Granada will be among the 16 best teams in the Europa League. The Andalusians increased their record in the first continental participation by eliminating Napoli, champions of the competition in 1989 and one of the best teams in Italy, at the Diego Maradona stadium, making a good 2-0 in the first leg after falling 2-1. The merit of Granada is of aúpa. It prolongs your dream in Europe even at the cost of paying a significant toll. In a high intensity duel, he lost Machís, Gonalons, Neva and Germán through injury. Logical setbacks when a team moves at these competitive levels
Napoli always tried, but lacked the faith to believe in the comeback. He scored early through Zielinski, but Montoro's header to make it 1-1 did him a lot of damage. Fabian scored the second goal and when Napoli pressed the most, the figure of Rui Silva emerged, who made a save from Ghoulam in the extension with 2-1 on the scoreboard. With suffering, in an eternal discount, the team achieved its classification to continue making history in Europe.
NápolesAlex Meret, Maksimovic (Ghoulam, min. 45), Koulibaly, Rrahmani, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Fabián, Bakayoko, Eljif Elmas ( Mertens, min. 59), Politano, Zielinski and InsigneGranadaRui Silva, Domingos Duarte, Carlos Neva (Nehuén Pérez, min. 45), Foulquier, Germán (Yangel Herrera, min. 54), Montoro (Jesús Vallejo, min. 82), Gonalons (Víctor Díaz, min. 46), Puertas, Kenedy, Brice and Jorge Molina (Soldier, min. 83) Goals1-0 min. 2: Zielinski. 1-1 min. 24: Montoro. 2-1 min. 58: Fabian. Referee Daniel Siebert Yellow cards Kennedy (min. 35), Politano (min. 35), Montoro (min. 38), Domingos Duarte (min. 39), Maksimovic (min. 40), Insigne (min. 40), Germán (min. 54 ), Yangel Herrera (min. 61), Bakayoko (min. 87), Koulibaly (min. 89) and Foulquier (min. 89)
An extraordinary Granada knew how to overcome all adversities in the battle of Naples. Neva's tears on the edge of halftime when he had to leave injured, Diego Martínez's hug to Gonalons at the time the Frenchman broke down and the initial troubles after Zielinski's goal were stones in the way that this good Granada solved with a majestic Montoro jump. So much suffering in a team that goes to the limit was rewarded by its competitive spirit and by the desire to do something important in this Europa League. As day laborers thirsty for glory, the Granada players overcome everything. For example, also to the injury in the warm-up of his best man, Machís. And of course, aware of Zielinski who gave Napoli wings after three minutes of play.
It was not a brilliant Granada, but it was effective against a rival who played with three centrals to be surprised with a goal from Montoro after a soft center from Foulquier. Napoli are not going through their best moment, but even without spirit it is a team that has very interesting elements. The 2-0 in the first leg weighed on him like a slab, also freeing the heads of the Granada footballers, who knew how to give the game what it needed. Montoro's goal was worth gold while Napoli were unable to find the infernal rhythm that a European comeback requires.
Battered by so much injury, Granada decided to defend with solvency and let the minutes pass. Napoli, with Fabián and Insigne more intoned , searched the Andalusian area with more determination, finding a goal from Fabián and a multitude of approaches after the 2-1. With Vallejo as a midfielder and Soldado pulling experience, it was Rui Silva who flew to prevent Ghoulam's goal and enormous suffering in the final minutes. A fantastic flight for the Portuguese goalkeeper, as fantastic is the trip of this Granada through Europe. An unapologetic rookie who dispatched an important team in Europe. Those of Diego Martínez will be in the hype in this Friday's draw for the second round of the second European competition.