Leicester was knocked out of the Europa League by Napoli in one of the high-scoring football results. Adam Ounas opened the scoring in the 4th minute before Eljif Elmas doubled their lead in the 24th minute. The two-goal lead didn’t last long with Johnny Evans scoring in the 27th minute before Kiernan Dewbury-Hall equalized in the 34th minute. With the tie all square, Elmas scored his second of the night to give Napoli all three points.
Napoli: Meret (6), Di Lorenzo (6), Rrahmani (6), Juan Jesus (7), Mario Rui (6), Demme (6), Zielinski (7), Ounas (7), Lozano (5), Elmas (8), Petagna (7).
Subs: Malcuit (6), Mertens (6), Manolas (n/a).
Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Castagne (7), Evans (6), Soyuncu (6), Bertrand (6), Ndidi (6), Tielemans (6), Dewsbury-Hall (7), Maddison (7), Barnes (6), Vardy (6).
Subs: Albrighton (n/a), Daka (6), Soumare (n/a).
Man of the match: Eljif Elmas.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: “I think we’ve done that [gone back to basics]. I think there’s a lot of naivety in our team and we’ve got a lot of young players. There’s been a bigger demand from them this season, and we’ve played a number of different systems and shapes. Individually it then comes down to having that mentality to track our runner or to stop across.” he added. “That can be in whatever shape it is, but it’s my responsibility to find that solution. Tonight, we were good offensively but we were nowhere good enough defensively. I said to the players [at half-time] if we could just tighten up the gaps, and do the dirty side of the game.”
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