Champions League: Liverpool 1:0 Napoli – preview, line-ups, Live Commentary

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Liverpool will meet with Napoli in the 6th round of the Champions League group stage in Group C at the Anfield stadium tonight.

The fate of one ticket to the Champions League 1/8 finals will be decided in Liverpool, where Jurgen Klopp’s team faces Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli.

Liverpool were an obvious favorite of the quartet after defeating PSG in the first round, but three losses in the next four games put the Reds in a very difficult position. It is in this group that the situation is the most confusing. First, Liverpool will qualify to the playoffs only if they win. At the same time, if PSG win their match against Red Star Belgrade, Liverpool will need a 1:0 victory or with two goals margin at least. If Liverpool, PSG and Napoli eventually score nine points each, the Reds will occupy 1st place and 2nd one will depend on the score at Anfield.

Let’s talk about Napoli. The Italians will definitely go to the playoffs if they don’t lose in England. However, even in the event of a defeat, Carlo Ancelotti’s team can step further. Red Star Belgrade must beat PSG in a parallel match for this. Unreal? Liverpool don’t think so.

Napoli beat Liverpool at San Paolo in the match on October thanks to Insigne’s late goal. The Neapolitans were better in almost all aspects and took three points in that game. Liverpool never struck David Ospina’s goal in that game.

Today, Napoli are unlikely to be able to perfectly restrain the opponent’s attacking potential, but it doesn’t mean that the guests have little chances in this game. Ancelotti knows very well how to win in games of such intensity and of such importance, so Klopp and his players will have a very difficult time.

Liverpool will probably start attacking Ospina’s goal from the first minutes and bet on a quick goal. If it happens, then the fans can safely count on the abundance of goals and the game without the centre of the field. This match has a great importance for both teams, so the players, let it sound trite, will have to fight for every centimetre of the field.


 

Starting line-ups:

Liverpool: Alisson — Alexandre-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson — Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner — Salah, Firmino, Mane

Napoli: Ospina — Maksimovic, Albiol, Koulibaly, Mario Rui — Callejon, Allan, Hamsik, Ruiz — Insigne, Mertens

Referee: Damir Skomina

Anfield Road, Liverpool

(Reporting by Kovtunov Ilya, editing by Ponomarenko Valeriia)


94′ IT’S OVER! LIVERPOOL 1:0 NAPOLI! Jurgen Klopp’s team proceeds into the playoffs and Napoli are to play in the Europa League. What a match, what an ending!

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93′ MANEEEEEEE AGAIN! Clear one on one and he missed again. It is hilarious. 

92′ OH MY DEAR GOD, MILIK! The Pole struck right on Alisson in 1 meter away from him, you need to score such moments! But what a game from the Brazilian! Saved the whole game for Liverpool!

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91′ Yellow card for Robertson for time-delaying. 

90′ 4 mins added! 4 mins for Napoli to change everything!

90′ Last sub from Klopp: Lovren – in, Alexandre-Arnold – out. 

89′ Insigne’s strike – no goal. Not his best day.

87′ MAAAAAAAAAAAAANE! HOW?! Perfect rush from Salah with a pass right on Mane’s left foot 2 meters to the goal. Sadio missed. 

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84′ Klopp’s second sub. Milner – out, Fabinho – in.

83′ Yellow card for Salah – the attacker prevented Ospina from throwing the ball quickly.

81′ Corner for Liverpool.

80′ Klopp’s move: Firmino – out, Keita – in. 

79′ CALLEJON! Perfect attack, Insigne crossed right on Jose-Maria, Robertson failed but the Spaniard, in turn, failed to score. 

77′ Free-kick for Liverpool. 

77′ MAAAAAAAAAAANE! What a counter-attack from Liverpool, Robertson ran away and passed on Sadio but Osipa was perfect with his save!

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75′ SALAAAAAH! Mo went one on one with Ospina, beat him but the angle was too sharp – no goal. 

74′ Napoli seized the initiative after Ancelotti’s subs. The left flank came to life after the appearance of Ghoulam.

73′ Free-kick for Napoli – Salah fouled on Ghoulam. 

71′ Corner for Napoli after a good attack. 

70 And the 3rd one! Ghoulam – in, Rui – out. 

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67′ 2nd sub at Napoli: Mertens – out, Milik – in. 

65′ Maksimovic fouled on Mane. 

62′ MILNER! Good shot but not accurate – no goal. 

62′ First sub from Ancelotti: Zielinski – in, Ruiz – out. 

61′ GOOD SHOT FROM HENDERSON, but Ospina saved again!

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60′ Pefect pass right to the box from Insigne but Alisson was faster than Mertens. 

57′ Good header from Firmino but Ospina saved.

56′ Corner for Napoli after a good attack. 

53′ Good attack with Mane’s efforts but the forward was in offside. 

51′ SALAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! OH MY GOD, WHAT A MOMENT FROM THE EGYPTIAN! But no goal. Mo flew into the box from the right flank and struck on the down left corner but lacked accuracy. 

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48′ Good game from Salah with a pass on Wijnaldum but the Dutch failed the whole moment.

47′ If Napoli score a goal, Liverpool will need to score 2 more. Quite interesting second half is awaiting. No subs from both managers for now. Corner for Liverpool.

46′ 2nd half!

45+3′ Half-time!

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45′ 3 minutes added. 

42′ 3 minutes + stoppage time left for Napoli to tie the score in the 1st half. 

40′ Yellow card for Koulibaly after his foul on Salah. Dangerous free-kick for Liverpool.

37′ NAPOLI! Good attack but Ruiz lacked accuracy in the end. 

35′ Good pass from Milner on Salah who beat Rui and Koulibaly and then struck on goal – 1:0.

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34′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! SALAH! 1:0! 

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32′ Strike from Henderson. No danger from Liverpool’s captain. 

30′ Good attack from Liverpool ended with Salah’s fall. No penalty, clear. 

27′ A few moments from Liverpool. At first, Firmino’s strike  was blocked by a defender. Then Salah’s rushed into to the box, very dangerous, but without a complete shot. 

24′ Possession: Liverpool – 60% – 40% Napoli. Corner for Ancelotti’s team. 

22′ Liverpool took the ball under their control and were trying to attack with the flanks. The team even scored a goal, but Sadio Mane was in offside.

18′ Dangerous free-kick for Liverpool. 

16′ Seems like everything is all right with Mertens. 

13′ Yellow card for Van Dijk. VERY dangerous foul on Mertens. 

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12′ While it is difficult to say who is playing better. The teams exchanged with dangerous moments and the ball was controlled by the teams with varying success.

8′ AND ANSWER FROM NAPOLI! Very dangerous Hamsik’s strike after Mertens’ pass but a little not accurate – no goal. 

7′ MOMENT FROM SALAH! Perfect counter-attack from Liverpool, Robertson crossed to the box from the left flank on Salah, but Mo missed the opportunity to score the first goal in the clash. 

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6′ Carlo Ancelotti promised not to park the bus at Anfield before the match. For sure, Napoli will use every opportunity to go forward.

3′ Well, all or nothing for Jurgen Klopp. Before the match, Salah said that the match was like a final for his team. We’ll see.

1′ Starting whistle!

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0′ Welcome to our live broadcast of the Champions League 6th round match – Liverpool vs Napoli, at the Anfield stadium! Listen YNWA and let’s get it started. 

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