For Napoli, the meeting began brightly. Piotr Zielinski made a solo start in the 3rd minute. He swept the shot, put his left foot on the ball, and blasted from the line of the penalty area.
Granada’s goalkeeper had little opportunity. The Italians made up some of the lost ground easily. The joy of Napoli was short-lived. The unattended Angel Montoro took off into the air, leading to a draw with a beautiful header. At this stage, the Italians were still in need of a win with a three-goal differential.
Even before the break, Napoli came close to taking the lead. With a free-kick, Lorenzo Insigne shot, but Rui Silva made a brilliant save and sent the ball over the crossbar. Therefore, he saved his squad. Until the break, Granada had a really good outcome.
In the second half, Napoli came out highly motivated and virtually dominated Granada. The team of Gennaro Gattuso attacked relentlessly in search of a second goal. Eventually, this one came. In the 59th minute, Insigne hit Fabian Ruiz brilliantly, who gave Napoli the lead again with a flat shot close to the post.
Granada was pleased after the final whistle. In a two-legged draw, they edged out favored Napoli (3-2) and will play in the Europa League 1/8 final. Napoli is quickly coming to the end of their adventure in this season’s European competition.