Napoli again cause European Champions trouble

          Liverpool rescue a point against tough Napoli

          2019/11/27 22:53
          By Daniel Oliveira

          Liverpool's hopes of qualification to the Champions League knockout stages will go down to their  final group game after a 1-1 draw against Napoli at Anfield on Wednesday night. 

          The Reds were very quiet in the first-half, not playing with their usual high intensity, and Napoli went in front when Dries Mertens, who scored in Napoli's victory against Liverpool in the first group game, beat Alisson Becker with a clinical finish. Liverpool came alive in the final 10 minutes of the first-half, but entered the break a goal down.

          In the second-half, Jurgen Klopp's men dominated Napoli, creating a series of half-chances - and the Reds drew level when Dejan Lovren headed home James Milner's corner. After Lovren's goal, however, Carlo Ancelotti's side shut up shop and limited any further opportunities. 

          In the other game in Group E, Salzburg's maintained their impressive form hammering Genk (1-4) in Belgium, with Erling Haaland scoring once again to take his tally to eight goals in five Champions League games - the Norwegian the first-ever teenager to score in his first five Champions League games.

          Salzburg are now the third top scorers in this Champions League edition with 16 goals, only Bayern Munich (21) and Tottenham (17) having scored more. Salzburg still have the chance to progress to the knockout stages....but they will need to beat Liverpool, who only need a draw against the Austrians to progress. 

          Ajax took a huge step towards the last 16, as they beat Lille (0-2) in France. The Dutch side are first in Group H with 10 points, two points clear of Valencia and Chelsea who drew earlier today, Hakim Ziyech the man of the match for the Dutch champions with a goal and an assist.

          Messi marks milestone 

          In Group F, Barcelona qualified for the next round as they swept aside Borussia Dortmund (3-1) . Another superb performance by Lionel Messi, with one goal and two assists, marked his 700th appearance for the Catalans - while English youngster Jadon Sancho scored a consolation for the German side to become only the fourth Englishman to score at the Nou Camp in the Champions League (after Andy Cole, Steve McManaman and Frank Lampard).

          In Prague, Inter Milan got the three points against Slavia Prague (1-3), with Lautaro Martinez (2 goals & 1 assist) and Romelu Lukaku (1 goal & 2 assists) keeping the Italians' hopes of making the knockout stages alive. 

          In Group G, Leipzig booked their place in the round of 16 with a 2-2 draw against Benfica in Germany. The hosts were losing by two goals with only a few minutes to play, but managed to earn a draw thanks to Emil Forsberg's brace.


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          U Wednesday, 27 November 2019 - 20:00
          Del Cerro Grande
          Dejan Lovren 65'
          Dries Mertens 21'