Dutch winger Quincy Promeswas the star of the show as Spartak Moscow inflicted a first defeat of the season on Italian Serie A leaders Napoli in the Europa League group stage. Ex-Sevilla attacker Promes scored two times in the second half as his Russian Premier League side came from a goal down to beat hosts Napoli. The Italians ended on the wrong side of the five-goal thriller.
Napoli started the season with a seven-game unbeaten run ahead of the home clash with Spartak Moscow. The Italian leaders would go on to lose that unbeaten run to the Russian team.
Macedonian attacker ElifElmas gave Napoli a dream start inside the first minute but the Italians were not able to build on that win until the controversial red card to Portuguese left-back Marco Rui on the half hour mark. Napoli were able to hold on to their slim advantage until the end of the first half but it was a different situation in the second half as Spartak Moscow went on to score three goals to win the game.
Promes began the scoring in the second half with ten minutes gone before Russian attacking midfielder Mikhail Ignatov came off the bench to give Spartak Moscow the lead for the first time in the game with ten minutes left on the clock. The Russians were reduced to ten men also on 82 minutes when Belgian defender Maximiliano Caufriez received his second yellow card. Spartak Moscow scored a third goal with ten men through the impressive Promes on the stroke of full-time and Napoli followed suit in added time courtesy the in-form Victor Osimhen who has drawn comparison with Ivorian football legend Didier Drogba as Napoli lost 3-2 at home to their Russian opponents.
Victor Osimhen has a similar playing style with the aforementioned Didier Drogba and he has scored seven goals in as many games in all competitions for Napoli this season. Ex-Italian national team star Beppe Signori recently compared him to Didier Drogba. Osimhenwas rested at the start of the Spartak Moscow game before he came on for Italian striker Andrea Petagna at the start of the second half.