2021-22 UEFA Europa League, Group Stage
  • Ayoze Pérez (9')
  • Harvey Barnes (64')
  • Wilfred Ndidi (90'+3')
  • Victor Osimhen (69', 87')

Napoli fight back to deny Leicester City

Napoli players celebrate after scoring a goal against Leicester City in the Europa League. Getty Images

Striker Victor Osimhen scored a second-half brace as Napoli fought back to earn a 2-2 draw at Leicester City in a pulsating Europa League Group C clash on Thursday.

Ayoze Perez fired Leicester into a ninth-minute lead when he side-footed home a perfect Harvey Barnes cross and Leicester soaked up pressure with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel making several fine saves before they doubled their lead.

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Napoli pressed but were caught cold in the 64th minute as Barnes took a defence-splitting pass by Kelechi Iheanacho in his stride and drilled a crisp low shot through keeper David Ospina's legs.

Nigerian Osimhen pulled one back five minutes later with a predator's finish as he pulled away from his marker and poked the ball over the advancing Schmeichel from close range.

With Leicester running out of steam, Osimhen rose above his markers to head home a Matteo Politano cross in the 87th minute and spark wild celebrations on the Napoli bench.

Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card.