Azzurri within the first knockout spherical
The Reds win at Anfield because of targets from Salah and Núñez within the remaining, however Spalletti’s facet keep forward within the desk on aim distinction in head-to-head matches.
The primary defeat of the season Naples are available in Champions League. However it’s a painless defeat. Within the final match of group A the workforce of Spalletti loses 2-0 with Liverpoolhowever by advantage of aim distinction shut the group stage in first place in view of the spherical of 16 draw. A detailed and balanced recreation is performed at Anfield. Within the first half, the most effective likelihood is given Jones e Thiago Alcántara, however the blue protection withstands the impression. In restoration Ostigard marks, nonetheless stalker nullify all the things by an irregular place of some centimeters and in the long run Salah (85′) and Nunez (98′) resolve the race by benefiting from the developments of two curves.
In Liverpool, Napoli suffered their first defeat of the season. Nevertheless it’s a knockout with out bruises. Partly as a result of it would not have an effect on the standings of the group in any respect, with the Azzurri closing in first place anyway, partly as a result of the 2-0 Anfield is a mendacity consequence, the results of solely two chapters virtually photocopied within the remaining. Two avoidable targets, certain, however now they’ve principally hit the mark. Throughout the remainder of the match, the truth is, the Azzurri performed on par with Liverpool at a really excessive tempo with out ever having issues with play and maneuvering.
For the second spherical with Liverpool, Spalletti depends on a sure rotation in protection and within the center, however in assault he doesn’t spare the trident Politano-Osimhen-Kvaratskhelia. Searching for firm in entrance of the Kop, Klopp drops Nunez and locations Jones behind Salah and Firmino. Choices that gas the battle within the center to regulate possession, however don’t have an effect on the proactive angle of each groups. At tempo it’s Liverpool to begin higher, however Napoli reply blow for blow with Lobotka, Anguissa and Ndombele attempting to maneuver exterior and assault Alexander Arnold. On the one hand Jones doesn’t discover the door after an ideal help from Salah, on the opposite Kvaratskhelia pushes and invents, however Stieler lets go in a contact within the space with Konatè. Flashes that illuminate the race, however that don’t change the consequence. Additionally as a result of there are few areas and in protection it’s troublesome to go in entrance of Kim and Van Dijk. Allisson blocks an effort from Ndombele after one other Kvara transfer down the left, then Meret flies in a right-hander arrange by Thiago Alcantara from the sting and Jones sends Firmino’s scrumptious back-heel help over the bar. At excessive depth, the primary half hour passes between steady setbacks on the entrance, however it’s in the course of the sector the place the match is performed with Fabinho & Co. underneath strain on Lobotka to recuperate the ball rapidly and stifle the beginning of the sport. blue maneuver Tactical difficulty that forces Spalletti’s males to decrease the middle of gravity and brings the groups to the dressing room with no targets.
The second half opens with Elliott approaching for Milner and a aim from Ostigard with a header disallowed with the assistance of VAR as a consequence of an irregular place of the blue heart in Kvaratskhelia’s foul . Episode that ignites Anfield and retains the race at a really excessive tempo. With the longer groups, Napoli and Liverpool go at one another preventing for each ball and attempting to take advantage of the standard of the people in one-on-ones. Alisson blocks Kvara’s flying left, then Klopp throws Nunez into the fray so as to add weight to the assault. Motion that pushes the get together. Not a lot on the degree of the sport, as on the degree of the episodes. With extra physicality and dexterity within the aerial recreation, the truth is, the reds in final place two pictures that resolve the match within the evolution of two corners. The primary hits Salah repeating within the internet a rejection of Meret on a nook from Núñez, the second, alternatively, is made exactly by the Uruguayan after a header from Van Dijk. Two flashes that shut the accounts, however that don’t hurt Naples within the face of the tie within the second spherical.
Salah 6: chiaroscuro night Kim and Olivera are on prime of him giving him little or no, then on the finish he locations the leg that
Konate-Van Dijk 6.5: they affirm the physicality within the duels within the heart of the protection making life very troublesome for Osimhen and elevating the dam in entrance of Alisson
Nunez 6.5: enter and push the match along with his aerial qualities. The primary aim of the reds comes from certainly one of his gore, the second is signed by him personally in restoration
Jones 6: Klopp locations it on the left trident and it would not look too unhealthy. He speaks nicely to his colleagues within the division, retains Di Lorenzo busy and covers
Kvaratskhelia 6.5: when on, Napoli push and create hazard. As quickly as he can assault Alexander Arnold and attempt to blow the bench along with his tight performs.
Ostigard 6.5: takes care of Firmino conserving excessive marking consideration. Within the second half he scores with a header, however the VAR cancels it by a matter of centimeters
Osimhen 5: typically too remoted in assault to take care of Van Dijk and Konatè. It’s troublesome for him to offer depth to the maneuver and maintain the ball to convey the workforce up
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson 6; Alexander Arnold 5.5 (42′ st Ramsay sv), Van Dijk 6.5, Konatè 6.5, Tsimikas 6; Thiago Alcantara 6 (42′ st Bajcetic sv), Fabinho 5.5, Milner 6 (3′ st Elliott 6); Salah 6, Firmino 5.5 (42′ st Carvalho sv), Jones 6 (28′ st Nunez 6.5).
A tool: Adrian, Kelleher, Gomez, Robertson, Phillips. All.: Klopp 6.5
Naples (4-3-3): Advantage 6.5; Di Lorenzo 6, Ostigard 6.5, Kim 6.5, Olivera 6.5; Anguissa 5.5, Lobotka 6.5 (38′ st Zielinski), Ndombele 6 (43′ st Raspadori); Politano 6 (25′ st Lozano 5.5), Osimhen 5, Kvaratskhelia 6.5 (38′ st Elmas sv).
A tool: Idasiak, Sirigu, Juan Jesus, Mario Rui, Simeone, Zerbin, Zanoli, Gaetano. All.: Shoulder pads 6
Referee: Stieler (Germany)
Markers: Salah 40′ (L), 53′ Núñez (L)
Ammonites: Konate, Alexander Arnold, Nunez (L)
Kicked out: –
– For the second time of their historical past, Napoli have topped their group in a Champions League season, after 2016/17.
– Napoli’s final defeat within the Champions League was on August 8, 2020 towards Barcelona within the spherical of 16 (1-3).
Mohamed Salah is simply the second Liverpool participant to attain in 5 consecutive Champions League video games, after Steven Gerrard between October 2007 and February 2008.
– Napoli haven’t scored in a Champions League recreation for the primary time since October 2, 2019 towards Genk; the Neapolitans, the truth is, had scored within the subsequent 11 matches of the event.
– Napoli have by no means received in 12 away video games towards English groups in European competitions (W3, D9).
– Jürgen Klopp is the fourth supervisor to achieve the 400-game mark for Liverpool in all competitions, after Bob Paisley (535), Tom Watson (742) and Invoice Shankly (783).
– Jürgen Klopp is the primary German coach to achieve the mark of 100 video games within the Champions League.
– Trent Alexander-Arnold is the youngest Liverpool participant to make 50 Champions League appearances (24 years and 25 days).