Italians badly needed this victory, and they put a lot of pressure on Pyatov’s goals throughout the entire match. The guests had their nice moment in the first half, mostly relying on counterattacks; however, Taison’s shot went the post, and Reina managed to deflect Marlos’s long ball.
Insigne scored first, making Shakhtar switch tactics; later, well into the second half, when the Mountaineers showed signs of fatigue, Napoli added to the score, thanks to the efforts of Zielinski and Mertens.
As Man City defeated Feyenoord and now enjoys five victories in five games, the Ukrainian team finds itself on a tough spot. Shakhtar will host the Citizens in the home game in Kharkiv, and they need to make it at least a draw – or win – in order to proceed to the playoffs. If the Mountaineers lose, their only hope to qualify for the playoffs will be Napoli’s draw or loss to Feyenoord in the Netherlands.