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In a captivating Champions League Group C encounter on Wednesday, Italian champions Napoli secured a 2-1 away victory, thanks to a late own goal by Sporting Braga defender Sikou Niakate.
In a match characterized by numerous missed opportunities, Napoli broke the deadlock in first-half injury time when captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo capitalized on a clever nod-down by striker Victor Osimhen. Di Lorenzo skillfully directed the ball off the bar and into the net.
Braga, making their third Champions League appearance and their first in 11 seasons, raised their intensity in the second half. Forward Bruma leveled the score in the 84th minute with a well-executed header, connecting with a precise cross delivered by substitute Rodrigo Zalazar.
However, just four minutes later, Niakate inadvertently sealed the victory for the visiting team. He deflected a pass from Piotr Zielinski into the net from close range with his first touch, handing Napoli a crucial victory.