Napoli vs Liverpool live score and goal updates from Champions League clash – The News

Napoli vs Liverpool live score and goal updates from Champions League clash – The News


 Liverpool were on the backfoot for most of the opening half of their Champions League defence as Napoli dominated at the San Paulo  Bar a Sadio Mane chance from an acute angle the Reds had little to smile about as Napoli caused problems down the flanks  Lorenzo Insigne ‘s cut back almost led to a goal as Fabian Ruiz’ shot was beat away by Adrian before he recovered to make a second save  Hirving Lozano nodded in the loose ball but had strayed into an offside position so it failed to count  Liverpool continued to defend in numbers as they looked for the breakaway but often relied on Virgil van Dijk to clear the danger  But the Reds found a burst of life in the closing stages, James Milner almost sliding in Mohamed Salah before the veteran’s cross was heading inches wide of the post from Roberto Firmino  Follow all the action, as it happens, below.   Napoli XI: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Callejón, Allan, Fabián Ruiz, Insigne; Mertens, Lozano   Liverpool XI: Adrian;Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, ManeKey EventsGOAL! Mertens puts Napoli ahead21:41Evening all18:0121:56FT: Napoli 2-0 Liverpool Liverpool get their Champions League defence off to a disappointing start after two late goals gave Napoli the win  Dries Mertens converted from the spot after Andy Robertson was adjudged to have fouled Jose Callejon in the box  Fernando Llorente then capitalised on a rare Virgil van Dijk error to seal the points in stoppage time after sliding the ball past Adrian  It’s the second defeat in successive years at the San Paulo for the Reds, and certainly not what Jurgen Klopp and his men were hoping for 21:51GOAL! Llorente seals the win for Napoli It’s 2-0 and Llorente has had his say  The Tottenham man gaining revenge for the cup final defeat in June to steal in on a loose ball and slide it past Adrian to seal Napoli’s win 21:49 Napoli playing down the clock now, but Callejon almost finds Llorente in the box for a header His cross is too high but the danger remains and Matip has to clear.21:45 Corner to Liverpool goes short, Henderson whips in but Fabinho can only head it out for a goal kick  Liverpool need something from somewhere.21:41KEY EVENTGOAL! Mertens puts Napoli ahead Napoli have the lead as Adrian can only get a hand to Dries Mertens penalty  The forward put too much power on it to fire into the corner and give his side a late advantage 21:40 The decision stands and Mertens steps up to take.21:40PENALTY to Napoli! Callejon goes down in the box under the outstretched leg of Robertson There was minimal contact but the ref has pointed to the spot. VAR check in progress 21:38 Salah curls in an enticing ball for Mane who he can’t get on the end of it. Story of Liverpool’s night that 21:38 Liverpool pegging the hosts back now. Can they find a goal?21:37 Llorente fouls van Dijk in the first real tussle between those two 21:36 Henderson hares forward with the ball, finds Mane who plays it straight to Salah, but the Egyptian doesn’t find his intended target and the attack finishes Liverpool on top now though and will feel more confident as this game goes on.21:34 Allan departs the field to be replaced by Elmas as Napoli make their third and final change 21:33 Liverpool building the play patiently, and Mane gets a shot off, but Meret gets down well and is equal to it Nice turn and through ball from Firmino to set up the shot.21:28 Firmino looks for Wijnaldum but Koulibaly hoofs it clear He’s been a colossus at the back for Napoli tonight.21:2821:28Here comes Llorente Ex-Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente enters the fray in place of Lozano He’s had a decent game but van Dijk has more than had the measure of him.21:25Subs Milner is going to make way shortly after picking up that booking and Wijnaldum is on in his place  Zielinski also replaces Insigne for Napoli.21:24SAVE! Mistake from Napoli and Salah is in! He lets one fly at goal with his left boot but Meret tips it round the pst superbly 21:23 Alexander-Arnold with a wayward pass and Napoli can break. Mertens attempts one from distance but his effort is blocked The hosts building up an attack, but Adrian catches cleanly.21:2121:21 Napoli burst forward again but Matip steps into alleviate the danger at the perfect time He had to get that one right.21:20 Milner gets his name in the book. He was lucky to escape the punishment a few minutes ago, and this second foul was certainly less physical than the first, but the amalgamation earns him a yellow 21:19 Firmino clips a searching ball looking for Salah, who goes for the volley but it results in a wild swing and the ball goes out  You get the sense that the final ball or touch may just let Liverpool down tonight as it has done so much already 21:17 Napoli players berating the official over a foul by Fabinho. It was little more than a tangle of legs but Napoli are incensed 21:16 But Robertson does collect a booking for tugging back Callejon. It was cynical but the winger made a meal out of it 21:15 Milner with a typically robust challenge on Allan. No card given, perhaps somewhat fortunately 21:1521:14Chance for Liverpool Mane and Salah are clean through in a two-on-one. But Mane’s pass is poor as he overhits it and the ball runs away from Salah That was a big chance.21:13 Insigne wins a corner off Alexander-Arnold. They’re complaining for handball against the Reds full-back but there’s no real case for it 21:12 Van Dijk stops a Napoli attack. This game becoming increasingly end-to-end now Both sides capable of a quick counter which we could well see more of as the tie becomes stretched

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