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Liverpool 1 - 0 Napoli
Tue 11 December 2018 20:00

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Game Report

Highlights

Liverpool are through to the last sixteen of the Champions League after they secured a well deserved 1-0 victory over Napoli at Anfield. Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game but the Merseysiders wasted a host of other chances and almost made the price as Alisson Becker needed to make a world class save towards the end.

Detail

The task was relatively simple for Liverpool - they had to win in order to progress to the knockout stages but even that might not have been enough. Regardless, they started aggressively as expected with Salah's touch uncharacteristically letting him down in front of goal from an early Andy Robertson cross.

It didn't take Salah long to warm into the game though and he broke the deadlock with a wonderful individual goal. The Egyptian rolled away from Mario Rui and then left Kalidou Koulibaly for dead before slipping the ball through David Ospina's legs at the near-post. The goalkeeper really should have done better.

Napoli were being overawed in the first half and the only half-chance they had was when Dries Mertens pulled the ball across for Marek Hamsik who skied over the bar from the edge of the box. There were complaints over a very ugly looking studs-up tackle from Virgil van Dijk on Mertens which looked very much like a red card.

The home side continued to press their opponents high up the pitch and force them into mistakes in the second half. Salah had more chances as he fired into the side-netting and then was twice denied by Ospina whose performance improved greatly over the course of the game.

Napoli were forced to take more risks to get an equaliser but they were being constantly exposed on the counter-attack. It's anyone's guess how Sadio Mane didn't kill the game off as he missed at least three absolute sitters in front of goal.

Liverpool almost paid a heavy price for being wasteful in front of goal as the visitors had a glorious opportunity to snatch what would have been a decisive equaliser. It came in stoppage-time as substitute Arkadiusz Milik brought down a cross brilliantly in front of goal but Alisson somehow denied him at point-blank range with an astonishing save.

Summary

Liverpool will be relieved to have got through in the end as all those misses nearly cost them dearly. They were by far the better side on the night though and deserved to get the win. Napoli didn't seem to know how to approach the game and were beaten by the more purposeful side. They drop down into the Europa League.

