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Napoli v Liverpool Live Commentary, 9/7/22

FT
4 - 1
NAP
LIV
P. Zieliński (5 pen)
A. Zambo Anguissa (31)
G. Simeone (44)
P. Zieliński (47)
L. Díaz (49)
Stadio Diego Armando Maradona

Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Napoli make a fast start in Group A and climb to second. Liverpool will now be in third.
Napoli blow Liverpool away with a famous 4-1 win. The hosts made a fast start when Milner handled Zielinski's shot, allowing the midfielder to convert from the spot. And it could have immediately got worse when Osimhen missed a penalty and Van Dijk blocked Kvaratskhelia's goalbound shot on the line. However, Napoli were all over Liverpool and they eventually got their deserved reward when Zambo Anguissa and Simeone added to the lead with two fine goals. The second-half started in a similar vein when Zielinski grabbed his second, before Diaz stemmed the tide with a fine goal. From there, Liverpool fought hard for a route back into the game, but Napoli held them at bay to run out impressive winners.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: NAPOLI 4-1 LIVERPOOL
90' + 3' Napoli continue to close things out with a succession of corners.
90' + 1' Four minutes of stoppage time are added on.
89' Diaz looks to engineer some space to shoot inside the box, but he can't make his way through the crowd of bodies and Napoli clear.
87' Zerbin leads another counter-attack, before lashing an effort straight at Alisson from 25 yards.
85' Alexander-Arnold sends a deep corner towards Van Dijk, but his header is hacked clear before it can reach the six-yard box.
83' Zerbin leads a three-on-three counter-attack, eventually feeding Simeone whose shot is blocked by Matip.
81' Liverpool are continuing to search for a route back into this game, but their hopes are looking remote right now.
79' Meret collides with Nunez and requires treatment for a moment. He should be able to continue though.
Arthur
H. Elliott
Liverpool
77' Liverpool's deadline day signing, Arthur, replaces Elliot in midfield.
76' Liverpool have tightened up a little since the break, but they haven't carried much threat. They've yet to produce a shot from inside the box in the second half.
Mário Rui
M. Olivera
Napoli
74' Olivera also heads off with Mario Rui taking his place in defence.
E. Elmas
P. Zieliński
Napoli
74' Zielinski is replaced by Elmas after a fine display that featured two goals and an assist.
74' Diaz attempts to drive his team forward again, before feeding Nunez. The striker takes on Rrahmani but the defender holds his ground before eventually cleanly dispossessing the attacker.
72' Lozano shimmies around the edge of the Liverpool box, before screwing a weak 20-yard effort narrowly wide of the near post.
70' Close! It's still end-to-end right now. Nunez has a 10-yard effort blocked by Min-Jae at one end, before Lozano races up the other end, firing a low 10-yard striker straight at Alisson from a tight angle.
68' Alexander-Arnold looks to cross from a promising position but sends his free-kick over the bar.
A. Rrahmani
Yellow Card
Napoli
66' Rrahmani is booked after hauling Diaz over.
Thiago Alcântara
J. Milner
Liverpool
62' Milner trudges off and Thiago replaces him in midfield.
Diogo Jota
Mohamed Salah
Liverpool
62' Salah makes way for Jota after a disappointing display.
62' SAVE! Alexander-Arnold swings in an inviting cross and Diaz meets it powerfully near the penalty spot! However, Meret reacts instinctively to parry it over the bar! The resulting corner amounts to nothing.
D. Núñez
Roberto Firmino
Liverpool
62' Liverpool make a triple substitution: the first sees Nunez come on for Firmino.
60' Lozano gets in behind and lashes a wild 25-yard strike over the bar. However, he was offside and Liverpool's defence will be relieved that their high line is working a little better.
H. Lozano
M. Politano
Napoli
58' Politano also makes way with Lozano taking his place.
A. Zerbin
K. Kvaratskhelia
Napoli
57' Kvaratskhelia heads off for Zerbin after an electric display. Liverpool will be glad to see the back of him.
55' Liverpool are throwing plenty of players forward to try and get back into this and it's presenting Napoli with chances on the break.
53' WIDE! Diaz looks to repeat the trick from moments ago, but this time his curling effort flies agonisingly wide of the far post!
53' Kvaratskhelia runs at Alexander-Arnold again, but this time the defender manages to poke the ball away and halt the Napoli attack.
