Napoli thrashed Liverpool 4-1 on Wednesday in the first day of Group A of the Champions League, in a match in which the Italians dominated the finalists of the last edition (1-0 defeat against Real Madrid).
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Naples, a steamroller
The Pole Piotr Zielinski (5 penalty, 47) the Cameroonian Andre Zambo Anguissa(31) and Argentine Giovanni Simeone (44) knocked out the 2019 champion, who only reacted thanks to a magnificent shot from Colombian Luis Díaz from outside the box (49). The result could have been more bulky, given the great chances of Napoli in the first half and, especially, the penalty missed by the Nigerian Victor Osimhen (18).
With this result, the Italians become second in key A, only surpassed by the goal difference of Ajax Amsterdam, which thrashed Rangers (4-0).
The group of < b>Jurgen Klopp, who is not going through a good moment in the domestic championship either (three draws, two wins and one loss) and who had plenty of victories in the group stage of the last edition, starts in the worst way possible new European campaign.
Napoli dominated the 'Reds' from the first minutes, with a clear chance from Cameroon's Victor Osimhen before the first minute of play. Another early shot on goal by Alisson Becker hit James Milner's hand inside the area, an action punished with a penalty that Zielinski converted (5).
Defender knocked out
A new attack by the locals ended with Virgil van Dijk bringing down Osimhen, punished with another penalty that, in this time, he was stopped by Becker (18). The save seemed to give wings to the 'Reds' but a few minutes later, Van Dijk had to clear a shot from the Georgian Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (27) on the goal line.
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After this new announcement, Anguissa finally managed to score the second and deserved goal for the locals (32). Minutes later, Osimhen had to be treated and was finally replaced by Gio Simeone… who scored the third goal for the Italian team three minutes after stepping on the pitch (44).
Pointed out for his poor defensive performance, Joe Gomez was replaced by Joel Matip at half-time, in an attempt by Klopp to stop the defensive bleeding, but the second half followed the same script and just two minutes after passing through the changing rooms, Zelinski scored the second from your personal account (47).
It was then that the Colombian Luis Díaz reacted with a well-placed shot that reduced the distance on the scoreboard (49).
With the entry of the Uruguayan Darwin Núñez, the chances of the 'Reds' increased but without success and the game came to an end with a new and disappointing setback for the English team this season.
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