Ex-Super Eagle Victor Moses was in scintillating form, providing a decisive assist as Spartak Moscow beat a Napoli side missing the injured Victor Osimhen to go top of Group C in this season’s Europa League.
Moses teed up Alexander Sobolev to complete a first half brace in the 28th-minute after the striker had given the home side an early lead from the spot.
Elif Elmas pulled one back for Gli Azzurri in the 64th-minute but the Russians held on to win 2-1 and complete the double over the Italians.
Spartak are level on seven points with Napoli but go top of the group for the time being on head-to-head with one round of matches left. The winner of the tie between bottom side Leicester City and Legia Warsaw who face off at the King Power later on Tuesday will take charge of the group.
It was Napoli’s first game since they announced star striker Osimhen will be out for three months after undergoing surgery for a facial injury sustained at the weekend.
And without the physical presence and penetrating runs of the 22-year-old who has scored four goals in this season’s competition, Napoli struggled to breach the opposition’s defence and found chances hard to come by.
And in the absence of his injured compatriot, it was Moses who shone to ensure Spartak remain in the hunt for a place in the knockouts.