Champions League: Insigne’s 90th minute winner for Napoli downs Liverpool

first_imgLorenzo Insigne’s winner in the 90th minute summed up Liverpool’s night and was very well deserved by Napoli as they beat Liverpool 1-0 on Wednesday to go on top of Group C in the Champions League.Napoli absolutely dominated Liverpool throughout the match and if not for Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker and their centre-backs Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool would have been in a far worse position.Liverpool could not keep the ball in their feet for a long time and were completely wasteful in the final third of Napoli’s half. Such was their misery that they could not muster a single shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since a 1-0 defeat to Benfica in February 2006.Mohamed Salah had a horrible game where he failed to hold on to the ball and kept losing it in decisive positions. With the win, Napoli go top of Group C with four points while Liverpool are level at three with Paris St Germain, who they beat 3-2 at Anfield in their opening game. Red Star Belgrade are bottom with one point.FULL TIME! What a [email protected] #UCL#NapoliLiverpool 1-0#ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/qqeXOqPLOvOfficial SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) October 3, 2018The visitors were dealt a blow inside the opening 20 minutes when midfielder Naby Keita was taken off on a stretcher on his Champions League debut for Liverpool, and Napoli had the better of the first half with Insigne shooting wide and Arkadiusz Milik forcing a save from Alisson Becker.advertisementPoland striker Milik again stung the palms of Alisson early in the second half as Napoli grew in confidence.Also read – Champions League: Messi masterclass lights up Wembley, sinks TottenhamThey went close to taking the lead with 10 minutes remaining when substitute Dries Mertens met a cross from Mario Rui and volleyed off the crossbar from six metres.The pressure paid off in the 90th minute as Insigne scored a deserved winning goal, stretching to tap in a low cross from Jose Callejon.Also read – Champions League: Manchester United play out goalless draw at home vs Valencia”It’s wonderful to win like this, but we had a great performance as a team and wanted the result at all costs,” Insigne told Sky Italia.”Now we’ll enjoy this victory for a little bit…Also read – Champions League: 10-man CSKA Moscow ride on Vlasic goal to stun Real Madrid”We know it’s a difficult group, we always did, but we want to make our mark in every game and put any opponent under pressure.”Liverpool face Red Star at Anfield next and Napoli travel to Paris to play PSG on Oct. 24.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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