Napoli 3-2 Leicester: Player ratings as Foxes crash out of Europa League
Leicester tumbled down into the Europa Conference League after a 3-2 defeat to Napoli saw them fall from first to third in Group C of the Europa League.
Timothy Castagne spurned a great chance to put Leicester ahead after just two minutes, after which Adam Ounas went right down the other end and fired home an opener with a tidy finish past Kasper Schmeichel.
Elsewhere, Spartak Moscow went 1-0 up against Legia Warsaw, which saw Leicester fall down third in the group, facing a drop down to the Conference League. A response was needed.Unfortunately, it took a while to come and Napoli went 2-0 up almost immediately after. Andrea Petagna unselfishly squared the ball to Eljif Elmas, who tapped the ball into an empty net to give Leicester a real mountain to climb.Jonny Evans pulled one back shortly before the half-time break, and just a few minutes later, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall thundered home a glorious equaliser to send Leicester second in the group before the break.The frenetic pace continued after the interval, but unfortunately for Leicester, it was Elmas who bagged the game’s next goal. He found himself alone in the box, and after some smart footwork to get his body set, he fired past Schmeichel.James Maddison struck the post just a few minutes later after being gifted a glorious chance from an outrageously awful pass from Giovanni Di Lorenzo, which was the closest Leicester came to an equaliser.Brendan Rodgers’ side pushed and pushed for another equaliser but didn’t ask too much of Alex Meret in the Napoli goal, although Dewsbury-Hall may have done better had he not slipped at a vital moment.Elsewhere, Legia were awarded a penalty in the eighth minute of stoppage time which could have saved Leicester, but a poor effort was saved and Spartak walked away with the win that ended the Foxes’ hopes of qualification.