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BATE Borisov - PSV Eindhoven 2 - 3
SL Benfica - PAOK 1 - 1
Young Boys Bern - Dinamo Zagreb 1 - 1
Ajax - Dynamo Kyiv 3 - 1
MOL Vidi - AEK Athens 1 - 2
Round Play-Off (2)
Dynamo Kyiv - Ajax 0 - 0
Dinamo Zagreb - Young Boys Bern 1 - 2
AEK Athens - MOL Vidi 1 - 1
PAOK - SL Benfica 1 - 4
PSV Eindhoven - BATE Borisov 3 - 0
Red Bull Salzburg - Red Star Belgrade 2 - 2
Round Grp B (1)
Internazionale - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 1
FC Barcelona - PSV Eindhoven 4 - 0
Round Grp A (1)
Monaco - Atletico Madrid 1 - 2
Club Brugge - Borussia Dortmund 0 - 1
Round Grp C (1)
Liverpool - Paris St Germain 3 - 2
Red Star Belgrade - Napoli 0 - 0
Round Grp D (1)
Schalke - FC Porto 1 - 1
Galatasaray - Lokomotiv Moscow 3 - 0
Round Grp F (1)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Hoffenheim 2 - 2
Manchester City - Olympique Lyonnais 1 - 2
Round Grp E (1)
Ajax - AEK Athens 3 - 0
SL Benfica - Bayern Munchen 0 - 2
Round Grp G (1)
Real Madrid - Roma 3 - 0
FC Viktoria Plzen - CSKA Moscow 2 - 2
Round Grp H (1)
Valencia - Juventus 0 - 2
Young Boys Bern - Manchester United 0 - 3
Round Grp F (2)
Hoffenheim - Manchester City 1 - 2
Olympique Lyonnais - Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 2
Round Grp H (2)
Juventus - Young Boys Bern 3 - 0
Manchester United - Valencia 0 - 0
Round Grp E (2)
Bayern Munchen - Ajax 1 - 1
AEK Athens - SL Benfica 2 - 3
Round Grp G (2)
Roma - FC Viktoria Plzen 5 - 0
CSKA Moscow - Real Madrid 1 - 0
Round Grp C (2)
Paris St Germain - Red Star Belgrade 6 - 1
Napoli - Liverpool 1 - 0
Round Grp D (2)
Lokomotiv Moscow - Schalke 0 - 1
FC Porto - Galatasaray 1 - 0
Round Grp A (2)
Borussia Dortmund - Monaco 3 - 0
Atletico Madrid - Club Brugge 3 - 1
Round Grp B (2)
Tottenham Hotspur - FC Barcelona 2 - 4
PSV Eindhoven - Internazionale 1 - 2
Round Grp H (3)
Young Boys Bern - Valencia 1 - 1
Manchester United - Juventus 0 - 1
Round Grp E (3)
AEK Athens - Bayern Munchen 0 - 2
Ajax - SL Benfica 1 - 0
Round Grp F (3)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Manchester City 0 - 3
Hoffenheim - Olympique Lyonnais 3 - 3
Round Grp G (3)
Roma - CSKA Moscow 3 - 0
Real Madrid - FC Viktoria Plzen 2 - 1
Round Grp B (3)
PSV Eindhoven - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 2
FC Barcelona - Internazionale 2 - 0
Round Grp A (3)
Club Brugge - Monaco 1 - 1
Borussia Dortmund - Atletico Madrid 4 - 0
Round Grp C (3)
Liverpool - Red Star Belgrade 4 - 0
Paris St Germain - Napoli 2 - 2
Round Grp D (3)
Lokomotiv Moscow - FC Porto 1 - 3
Galatasaray - Schalke 0 - 0
Round Grp C (4)
Red Star Belgrade - Liverpool 2 - 0
Napoli - Paris St Germain 1 - 1
Round Grp A (4)
Monaco - Club Brugge 0 - 4
Atletico Madrid - Borussia Dortmund 2 - 0
Round Grp B (4)
Internazionale - FC Barcelona 1 - 1
Tottenham Hotspur - PSV Eindhoven 2 - 1
Round Grp D (4)
FC Porto - Lokomotiv Moscow 4 - 1
Schalke - Galatasaray 2 - 0
Round Grp H (4)
Valencia - Young Boys Bern 3 - 1
Juventus - Manchester United 1 - 2
Round Grp G (4)
CSKA Moscow - Roma 1 - 2
FC Viktoria Plzen - Real Madrid 0 - 5
Round Grp E (4)
Bayern Munchen - AEK Athens 2 - 0
SL Benfica - Ajax 1 - 1
Round Grp F (4)
Manchester City - Shakhtar Donetsk 6 - 0
Olympique Lyonnais - Hoffenheim 2 - 2
Round Grp E (5)
AEK Athens - Ajax 0 - 2
Bayern Munchen - SL Benfica 5 - 1
Round Grp G (5)
CSKA Moscow - FC Viktoria Plzen 1 - 2
Roma - Real Madrid 0 - 2
Round Grp F (5)
Olympique Lyonnais - Manchester City 2 - 2
Hoffenheim - Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 3
Round Grp H (5)
Juventus - Valencia 1 - 0
Manchester United - Young Boys Bern 1 - 0
Round Grp A (5)
Atletico Madrid - Monaco 2 - 0
Borussia Dortmund - Club Brugge 0 - 0
Round Grp D (5)
Lokomotiv Moscow - Galatasaray 2 - 0
FC Porto - Schalke 3 - 1
Round Grp C (5)
Paris St Germain - Liverpool 2 - 1
Napoli - Red Star Belgrade 3 - 1
Round Grp B (5)
Tottenham Hotspur - Internazionale 1 - 0
PSV Eindhoven - FC Barcelona 1 - 2
Round Grp D (6)
Galatasaray - FC Porto 2 - 3
Schalke - Lokomotiv Moscow 1 - 0
Round Grp A (6)
Monaco - Borussia Dortmund 0 - 2
Club Brugge - Atletico Madrid 0 - 0
Round Grp B (6)
FC Barcelona - Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1
Internazionale - PSV Eindhoven 1 - 1
Round Grp C (6)
Red Star Belgrade - Paris St Germain 1 - 4
Liverpool - Napoli 1 - 0
Round Grp G (6)
Real Madrid - CSKA Moscow 0 - 3
FC Viktoria Plzen - Roma 2 - 1
Round Grp F (6)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Olympique Lyonnais 1 - 1
Manchester City - Hoffenheim 2 - 1
Round Grp H (6)
Valencia - Manchester United 2 - 1
Young Boys Bern - Juventus 2 - 1
Round Grp E (6)
Ajax - Bayern Munchen 3 - 3
SL Benfica - AEK Athens 1 - 0
Round 1/8 Final (1)
Manchester United - Paris St Germain 0 - 2
Roma - FC Porto 2 - 1
Ajax - Real Madrid 1 - 2
Tottenham Hotspur - Borussia Dortmund 3 - 0
Olympique Lyonnais - FC Barcelona 0 - 0
Liverpool - Bayern Munchen 0 - 0
Schalke - Manchester City 2 - 3
Atletico Madrid - Juventus 2 - 0
Round 1/8 Final (2)
Real Madrid - Ajax 1 - 4
Borussia Dortmund - Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 1
Paris St Germain - Manchester United 1 - 3
FC Porto - Roma 3 - 1
(AET)
Manchester City - Schalke 7 - 0
Juventus - Atletico Madrid 3 - 0
FC Barcelona - Olympique Lyonnais 5 - 1
Bayern Munchen - Liverpool 1 - 3
Round 1/4 Final (1)
Liverpool - FC Porto 2 - 0
Tottenham Hotspur - Manchester City 1 - 0
Manchester United - FC Barcelona 0 - 1
Ajax - Juventus 1 - 1
Round 1/4 Final (2)
FC Barcelona - Manchester United 3 - 0
Juventus - Ajax 1 - 2
Manchester City - Tottenham Hotspur 4 - 3
FC Porto - Liverpool 1 - 4
Round 1/2 Final (1)
Tottenham Hotspur - Ajax 0 - 1
FC Barcelona - Liverpool 3 - 0
Round 1/2 Final (2)
Liverpool - FC Barcelona 4 - 0
Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 3
Round Final
Tottenham Hotspur - Liverpool 0 - 2