Leicester and Napoli face an uphill battle to reach the Europa League round of 16 after suffering shocking defeats on Thursday, while Rangers’ 1-0 loss to Sparta Prague was overshadowed by another row of races involving Glen Kamara. A very changed Leicester lost 1-0 to Legia Warsaw in Poland, while Napoli’s unbeaten record this season was ended by Quincy Promes’ brace for Spartak Moscow in a thrilling 3 victory -2 for the Russians at the Diego Maradona stadium. Unlike the Italians, who dominate Serie A with a 100% record, Leicester have also started badly in the Premier League. With that in mind, Brendan Rodgers made some big changes ahead of Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace and paid a heavy price.
The only goal of a cautious encounter in Warsaw came in the 31st minute when Mahir Emreli shrugged Daniel Amartey and landed a low shot through Jannik Vestergaard’s legs and into the post.
âI made the changes but that doesn’t take away the importance of it. We still have four games to qualify, âsaid Rodgers.
âWe have a point in two games, but we have enough time to do it. “
Napoli got off to a good start as Elif Elmas struck after just 11 seconds.
However, Mario Rui’s 29th-minute red card changed the course of the game.
Promes equalized early in the second half and Mikhail Ignatov put the visitors ahead before the dismissal of Maximiliano Caufriez balanced the numbers.
Another goal from Promes in stoppage time put the game past Napoli despite the withdrawal of Victor Osimhen from late consolation.
Legia lead the group with six points with Spartak out of three and the more fanciful Leicester and Napoli started with one apiece.
GERRARD ‘NOT SURPRISED’ BY KAMARA ABUS
Rangers’ poor European form also continued as Steven Gerrard’s men were beaten in the Czech capital where attention was once again drawn to Kamara.
The Finland international was racially abused by Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela last season, which saw the Czech international suspended for 10 matches from UEFA and saw him miss the Euro 2020.
Letna stadium was originally slated to be closed for Rangers to visit following a separate racist accusation against Sparta after Monaco’s AurÃ©lien Tchouameni suffered abuse in August.
Instead, UEFA accepted a proposal that the game be played mostly in front of school children with a few accompanying adults, but boos were heard every time Kamara touched the ball.
David Hancko’s header in the first half sentenced Rangers to a second straight Group A loss before Kamara was sent off 15 minutes from time for two bookable fouls.
âI’m not surprised. We’re playing behind closed doors, apparently, for a reason,â Gerrard said. “This is not the first time that there have been problems in this place. The powers that be are not doing enough.”
Karl Toko Ekambi scored twice for Lyon, beating Brondby 3-0 to stay ahead of Group A with maximum points in two games.
Celtic are also pointless after being beaten 4-0 at home by Bayer Leverkusen.
Piero Hincapie and 18-year-old sensation Florian Wirtz gave the Germans a sizable lead at halftime. Lucas Alario’s penalty and Armine Adil’s stoppage strike ended the rout in Glasgow.
Betis beat Ferencvaros 3-1 in Hungary to tie at six points with Leverkusen.
West Ham also had two wins in two games with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Rapid Vienna thanks to goals from Declan Rice and Said Benrahma.
In Group B, Real Sociedad and Monaco drew 1-1 in San SebastiÃ¡n, while PSV Eindhoven rose to the top of the group with a 4-1 victory at Sturm Graz.
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