Europa League - Group F
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Napoli 0-1 Alkmaar: Dutch side win despite missing 13 players after positive coronavirus tests

AZ Alkmaar
Alkmaar travelled to Italy with just 17 players

When AZ Alkmaar fans heard their team would be facing Italian giants Napoli in the Europa League with 13 players ruled out because of positive coronavirus tests, they must have feared the worst.

Instead, a side featuring a number of youth teams players pulled off a shock by winning 1-0 in the Group F match.

Dani de Wit curled in the unexpected winner in the second half.

It was a frustrating evening for the hosts, who had dominated throughout.

Elsewhere, Pablo Alcacer scored two goals in just eight minutes after coming off the bench as Villarreal beat Sivasspor 5-3 in a thriller.

Turkish side Sivasspor had come back from two goals down to level 2-2 and although on-loan Tottenham defender Juan Foyth restored the lead for Villarreal, Max Gradel struck to level again for the visitors.

However, Alcacer was introduced in the 70th minute and scored in the 74th and 78th minutes to give the Spanish side victory in Group I.

David Silva
David Silva joined Real Sociedad in August after leaving Manchester City

Mario Gotze made it two goals in two games for PSV Eindhoven but it was not enough to prevent the Dutch side from losing to Granada in their Group E opener.

Gotze had opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time but goals from Jorge Molina and Darwin Machis ensured the Spanish side marked their Europa League group stage debut with a win.

Former Manchester City midfielder David Silva made his 101st European appearance as he helped Real Sociedad beat Croatians Rijeka in Group F.

Silva's clever reverse ball sent Mikel Merino away on the left and his cutback was fired home in stoppage time by Jon Bautista to give the Spanish side victory.

Finally, Bayer Leverkusen were the round's highest scorers as the Germans thrashed French side Nice 6-2 in Group C while Italians Roma came back from a goal down to beat Swiss side Young Boys 2-1 in Group A.

Line-ups

Napoli

  • 1Meret
  • 22Di Lorenzo
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 26KoulibalyBooked at 90mins
  • 23HysajSubstituted forMário Ruiat 59'minutes
  • 8Ruiz
  • 68LobotkaSubstituted forDemmeat 66'minutes
  • 21PolitanoSubstituted forBakayokoat 83'minutes
  • 14Mertens
  • 11LozanoSubstituted forInsigneat 59'minutes
  • 9OsimhenSubstituted forPetagnaat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Demme
  • 5Bakayoko
  • 6Mário Rui
  • 16Contini
  • 24Insigne
  • 25Ospina
  • 31Ghoulam
  • 33Rrahmani
  • 37Petagna
  • 44Manolas

AZ Alkmaar

  • 1Bizot
  • 2Svensson
  • 3Chatzidiakos
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 5Wijndal
  • 8Koopmeiners
  • 6MidtsjøSubstituted forLeeuwinat 88'minutes
  • 26Sugawara
  • 7Stengs
  • 11KarlssonSubstituted forGudmundssonat 88'minutes
  • 10de WitBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 16Verhulst
  • 21Goudmijn
  • 23Taabouni
  • 27Leeuwin
  • 28Gudmundsson
  • 40Gullit
  • 51Velthuis
  • 56Évora
Referee:
Daniel Stefanski
Attendance:
494

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamAZ Alkmaar
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home20
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Napoli 0, AZ 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Napoli 0, AZ 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mário Rui with a cross following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Diego Demme (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Albert Gudmundsson (AZ).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mário Rui (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Booking

    Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

  9. Post update

    Dani de Wit (AZ) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, AZ. Albert Gudmundsson replaces Jesper Karlsson.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, AZ. Ramon Leeuwin replaces Fredrik Midtsjø.

  12. Post update

    Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Dani de Wit (AZ).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kalidou Koulibaly.

  15. Post update

    Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jonas Svensson (AZ).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Tiemoué Bakayoko (Napoli).

  18. Post update

    Calvin Stengs (AZ) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fabián Ruiz (Napoli) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Demme.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Tiemoué Bakayoko replaces Matteo Politano.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1CFR Cluj11002023
2Roma11002113
3Young Boys100112-10
4CSKA Sofia100102-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde11002113
2Arsenal11002113
3Dundalk100112-10
4Rapid Vienna100112-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Leverkusen11006243
2Hapoel Be'er Sheva11003123
3Slavia Prague100113-20
4Nice100126-40

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Benfica11004223
2Rangers11002023
3Lech Poznan100124-20
4Standard Liege100102-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Granada11002113
2Omonia Nicosia10101101
3PAOK Salonika10101101
4PSV Eindhoven100112-10

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1AZ Alkmaar11001013
2Real Sociedad11001013
3Napoli100101-10
4HNK Rijeka100101-10

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester11003033
2Sporting Braga11003033
3Zorya Luhansk100103-30
4AEK Athens100103-30

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lille11004133
2AC Milan11003123
3Celtic100113-20
4Sparta Prague100114-30

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal11005323
2Maccabi Tel-Aviv11001013
3FK Qarabag100101-10
4Sivasspor100135-20

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham11003033
2Royal Antwerp11002113
3Ludogorets100112-10
4LASK100103-30

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1CSKA Moscow10101101
2RZ Pellets WAC10101101
3Dinamo Zagreb10100001
4Feyenoord10100001

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hoffenheim11002023
2Slovan Liberec11001013
3KAA Gent100101-10
4Red Star Belgrade100102-20
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