51' Well, it's been a breathless start to the half. Napoli cut through Liverpool again to get a fourth, but the visitors have shown character to strike back instantly.
A. Robertson
Assist
Liverpool
49' It was a simple pass from Robertson to find Diaz, but that goal was all about the Colombian's superb finish from the edge of the box.
L. Díaz
Goal
Liverpool
49' GOAL! DIAZ! 4-1. Liverpool pull one back. Robertson feeds Diaz on the edge of the box and the attacker darts inside before bending a superb curling effort into the far corner from 20 yards!
P. Zieliński
Goal
Napoli
47' GOALL! ZIELINSKI! 4-0. Napoli get another just after the break. Zambo Anguissa exploits Liverpool's high line again with a superb throughball into the channel. Simeone latches onto it and squares it for Zielinski who fires a strike at Alisson before dinking the rebound over the goalkeeper!
J. Matip
J. Gomez
Liverpool
46' Gomez had a torrid first half and he's replaced at half-time by Matip.
Liverpool kick off the second half.
Napoli took Liverpool apart in that half: they produced 11 shots and 3.28 xG. Liverpool will desperately need to tighten up to prevent this from becoming even more embarrassing.
Napoli thrash Liverpool in the first half at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium. The hosts have played at a relentless tempo, making Liverpool uncomfortable throughout. And they made their mark early on when Milner's handball led to Zielinski converting from the spot. And it could have quickly got worse for Liverpool: Alisson saved Osimhen's penalty and Van Dijk cleared Kvaratskhelia goalbound effort off the line. But the hosts were irrepressible and wouldn't be denied. Zambo Anguissa made it two after a fine move and Simeone scored just before half-time following superb work from Kvaratskhelia making it 3-0.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: NAPOLI 3-0 LIVERPOOL
45' Well, Napoli have absolutely blown Liverpool away! It's been a superb performance and they fully deserve a three-goal lead.
K. Kvaratskhelia
Assist
Napoli
44' It was a sensational assist from Kvaratskhelia. The attacker danced past two Liverpool defenders before hitting in the perfect pass for Simeone to tap in from close range!
G. Simeone
Goal
Napoli
44' GOALLL! SIMEONE! 3-0. Napoli get another! Zambo Anguissa spins past his marker and releases Kvaratskhelia. The attacker skips past Alexander-Arnold with ease before outmuscling Gomez and hitting it across the face of goal, where Simeone's on hand to tap it in!
43' Napoli withstand a succession of corners as they look to take this lead into the break.
G. Simeone
V. Osimhen
Napoli
41' Osimhen hobbles off with Simeone taking his place up top. That's a major blow for the hosts.
41' Osimhen pulls up off the ball, and he won't be able to continue in this one.
41' Salah's low cross is steered behind by Rrahmani.
39' Napoli have been lethal today and they've cut through Liverpool at will: they've already produced eight shots from inside the box.
37' Chance! Robertson crosses to the back post and Elliot has a clear shot at goal! However, the midfielder can only divert it wide of the post!
35' Save! Meret pushes Van Dijk's downward header to safety!
33' Napoli have been all over Liverpool in this half and they're rewarded again with a second goal!
P. Zieliński
Assist
Napoli
31' Zielinski immediately spotted the potential for a one-two and executed it perfectly to release Zambo Anguissa for a brilliant goal.
A. Zambo Anguissa
Goal
Napoli
31' GOALLL! ZAMBO ANGUISSA! 2-0. Napoli double their lead with a superb goal. Kvaratskhelia snatches it off Gomez and dashes to the byline. He rolls it to Zambo Anguissa who plays a sharp one-two with Zielinski to find himself clean through on goal at an angle! He takes a touch before slotting it in at the near post!
30' Alexander-Arnold has been Liverpool's brightest player today. This time he picks out Salah inside the box with an incisive pass, but Salah turns and hits a 15-yard effort straight at Meret.
30' OFF THE LINE! Napoli have yet another chance to add to their lead. Osimhen robs Gomez and finds himself clean through on goal! Alisson charges out and the striker selflessly squares it to Kvaratskhelia who has an open goal! However, Van Dijk races back and manages to clear the attacker's shot off the line at the vital moment!
28' Alexander-Arnold swings in a superb cross with his left foot and it narrowly evades Firmino before Rrahmani heads it behind. The resulting corner is headed away at the near post by Olivera.
26' Liverpool have finally found a little rhythm since Alisson's penalty save, but they'll need to show more to recover in this game.
