouble blasting Ajax, far too timid in all areas of the game (1-6). Yet cornered in their camp from the first minutes of the match, it was the Ajacids who will shake the nets first. After a well-felt one-two between Bergwijn and Taylor, the central midfielder tries his luck, but it is his team-mate Kudus’ shin that deceives the Napoli goalkeeper (0-1, 9e). This pawn will not allow the locals to put their foot on the ball. After another attempt by the Georgian nugget Kvaratskhelia, Raspadori puts the two teams equal. Launched on the left side, Olivera distills a millimeter center in front of the cages. Lozano misses the ball, but at the far post, the Italian international does not miss the target and adjusts his header perfectly (1-1, 18e). Alfred Schreuder’s men are not at the end of their troubles.
5 – Ajax conceded at least 5 goals in a match in European competition for the second time in their history, after a 5-1 defeat against Bayern Munich in C1 in October 1980. Touchdown. #AjaxNapoli pic.twitter.com/uD44NxiFw1
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Following a corner played by two with Zieliński, Kvaratskhelia has plenty of time to drop the ball on Di Lorenzo who, with a blow from his helmet, worsens the score (1-2, 33e) . From a magnificent parade on Zieliński (38e), Pasveer delayed the deadline, but couldn’t prevent the break. Zambo Anguissa launches the Polish international perfectly, again him, who only has to adjust the opposing goalkeeper (1-3, 45e). The return from the locker room will be just as nightmarish for Ajax. The sparkling Zambo Anguissa gleans a ball lost by Pasveer before serving perfectly Raspadori who does not need to be asked to score a double (1-4, 47e). Height of humiliation, even with an ankle in the bag, Kvaratskhelia manages to play the Ajacid defense thanks to a one-two with Raspadori before increasing the score (1-5, 61e). The Dutch are down, but continue to shame Johan Cruyff. Captain Tadić is excluded (72e), and Giovanni Simeone closes the festival with a recovery from the outside of the right foot (1-6, 81e). For the first time in its history, Naples won its first three Champions League games. Hat.
Ajax Amsterdam (4-2-3-1) : Pasveer – Blind, Bassey, Timber (Grillitsch, 80e), Rensch (Baas, 83e) – K. Taylor (Klaassen, 72e), E. Alvarez, Berghuis (Brobbey, 72e)– Bergwijn, Tadic, Kudus. Coach :Alfred Schreuder
Napoli (4-3-3) : Meret – Olivera, Kim Min-Jae, Rrahmani, Di Lorenzo (Zanoli, 83e) – Lobotka (Gaetano, 80e), Zambo Anguissa – Kvaratskhelia (Elmas, 64e) , Zielinski (Ndombele, 45e), Lozano–Raspadori (Simeone, 64e). Coach : Luciano Spalletti