Napoli defeat in Austria means bad news for the Netherlands

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Napoli has qualified for the quarterfinals of the Europa League, but the result in Austria is detrimental to the Dutch Eredivisie.

The Italian top club lost 3-1 to Red Bull Salzburg on Thursday-evening in Austria, but the team of coach Carlo Ancelotti did not really lose that after the 3-0 victory last week at home. In addition to himself, Napoli also did a good job in Dutch football.

The Netherlands is not yet certain of the coveted 11th place on the UEFA coefficient list. Due to the elimination of Salzburg, Austria has been played in Europe this season, but the Alpine country has taken over eleventh place from the Netherlands for the time being. If the Netherlands wants to jump over Austria again, then Ajax must draw at least once in the remainder of the current Champions Leagueseason. The number eleven of the coefficient list may delegate the champion to the main tournament of the Champions League in the 2020/21 season, provided that the winner of the billiard ball of the 2019/20 season also qualifies for the tournament via the competition (which almost always happens) ).

After the 3-0 victory of last week in the own Stadio San Paolo, Napoli was actually certain of the next round, but the team of Ancelotti initially seemed to want to hand over his calling card. In any case, the Italians had an excellent start to the game and already took the lead after fourteen minutes of playing football. The steamed Mário Rui got the ball with some fortune at Arek Milik, after which the Polish striker acrobatically rounded off: 0-1. Napoli then remained the parent, but could not prevent the home team coming alongside shortly after the opening goal.

Allan suffered sloppy ball loss in midfield, after which Dominik Szoboszlai immediately put Munas Dabbur to work. The striker from Israel had a nice logging movement at home in the penalty area and finally finished in a controlled manner in the short corner: 1-1. The remainder of the first half did not yield any more goals, although Napoli was close to a second goal via Fabián Ruiz: the shot from the Spanish midfielder ravaged the woodwork.

Salzburg refused to throw in the towel and bravely sought out the attack in the second half. In minute 65, the team of coach Marco Rose deservedly took the lead: a cross from Andreas Ulmer was walked in at the second post by Fredrik Gulbrandsen. In the absolute final phase, Salzburg increased the score even more via Christoph Leitgeb, but a miracle did not materialize