24' Miss! Alexander-Arnold picks out Salah inside the six-yard box with a stunning pass, but Salah miscontrols it and the chance goes begging!
22' SAVE! Alexander-Arnold bends a superb free-kick over the wall towards the top corner, but Meret acrobatically tips it over!
Alisson
Penalty Save
Liverpool
18' Penalty Save Alisson Ramsés Becker
V. Osimhen
Penalty Miss
Napoli
18' It was a strange decision for Osimhen to take the penalty, and the striker produces a tame spot-kick that Alisson easily pushes away.
V. van Dijk
Yellow Card
Liverpool
18' Van Dijk is shown a yellow card for his foul on Osimhen, but he'll feel relieved to still be on the pitch considering there wasn't an attempt to play the ball.
17' PENALTY TO NAPOLI! Osimhen latches onto another ball over the top and battles with Van Dijk before tumbling over inside the box! The referee doesn't initially award a penalty, but after a check with VAR, a penalty is awarded.
15' Another Alexander-Arnold corner is cleared away. The home fans are roaring with approval after this start.
13' Zambo Anguissa breezes past Milner to get to the byline! He stands up a cross to the back post, but Politano is unable to divert it goalwards.
J. Milner
Yellow Card
Liverpool
10' Milner snaps into Zambo Anguissa near the centre-circle and is shown a yellow card. It's been a rough game for the midfielder so far.
9' Liverpool attempt to calm things down with a long spell of possession, but it does little to stem Napoli's relentless tempo.
7' Alexander-Arnold's corner is cleared and Napoli quickly break. Their sweeping move eventually culminates with Zambo Anguissa firing a shot against Gomez. Liverpool are under all sorts of pressure right now.
P. Zieliński
Penalty Goal
Napoli
5' GOALLL! 1-0. ZIELINSKI! Napoli have an early lead. Zielinski steps up and confidently sends Alisson the wrong way, before firing it into the top left corner!
5' PENALTY TO NAPOLI! Kvaratskhelia sizes up Alexander-Arnold and drives into the box, before cutting it back to Zielinski. The midfielder fires a shot from 12 yards and Milner stretches out an arm to block it! The referee quickly awards a deserved penalty.
4' Osimhen almost gets in behind again, but this time Alisson is quicker off his line and manages to hack it away in time.
2' OFF THE POST! Napoli come inches from taking the lead. Osimhen latches onto a clipped throughball and gets there before Alisson! His touch takes him around the goalkeeper, but forces him to shoot from a tight angle, and his 12-yard effort flicks the outside of the post!
1' Napoli kick off the first half.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just minutes away!
This has been a difficult fixture for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, though, and they’ll be wary of a poor result today. Napoli and Liverpool will meet in the Champions League group stage for a third time in the last five seasons. The Italian club won their home game against the Reds in both 2018-19 (1-0) and 2019-20 (2-0).
Liverpool make three changes following their 0-0 draw with Everton: Tsimikas, Fabio Carvalho and Nunez drop out for Robertson, Milner and Firmino.
Napoli make two changes following an impressive 2-1 away win over Lazio: Rui and Lozano make way for Olivera and Politano.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Stefan Bajcetic, Joel Matip, Nathaniel Phillips, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Harvey Davies, Adrian, Thiago Alcantara, Arthur, Darwin Nunez, Jota.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joseph Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Harvey Elliott, Fabinho, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz.
NAPOLI SUBS: Gianluca Gaetano, Giovanni Simeone, Giacomo Raspadori, Alessandro Zanoli, Eljif Elmas, Alessio Zerbin, Leo Ostigard, Mario Rui, Hirving Lozano, Juan Jesus, Salvatore Sirigu, Tanguy Ndombele.
NAPOLI (4-2-3-1): Alex Meret; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Amir Rrahmani, Kim Min-Jae, Mathias Olivera; Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Stanislav Lobotka; Matteo Politano, Piotr Zielinski, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia; Victor Osimhen.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are still shaking off the rust following last year’s disappointment in the Champions League final. They’re seventh in the Premier League following just two wins from their first six games and they’ll be desperate to kickstart their season with a statement win today.
The hosts enter this one in fine form and will be eyeing a famous victory over last season’s runners-up. They’ve won three and drawn two in their first five Serie A games and Luciano Spalletti will be eager to continue this today and get off to a fast start.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Champions League Group A fixture between Napoli and Liverpool.