Leicester relegated to the Europa Conference League, Napoli advance to the EL knockout stages

Leicester City have been relegated to the Europa Conference League, while Napoli have advanced to the Europa League knockout stages.

Napoli defeated Leicester City 3-2 at home on Thursday to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages as Group C runners-up behind Spartak Moscow.

Spartak Moscow defeated Legia Warsaw 1-0 to claim an automatic last-16 ticket, while Napoli will face a playoff against one of the Champions League’s third-placed teams after the winter break.

Leicester will enter the third-tier Europa Conference League, where they will face one of the competition’s runners-up in a playoff for a last-16 berth.

Napoli took the lead in the fourth minute through Adam Ounas’s stunning low strike, and the Serie A side appeared to be in cruise control as Eljif Elmas made it 2-0 with a tap-in following unselfish work by Andrea Petagna.

However, sloppy defence cost the home side twice in quick succession before halftime, as Jonny Evans punched in a loose ball in the 27th minute and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall volleyed in his first Leicester goal.

Elmas of North Macedonia restored Napoli’s lead shortly after the break, deflecting a tame cross through a stagnant defense and directed the ball past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

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