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UEFA Champions League
3 October 2018
Game week
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Stadio San Paolo (Napoli)


L. Insigne (G) 90' (assist by: José Callejón)
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Lorenzo Insigne snatches the three points for Napoli at the death, handing a blow to Liverpool at the Stadio San Paolo. The home side were the better team on the evening and their efforts in the second half deserved the winner. Dries Mertens struck the bar as it appeared Carlo Ancelotti's men would have to settle for a draw. However, Napoli's three attacking players combined to secure the victory as Jose Callejon teed up Insigne to find the net on the slide at the back post. The Reds were poor throughout and would have been fortunate to leave with a point. The result moves the Italian outfit to the top of Group C, while Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain are now level on points following the French side's win over Red Star Belgrade.
90'+3 Robertson punts the ball forward from the back, but the home side are able to clear the danger with ease.
90'+2 Napoli go for the kill as Allan goes for a curler from the edge of the box, but his effort sails comfortably over the bar.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
Callejon produces a good run and a better cross to tee up Insigne to score.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! INSIGNE FINDS THE NET!! NAPOLI HAVE A LATE GOAL!!! 1-0!!! Mertens releases Callejon into the right inside channel and he beats Robertson down the flank for pace. He fires a brilliant low ball across the face of goal. Insigne gets the other side of Gomez, meeting the delivery on the slide to find the bottom corner. A huge goal in Group C.
89' Alisson comes off his line to deal with a long ball over the top, but does not communicate that with Gomez. It almost ends in a collison, but the defender is able to clear the danger.
Mane makes way for Sturridge for the final few minutes of the game.
86' Mertens and Gomez collide on the edge of the Liverpool box, but the free-kick goes to the visitors, much to the fury of the Belgian and the Napoli fans.
85' SAVE! Ospina is out and alert to clear ahead of Salah as Mane almost released the forward behind the Napoli backline. Excellent work from the Colombian.
84' Napoli are doing all of the pressing in the late stages of the game. Liverpool are keeping 10 men behind the ball to hang on to a point here.
82' OFF THE BAR! Napoli are inches from the lead. Mertens strikes the bar from close range. Rui was unopposed down the left flank and he fired a brilliant ball across the face of goal. Mertens drifted in between Gomez and Van Dijk and was able to connect with the delivery. His effort beat Alisson, only to smash off the bar and bounce to the edge of the box. Zielinski tried an effort on the rebound, only to lift his strike over the bar.
81' Zielinski replaces Hamsik for the home side.
80' It will be interesting to see how both sides approach the final 10 minutes. From Liverpool's perspective a point is not a bad result considering that they've been far from their best.
78' Liverpool press down the right flank as Alexander-Arnold whips a cross into the box. Salah and Firmino keep the attack alive, but a loose pass from Robertson ends the spell of pressure.
76' Milner makes way for Fabinho for the visitors.
Koulibaly remains forward for Napoli and takes control on the edge of the box before firing at goal. However, he slices his attempt well wide of the post.
75' OFF THE LINE! Koulibaly breaks into space down the left flank and he clips a delightful cross to the back post. Callejon latches on to the delivery and guides a strike towards goal. His effort beats Alisson, but Gomez is there on the line to make the vital clearance.
73' OFFSIDE! Mertens releases Callejon in the right inside channel with an incisive throughball. The forward attempts to clip his effort over Alisson, but the Liverpool keeper makes the save. The linesman's flag went up late against Callejon, but Alisson wasn't aware.
72' Insigne curls a delivery to the back post looking for Mertens. Robertson makes the clearance, although it falls to Verdi to strike at goal. However, he gets his effort all wrong, dispatching it over the bar.
70' Liverpool have offered a little bit more in the final third over the last five minutes as Milner and Henderson are starting to shift further forward.
68' Milik makes way in the final third for Mertens.
Verdi replaces Ruiz for the home side.
WIDE! Napoli clear the corner as far as Salah on the edge of the box. He tries to bend his effort into the bottom corner, only to see his strike drift wide of the post.
67' Alexander-Arnold clips a pass in behind the Napoli defence and the presence of Firmino forces Koulibaly to head the ball behind for a corner.
65' Hamsik lifts the ball over the top of the Liverpool defence for Milik's run, but it skips off the surface and into the arms of Alisson on the inside edge of his penalty area.
63' Milner and Alexander-Arnold almost combine to tee up Salah in the box. The Egyptian attempts to twist and turn in the area, but he gets dispossessed before he can pull the trigger.
61' Liverpool have been lifeless in the final third since the restart. Klopp may have to look to his bench for answers to provide a spark.
59' WIDE! Napoli keep the attack alive and Rui cuts the ball back into the middle for Milik to strike, but he places his left-footed effort just wide of the post.
Milik slides a pass through for the run of Ruiz in the box, but Alexander-Arnold closes in with a fine challenge to stop his strike. The England man had to time his tackle to perfection.
