Spartak Moscow coach Rui Vitoria has one last laugh with a hilarious reaction after Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti refused to shake hands after the Europa League clash.
- Luciano Spalletti was furious after Napoli’s 2-1 loss on Wednesday night
- Spartak coach Rui Vitoria approached with outstretched hand and smiling
- The Napoli boss raised both hands to show he had no intention of shaking hands
Spartak Moscow manager Rui Vitoria produced a hilarious response after Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti refused to shake his hand.
The Italian was furious after the Serie A leaders suffered a 2-1 defeat in the Europa League on Wednesday night.
After the final whistle, Vitoria approached with her hand extended and smiling, but Spalletti raised both hands to show that she was aware of the gesture and had no intention of participating.
Spartak Moscow coach Rui Vitoria produced a hilarious response to the snub of the handshake
That brought a wry smile from the Spartak boss and Spalletti later defended his slight.
‘He didn’t greet me before the game. That’s when you shake hands with the other coach, not in the end just because you won, ” he told Sky.
Spartak raised their hopes of reaching the Europa League round of 16 after two goals from forward Aleksandr Sobolev helped them beat Napoli 2-1 in a Group C match in the snow on Wednesday.
Spartak lead the group with seven points from five games, ahead of Napoli in a better head-to-head record, as they completed the double over the Serie A leaders after beating them 3-2 in the reverse match.
Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti was furious after the 2-1 loss on Wednesday night
Sobolev put Spartak ahead with a penalty in the third minute and made it 2-0 with a header off the far post in the 28th minute after goalkeeper Aleksandr Selikhov turned Napoli away with three superb saves.
Selikhov thwarted Eljif Elmas with a double stop from close range and parried Piotr Zielinski’s shot at the corner, having avoided a fierce effort from Dries Mertens early in the second half.
The goalkeeper was unable to do anything in the 64th minute when Elmas beat him with a header down from six meters after Andrea Petagna crossed the midfielder perfectly.
Livewire Elmas came close to scoring the tying goal in the 90th minute, but Selikhov was victorious again with his shot, with Spartak holding on into injury time.