Napoli Crashes Out, Arsenal Advanced Despite Defeat in Europa League

Italian giant, Napoli found themselves out of European competition already in February as they were eliminated by RB Leipzig, although they did won their second leg tie against the Bundesliga outfit 2-0.

Losing 3-1 at home on their first meeting, the Partenopei acknowledge that they were on for a tough task, but they were keen on proving their quality to everyone.

Playing with a much better focus and mental attitude, Maurizio Sarri’s men were able to dominate proceedings and got themselves ahead on 32 minutes through Piotr Zielinski’s effort.

That 1-0 goal lead made things more interesting after the break as both teams were pushing forward in search for more goals and it was Napoli that eventually got their second and create a very tense last few minutes when Lorenzo Insigne made it 2-0 on 86 minutes.

Unfortunately, there was not enough time left for Sarri’s boys to add another one as they eventually crashed out from the competition due to away goals rule as Leipzig scored three in Italy last week.

Meanwhile, Premier League side, Arsenal were experiencing a rather tense situation, especially during the first 45 minutes when they suddenly found themselves going 2-0 down against Ostersunds.

Having a healthy 3-0 lead from the first leg, Gunners didn’t seem up for it in the first half as they were put under huge pressure by their opponent which resulted in goals from Hosam Aeish along with Ken Sema, within the space of a minute.

Arsenal tried to bounce back in the second half as they were not keen on crashing out of Europe too early, notably against a side which supposedly below their level.

The home team’s effort were somewhat successful as they pulled one back from Sead Kolasinac soon after the restart, which pretty much shut down Ostersunds’ spirit to chase the aggregate.

Despite failing to win or even draw that match, Gunners still advance into the last 16 round of Europa League with a 4-2 aggregate.

Other familiar top names that also got through into the next round includes the likes of AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Zenit St. Petersburg, Marseille and Lyon.