58' Napoli are starting to put the visitors under pressure at the back. Klopp is a frustrated figure on the sideline at the moment.
56' Ruiz feeds Rui on the left flank and this time he fires the ball low towards the near post, but Van Dijk is there to block off the attempt from Insigne.
55' Rui is played down the left flank and has space and time to deliver a cross into the box, only to overhit the ball deep to the back post. A wasted opportunity for the home side.
54' Milner angles a ball over the top for the run of Alexander-Arnold, but the full-back cannot keep the ball in play in the right inside channel.
52' Koulibaly is involved from the set-piece once again and he tries to latch on to the second ball. He takes aim with a low drive from the left inside channel, only to see his effort saved by Alisson.
51' Liverpool clear the danger from the corner, although the home side keep pressing. Koulibaly weaves his way down the left flank and whips a good cross into the box that Robertson has to head behind.
50' SAVE! Milik drops into space and he powers a low effort towards the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Alisson gets down to make the save, although he palms the ball into the middle of the penalty area. Gomez is alert to clear behind ahead of Insigne.
48' The second half begins with the same tempo of the first. Both teams are lacking an intensity once again.
46' We're back underway at the Stadio San Paolo.
Mohamed Salah has not been at his best this evening. He has made a couple of runs that have not been fruitful for the visitors. Sadio Mane has endured similar struggles on the opposite flank, and although Roberto Firmino has put himself about, there's not a lot for the front three to feed on. Jurgen Klopp may need to alter his system at the break.
It's goalless at the break at the Stadio San Paolo between Napoli and Liverpool in their Champions League Group C clash. The home side have had the better opportunities of the first half as Lorenzo Insigne fired wide of the post in the early stages, while Arkadiusz Milik saw a drive beaten away by Alisson. The Reds have lacked a threat in the final third, although their rhythm may have been stymied by the loss of Naby Keita, who was carted from the field in the 18th minute.
Liverpool have a late chance on the break, but Salah loses possession on the edge of the box as Rui makes a key intervention for the home side. The Egyptian remains off the pace in the contest.
45'+3 Ruiz fizzes the ball into the Liverpool box from the left flank and Milik makes a move at the near post. He makes only glancing contact with his effort and it proves to be a simple stop for Alisson.
45'+2 Milner slides in late on Allan and goes into the book.
Insigne picks out the run of Callejon in space on the right flank with a cross-field pass. However, the forward fails to time his run and is caught offside.
45'+1 Albiol floats the ball forward from the back and Alexander-Arnold has to be alert to stop Rui's run forward, clearing out for a Napoli throw-in.
45' There will be four minutes of added time.
44' Koulibaly brings down Firmino in the centre circle. The Senegalese has to be careful having already been booked in the contest for his earlier foul on Van Dijk.
42' Henderson drives forward from the midfield and his offload travels towards Robertson in the left inside channel. He tries to force the ball across the face of goal, but is denied by Maksimovic, who makes the block and clears the danger.
40' Maksimovic wins a free-kick for his team down the right flank for a foul by Mane. Callejon whips the ball into the box, but at least three blue shirts are caught offside, moving too soon from the set-piece.
39' Milik has space in the final third and he goes for the offload towards Insigne in the box. However, his pass evades the run of his team-mate and trickles out for a goal-kick.
38' Robertson breaks into space down the left and his cross is diverted into Salah's feet. His low effort at goal from 20 yards is blocked, but into the path of Alexander-Arnold on the charge. The full-back goes for the blast, only to smash the ball well over the bar.
37' Salah latches on to Alexander-Arnold's pass into the right inside channel. He turns Rui to whip a low ball across the edge of the box, looking for the run of Mane. However, the home side make the interception as Allan travels back.
35' Albiol takes a knock to head as he gets clattered by Ospina in the six-yard box. However, the Napoli defender appears to be ok to continue.
34' Firmino tries to weave his way through traffic on the edge of the Napoli box, only to be crowded out before he can offload to Mane.
33' SAVE! Milik turns on the edge of the box and hammers an effort towards goal. Unfortunately for the Pole it's straight at Alisson, who punches the ball into the air before gathering at the second attempt.
Firmino has Salah in space on the left and the Brazilian tries to play his team-mate behind Koulibaly. The Senegalese keeps pace with the Liverpool forward and slides to make the interception. Great defending from the Napoli defender.
31' Callejon has space on the break and tries to thread a pass into the feet of Insigne in the box. Robertson and Gomez are well placed to make the interception for the visitors.
30' Liverpool have a throw-in down the right flank and Alexander-Arnold tries to find Salah. However, Koulibaly tracks his movement and clears ahead of the forward.
28' Robertson tries to release Mane down the left flank, but Maksimovic gets across the forward. The Napoli defender's ankles are clipped in the process and the referee awards a free-kick to the home side.
