It will inspire all forces now in the Europa League. For the charges of Carlo Ancelotti this is the last chance to win some more trophy this season. Today San Paolo was visited by a team from Salzburg, the revelation of the previous edition. They reached the semi-final. Both teams, which today competed in the 1/8th finals, easily coped with their previous rivals, winning high in two games. Offensive setting on both sides gave hope for an interesting show.
Napoli: Meret- Rui, Koulibaly, Maksimovic, Hysaj- Zielinski (66' Diawara), Ruiz, Allan, Callejon- Mertens (72' Insigne), Milik (81' Ounas)
FC Salzburg: Walke- Ulmer, Onguene, Ramalho, Lainer- Junuzovic (62' Mwepu), Samassekou, Wolf, Schlager- Dabbur (76' Minamino), Daka (62' Gulbrandsen)
From the very beginning the meeting was very balanced. Guests did not let themselves be pushed to the defensive and it was Napoli players who had to play in high pressing in order to take away the football from their rivals. We didn't have to wait long for the first goal. Already in the 10th minute Milik made all fans gathered at the stadium happy. The Polish sniper got the main pass from Mertens, passed the goalkeeper and directed the ball to the empty goal. Arek waited well over a year for a hit in European cups. The hosts did not intend to give up and rushed with each subsequent action. Eight minutes after the first hit, it was already 2:0. Callejon played the ball in front of the penalty field, where Ruiz found himself perfectly. A Spanish midfielder decided to shoot immediately from the air and after a few seconds, the football hooked up in the net. These were two quick blows, after which the players from Austria couldn't get up for a long time.
The guests had no idea how to get under Alex Meret's gate. In their game there was a lot of inaccurate playing. Salzburg's players decided on individual actions which did not bring the expected results. Milik and the company waited calmly for the development of events and did not push as hard as at the beginning of the competition. The referee decided not to extend the first part of the match and, with the 45th minute's knockout, invited the players to the locker room.
Today Milik was in great disposal. Not only was he able to work out his own opportunities to score a goal, but he was also able to find his colleagues in the penal field. For example, in the 52nd minute a Pole perfectly played the ball to Mertens, but the Belgian did not manage to defeat the goalkeeper. Half an hour before the end of regular time, we already had 3:0. Rui sent a strong pass in the penalty field, and the flying ball, unfortunately, directed to his own goal Onguene. This situation only confirmed the disastrous disposition of the guests in today's match.
Marco Rose tried to revive the game of his charges in every way he could. In the 62nd minute he made two changes in the offensive line of his team. To his misfortune, the image of the competition has not changed. It was Napoli who continued to lead the game and was getting closer and closer to increasing the lead. After a break, Salzburg's players could not create a convenient situation to score a goal. When they were already under the goal of the Neapolitans, at the post was Meret, who clearly intended to end today's match with a clear account. During the three added minutes nothing interesting happened anymore and the final result of this competition is 3:0. It seems that the matter of promotion to the quarterfinal is already settled, but after the last events in the Champions League, I do not want to pass hasty judgements.