Napoli team wears Maradona 10 shirts in UEL win


Napoli overcame Croatian side Rijeka 2-0 on Thursday in their first match since the death of Diego Maradona, the Italian club’s greatest and most popular player.

On an emotionally charged evening, the Napoli team took the field for the Europa League game wearing No. 10 shirts with Maradona’s name emblazoned on the back, while a photograph of the Argentine idol stared down from the electronic scoreboard.

– Marcotti: Maradona soccer’s ultimate flawed genius
Messi on Maradona passing: ‘Diego is eternal’
Diego Maradona: Soccer great’s life in pictures
Maradona front pages: ‘In the hands of God’

Banners showing images of Maradona, who led Napoli to two Serie A titles during seven extraordinary seasons at the club in the 1980s, were placed around the San Paolo stadium, which was eerily empty and quiet due to COVID-19 regulations.

Although spectators were not allowed into the ground itself, however, fans gathered outside the stadium chanting “Diego, Diego” and other anthems.

Hundreds of blue and white Napoli scarves were tied to railings outside the stadium, and flowers, children’s pictures, church candles and even a bottle of wine were laid out along the pavement in a makeshift shrine.

Maradona died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 60.

Once the game started, Napoli dominated and created several chances before Rijeka full-back Armando Anastasio, under pressure from Matteo Politano, turned Piotr Zielinski‘s shot into his own net five minutes before half-time.

Hirving Lozano made the result safe in the 75th minute, controlling Lorenzo Insigne‘s pass before slotting the ball past Ivan Nevistic to leave Napoli top of Group F with nine points from four games, two ahead of AZ Alkmaar and Real Sociedad.

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Lawrence Juma: I have come of age playing for Harambee Stars
QB Bowman leaving Texas Tech as grad transfer
From the Negro Leagues to home run king: Hank Aaron’s legacy extends far past baseball
Aus. Open umpire hospitalised after heart attack
Milan sign Mandzukic on Ibra-style loan deal

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *