Liverpool suffered their first defeat in UEFA Champions League this season as they were beaten by Italian side, Napoli 1-0 at San Paolo stadium this Wednesday.
The Reds have been performing well so far this season, even winning their opening group fixture in Europe against Paris Saint-Germain 3-2, but playing away to Naples was a different scenario for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Playing in such hostile environment, the Merseyside outfit found themselves under pressure since kick off as Napoli immediately put on an aggressive display, though Carlo Ancelotti’s men also struggle a bit in the final third.
Liverpool were trying to play more on the counter as they couldn’t really stop their opponent from having more of the ball possession, but Klopp’s men usual direct counter-attacking setup also didn’t work well.
After a goalless first 45 minutes, both teams tried to improve their game in the second half, but it was Napoli that seemingly able to do that as they looked more dangerous in that period, creating more problems for The Reds.
Hoping to snatch a point from that tie, Liverpool were left short as Ancelotti’s side grabbed a deserved winner late in the match courtesy of Lorenzo Insigne’s close range finish on the 90th minute mark.
In another tie, Tottenham’s Champions League hope is under serious threat as Mauricio Pochettino’s men suffered their second group defeats, this time being hammered 4-2 by Barcelona.
Playing at Wembley, Spurs didn’t find things comfortable at all as they already chasing the match after just two minutes of play through Philippe Coutinho’s effort.
It was 2-0 just before the half hour mark with Ivan Rakitic netting home a lovely volley to give his team a quite comfortable lead as they go into half time break.
Tottenham tried to get back into the game and things looked possible when Harry Kane made it 2-1 with his strike on 52 minutes.
Unfortunately for the home team, Lionel Messi was not in the mood to fool around as he restored his team’s two goal margin with his goal on 56 minutes.
Erik Lamela gave another added hope for Pochettino’s side, but Messi’s brilliance strike again as in the 90th minute he basically ended that tie with his fine finish.
Full results of UEFA Champions League Wednesday fixtures:
Lokomotic Moscow 0-1 Schalke; Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 Red Star Belgrade; Atletico Madrid 3-1 Club Brugge; Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Monaco; Porto 1-0 Galatasaray; Napoli 1-0 Liverpool; PSV 1-2 Inter Milan; Tottenham Hotspur 2-4 Barcelona.
Source: 1000 Goals.