26' Robertson makes good progress down the left flank and he cuts the ball back for Wijnaldum to strike. The Dutchman pulls the trigger, only to scuff his effort, allowing Ospina to gather with ease.
25' Koulibaly makes a charge down the left flank and he gets past Alexander-Arnold. Van Dijk comes across to make the challenge, and is clipped on his ankles by the Napoli defender. It results in a booking for the Senegalese.
24' Both sides are struggling for quality in possession. We're still waiting for the game to come to life.
22' Liverpool are attempting to assert their authority by pressing the home side in possession, but Napoli are doing a solid job of beating the pressure.
20' Henderson almost picks out the run of Robertson down the left flank, but Maksimovic gets across to head the ball out of play.
19' Henderson replaces Keita for the visitors.
18' Keita is going to have be carted from the field. There was no indication of when he sustained the injury, but it has been enough to force him off.
17' A concern for Liverpool as Keita goes down under no contact. He may have sustained the injury earlier in the game. Play stops for him to receive treatment.
16' Insigne has space 25 yards from goal and goes for an ambitious strike, firing his effort well over the bar.
15' Napoli win a corner on the left wing and Milik rises to meet the cross from Insigne, but no blue shirt can latch on to his flick-on in the box, allowing Keita to head away before Alexander-Arnold boots the ball clear.
13' Firmino tries to stab the ball over the top for Salah, but Rui reads the danger and heads the ball to safety. There's not much rhythm to Liverpool's play at the moment.
11' CLOSE! Napoli come inches away from breaking the deadlock. Callejon lifts a precise ball over the top for Insigne in the left inside channel. The forward pulls the trigger on a left-footed strike across Alisson, but the ball trickles just wide of the post.
10' Liverpool probe on the edge of the box, but Milner is unable to find Salah in space in the right inside channel.
9' Firmino tries to turn the ball around the corner for Salah's run, but the forward stops in his tracks. He may have been offside on the edge of the box had he collected the ball.
7' Insigne is caught offside, attempting to latch on to Allan's ball over the top. Liverpool immediately return the favour when Mane moves too soon when trying to break away from Keita's offload.
6' It has been a quiet start to the match from both teams as they size each other up, looking for potential weaknesses.
4' Salah has space down the right flank, but he fails to control Alexander-Arnold's ball forward, sendig it out for a Napoli throw-in.
2' Callejon has a dart down the right flank, but Robertson gets across to cover his ground to make the clearance.
1' We're underway at the Stadio San Paolo.
Liverpool have made one change from their draw against Chelsea at the weekend. Henderson drops to the bench as Keita comes back into the midfield. Milner takes the captain's armband from his team-mate this evening. Sturridge's heroics against Chelsea are not enough to earn him a starting berth ahead of the settled front three.
Napoli have made three changes from their defeat at the hands of Juventus at the weekend. Milik, Ruiz and Maksimovic come into the fold for Carlo Ancelotti's men, with Hysaj, Mertens and Zielinski dropping to the bench from their loss in Serie A.
Liverpool subs: Fabinho, Dejan Lovren, Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno, Simon Mignolet, Xherdan Shaqiri.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Naby Keita, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Napoli subs: Simone Verdi, Dries Mertens, Piotr Zielinski, Elseid Hysaj, Orestis Karnezis, Marko Rog, Amadou Diawara.
NAPOLI (4-3-3): David Ospina; Nikola Maksimovic, Raul Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Allan, Marek Hamsik, Fabian Ruiz; Jose Callejon, Arkadiusz Milik, Lorenzo Insigne.
Let's take a look at the two teams this evening, starting with the home side.
Roberto Firmino's last-minute winner guided Liverpool to a victory over PSG in their opener. Goals from Daniel Sturridge and James Milner had put the Reds ahead at Anfield, only for Thomas Meunier and Kylian Mbappe to bring the French outfit back on level terms. However, the Brazilian pounced in stoppage time to secure the points, which could be very important come the end of the group stage.
Napoli drew their opening match of the competition, playing out a goalless draw against Red Star Belgrade. There will be work for the Italian outfit to do to match the points' totals of Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain over the course of the group stage, making a positive result this evening vital factor in their hopes of reaching the knockout phase.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League Group C clash between Napoli and Liverpool at the Stadio San Paolo.


V. van Dijk
G. Wijnaldum
Mário Rui
J. Milner
José Callejón
N. Keïta
Fabián Ruiz
Roberto Firmino
S. Mané
Mohamed Salah
J. Gomez
M. Hamšík
N. Maksimović
L. Insigne
D. Ospina
K. Koulibaly
A. Robertson
T. Alexander-Arnold
A. Milik

Additional info

V. Kassai
G. Ring
V. Toth
Fourth official
P. Berettyan

Match Stats

Napoli Liverpool
50 Attacks (Dangerous) 35
5 Corners 1
12 Fouls 9
10 Free Kicks 19
5 Goal Kicks 10
7 Offsides 1
1 Shots (blocked) 1
7 Shots (off target) 3
5 Shots (on target) 0
1 Shots (woodwork) 0
24 Throw Ins 18

Serie A table

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Premier League table

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Stadio San Paolo

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