Napoli 1-0 Liverpool – Insigne with late sucker punch as Liverpool flatter to deceive

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By Matt Ramirez – @Matt_J_Ramirez

Napoli leap frog both Liverpool and PSG to go top of Group C thanks to a 90th minute strike by Lorenzo Insigne.

The Napoli talisman had to merely stroke the ball into an empty net after a Jose Callejon cross across goal took Alisson out the equation, leaving the little Italian with what is perhaps the easiest finish of his career.

Elsewhere, PSG recovered from their late loss at Anfield two weeks ago with a 6-1 thrashing of Crvena Zvezda in Paris, but remain below Liverpool as the Reds have a better head-to-head record thus far.

The first half of the contest was a drab affair, with neither side really getting a foothold in the game. With this being said Napoli were the aggressor, particularly through the eventual match winner Insigne. In the first 10 minutes, the winger was picked out by Callejon but couldn’t find the target, striking the ball just wide of Alisson’s post.

With half an hour gone, it became apparent that Carlo Ancelotti’s side had got their tactics very much spot on in terms of defence, suffocating every Liverpool attack and winning the ball back with relative ease before continuing on to try and form an attack themselves.

In the second half it was much of the same for Liverpool but Napoli came out looking like a different team.

From the outset, Klopp’s men were on the back foot with Arkadiusz Milik testing Alisson early on, drawing a much needed save down to the goalkeeper’s left side. The Brazilian was tested again moments later, but much like before he was more than a match for Allan’s strike.

With 30 minutes left to play the home side were definitely the more established and began to turn up the heat. The Italian outfit consistently found themselves able to beat Liverpool’s tiring midfield and repeatedly found a way through a defence that has been immense so far this season.

With 15 minutes left to play, Liverpool could have considered themselves lucky after a Joe Gomez goal line clearance was needed to stop the home side going ahead. Callejon connected with a deep cross into the box, volleying the ball past Alisson and in the direction of the bottom right corner of the Liverpool net. Fortunately for Klopp, Gomez had retreated towards the goal line after the ball sailed over his head and was able to boot away the inbound shot.

Liverpool again found themselves calling upon lady luck moments later after Dries Mertens turned a Mario Rui cross onto the crossbar. The Belgian was found unmarked in the box but was unable to keep the volley down.

Fabinho was brought on shortly after in an attempt to secure the point, however it wasn’t meant to be for the Red’s who were carved open in the 90th minute and see themselves move down to second in Group C.

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