Last Updated on 03/16/2023 by てんしょく飯
The second leg of the first round of the Champions League (CL) tournament (round of 16) took place on 15 March between Napoli (Italy) and Frankfurt (Germany).
Napoli returned home with a big advantage after winning the first leg 2-0 in hostile conditions on 21 February.
Since the first leg, they have won the other two games by a scoreless draw, although they suffered a 0-1 defeat against Lazio in the 25th round on 3 March, and they are still leading the Serie A table. Frankfurt, on the other hand, have been winless in the Bundesliga since losing the first leg, losing two games to one. They are not in the best of form but will be looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since the 1959-60 season, when they reached the final.
Napoli made two changes to their starting line-up from the first leg. Mario Rui replaced Matias Olivera at left-back, while Matteo Politano replaced Irving Lozano on the right wing. Meanwhile, Frankfurt replaced four starters from the first leg. Raphael Bolle came in for the front line in the absence of Randal Kolo Mouagni due to suspension. Daichi Kamata starts, while Makoto Hasebe starts from the bench.
Napoli continued to push for the goal in the early stages of the game, but in the 31st minute Frankfurt created a scene that wasn’t too bad. Kamata received Evan Ndica’s pass and sent it directly into the space behind him, where Bole and Mario Goetze reacted. However, the two players were not in sync with each other and the finish was not possible.
The game was broken in first-half added time. Stanislav Lobotka reacted to a loose ball in the middle of the opposition line and sent a through ball into space on the right flank, where Politano slipped in to cross with his right foot. Victor Osimhen, who was waiting in the centre of the penalty area, sank a header from a high jump to put Napoli ahead going into half-time.
Napoli continued to attack in the second half, and in the 53rd minute Hvicha Kvaratsheria cut in on the left flank and connected with a floated pass to the opposite side, where Politano received the ball and used Giovanni Di Lorenzo, who was running inside. The direct turnaround was pushed in by Oshimhen.
Frankfurt, on the other hand, were on the back foot in the 58th minute when Djibril Sow sent a through ball after receiving a pass from Ansgar Knauf, which Bollée slipped in and turned into the middle. Kamata jumped to meet it, but his shot lacked power and was stopped by the goalkeeper.
In the 62nd minute, Piotr Zieliński was brought down and Zieliński himself firmly scored the third goal to seal the second leg victory for Napoli. The game went to time as it stood.
Napoli not only closed out Frankfurt throughout the 180 minutes, but their attackers also produced solid results, making the total score 5-0 in the two games. It is the first time in the club’s history that they have reached the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Frankfurt’s CL adventure comes to an end here. Kamata played the full match. Hasebe, who would have broken the all-time record for a German club field player if he had been on the pitch, did not play in the second leg following the first leg.
The draw for the quarter-finals is scheduled to take place later on 17 March. The first leg of the quarter-finals is scheduled to take place on 11 or 12 April and the second leg on 18 or 19 April.
Napoli 3-0 (2 legs: 5-0) Frankfurt
1-0 45+2 min Victor Osimhen (Napoli)
2-0 53 min Victor Osimhen (Napoli)
3-0 64 mins Piotr Zielinski (PK/Napoli)