Osimhen Shines in Europa League Draw Against Leicester
Victor Osimhen scored a brace as SS Napoli came back from two goals down to earn a draw against Leicester City in the group match of the Europa League.
Wilfred Ndidi got a late red card while his fellow Super Eagle Kelechi Iheanancho got an assist.
Meanwhile, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers said his “young team will learn” after they gave away a two-goal lead over Napoli in their Europa League opener at King Power Stadium.
Napoli’s Victor Osimhen scored twice in the second half after Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes had given Leicester a 2-0 lead.
Osimhen’s exquisite touch past Kasper Schmeichel reduced the deficit, before he completed the comeback with a header in the 87th minute.
“The crime isn’t giving away the two goals, the crime is if you don’t learn from it. I’m sure that is something this young team will do,” said Rodgers.
Perez had opened the scoring with a volley from Barnes’ cross before the winger fired in Leicester’s second shortly after summer signing Patson Daka had a goal ruled out for offside.
The hosts looked set to take pole position in Group C, but Osimhen dealt a late blow before Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi was sent off for a second booking.
It leaves the group wide open with Leicester still to travel to Italy, as well as facing Spartak Moscow and Legia Warsaw.
“I’m disappointed with the end result but there were some exciting and good moments,” added Rodgers. “The two goals are outstanding and the one that was disallowed was tight.
“Maybe we tired a bit. There are things for us to improve on – like keeping the ball better for longer periods. If we did that, we wouldn’t tire so quickly.
Full Europa League Results
- Real Betis 4 Celtic 3 FT
- Dinamo Zagreb 0 West Ham 2 FT
- Rangers 0 Lyon 2 FT
- Leicester 2 Napoli 2 FT
- Lokomotiv Moscow1Marseille1FT
- Red Star Belgrade2Sporting Braga1FT
- FC Midtjylland1Ludogorets1FT
- B Leverkusen2Ferencvárosi TC1FT
- Rapid Vienna0KRC Genk1FT
- Brøndby IF0Sparta Prague0FT
- Monaco1SK Sturm Graz0FT