Dries Mertens has given Napoli the half-time lead away to AZ Alkmaar, as Europa League Round of 32 qualification is close.
The Partenopei had lost the opener at home to AZ, but since recovered to lead the group, so a win would guarantee qualification for the Round of 32. Victor Osimhen was still out injured, but confidence was high after crushing Roma 4-0 at the weekend in Serie A.
It was a lightning start from both teams, as Albert Gudmundsson had a shot on goal within 10 seconds, but Napoli made their stick with a Giovanni Di Lorenzo cross from the right turned in by Dries Mertens from seven yards, springing the offside trap.
David Ospina had to get down for a great save to push Zakaria Aboukhlal’s daisy-cutter onto the upright on 21 minutes.
Di Lorenzo flicked a corner on just beyond Mertens, but Napoli held out well under pressure.
AZ Alkmaar 0-1 Napoli (Half-Time)
Mertens 6 (N)
AZ Alkmaar: Bizot; Sugawara, Hatzidiakos, Martins Indi, Wijndal; Midtsjo, Koopmeiners; De Wit; Stengs, Gudmundsson, Aboukhlal
Napoli: Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Fabian Ruiz, Bakayoko, Zielinski; Politano, Mertens, Insigne
Ref: Buquet (FRA)
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