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Sports News of Thursday, 25 November 2021


Victor Moses records fourth assist as Spartak Moscow leapfrog Napoli

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Former Nigerian international, Victor Moses, contributed an assist as Spartak Moscow boosted their hopes of reaching the Europa League knockout stages after two goals from striker Aleksandr Sobolev helped the Russian team to a 2-1 home win over Napoli.

Moses’ cross from the flank was netted by Sobolev in the 28th minutes for Spartak’s second goal. Sobolev earlier got the curtain-raiser in the third minute to give the Russian team hopes of making it to the knock out phase from the Group C standing.

It was Moses’ fourth assist in five games in this season’s Europa League for Spartak.

Spartak now tops the group on seven points from five games, above Napoli on a better head-to-head record as they completed the double over the Serie A leaders having beaten them 3-2 in the reverse fixture.

Third-placed Legia Warsaw has six points from four games, one more than Leicester City ahead of their visit to the English side tonight.

Spartak’s goalkeeper Aleksandr Selikhov denied Napoli with three superb stops.

Selikhov thwarted Eljif Elmas with a double save from close range and pawed away Piotr Zielinski’s shot on the turn, having also kept out a fierce Dries Mertens effort early in the second half.

The keeper was however powerless in the 64th minute when Elmas beat him with a downward header from six metres after Andrea Petagna chipped a perfect cross into the midfielder.

Livewire Elmas came close to grabbing a 90th-minute equaliser for Napoli but Selikhov again came out on top as he clawed out his shot, with Spartak hanging on in stoppage time.