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Napoli trounce Liverpool 4-1 in Champions League opener

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Napoli claimed a stunning 4-1 win over last season’s beaten finalists Liverpool in their opening Champions League group game on Wednesday, as a worrying start to the campaign continued for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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Liverpool were swept away by a whirlwind first-half performance at the Stadio Maradona from Napoli, who were deservedly three goals to the good at the break.

Piotr Zielinski got the ball rolling from the penalty spot in the fifth minute and two more beautifully worked strikes from Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Giovanni Simeone on his Champions League debut left Jurgen Klopp’s side staring at a humiliating defeat.

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Poland midfielder, Zielinski, then added the fourth almost immediately after the restart to ensure Napoli got off to a dream start to Group A.

Luciano Spalletti’s team, who are back in Europe’s top competition after a two-season absence, are second but level with Ajax who performed a demolition job of their own against Rangers.

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Napoli built on a strong start to their domestic season which has them second after five games in Serie A and will be encouraged by strong performances from new arrivals, in particular firecracker winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Georgian Kvaratskhelia has already won over Napoli supporters with his exciting wing play and eye for goal, and although he was only on the field for less than an hour he did considerable damage.

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Liverpool, meanwhile, are kept off the bottom by the Scots and now turn their attentions to trying to improve on seventh place in the Premier League.

Backed by a typically raucous crowd, Napoli came haring out of the traps and could easily have been ahead with less than a minute on the clock.

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The lively Victor Osimhen broke onto a long ball from Giovanni Di Lorenzo and nudged it past the onrushing Alisson Becker, but took the ball too wide and instead of trying to lay up his arriving teammates shot off the near post.

They were deservedly ahead shortly afterwards when James Milner handled Zielinski’s low shot and allowed the Pole to rifle home the opener.

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Napoli would have been further ahead had Osimhen taken a leaf out of Zielinski’s book in the 18th minute, but instead he wasted his chance from the spot with a fancy run-up after an on-field review of Virgil van Dijk’s clumsy challenge on the Nigerian by referee Carlos del Cerro Grande resulted in another penalty.

However, Liverpool were a shambles at the back, constantly caught napping on passes over the top and bewildered by Kvaratskhelia, whose 28th-minute shot was kicked off the line after Osimhen nicked the ball away from Joe Gomez.

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And three minutes later Anguissa gave the hosts a lead which more reflected the run of play.

The Cameroon international played a simple one-two with Zielinski to find himself all alone with Alisson before rolling in the second, and from there Liverpool collapsed.

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A dream opening half ended with Simeone in tears after making it three just seconds after replacing injured Osimhen, tapping in a simple finish after the irrepressible Kvaratskhelia caused more havoc on the left flank.

Simeone then turned provider for Zielinski to ensure it was a memorable night for the hosts a minute after the break, a first effort denied by Alisson before a follow-up finish was dinked over the Brazilian.

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Luis Diaz pulled one back two minutes later but it was all the Reds could conjure up as Napoli shut up shop and saw out a memorable win.

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Aribo, Iwobi shine as Everton snatch victory at St Mary’s

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Joe Aribo was on the scoresheet but was not enough as Alex Iwobi’s assist to Dwight McNeil sealed a win for Everton at the St Mary’s on Saturday.

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Aribo broke the deadlock on 49 minutes, picking the ball up on the edge of the box and fired it beyond Jordan Pickford.

Three minutes later, Everton got a leveler after Amadou Onana nodded down a deep cross into the path of Conor Coady who hit home from close range.

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In the 54th minute, Iwobi set up Dwight McNeil who drove the ball into the back of the net to give Everton the lead.

Everton, by virtue of the win, moved up to 11th position with 10 points and Southampton sit 15th on the log with seven points.

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Lewandowski gives Barca hard-fought victory in Mallorca

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Robert Lewandowski was the hero once again for Barcelona as they fought to a 1-0 victory away at Mallorca.

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The game started with Barca pulling weights to break the deadlock, and did eventually when Lewandowski curled in a fine shot into the bottom corner of the net in the 20th minute.

Barca then tried to kill off the game but could not find that second-goal cushion as Mallorca were defensively solid.

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The host tried, on multiple occasions, to draw level but Marc Andre Ter Stegen continued his excllent form between the sticks for Barca as he denied their attempts to ensure Barca pick up maximum points and stay top of the league for at least, the night till Real Madrid play Osasuna on Sunday night.

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Smalling header gives Roma victory over Inter

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Chris Smalling and Paolo Dybala scored as AS Roma came from behind to beat Inter Milan at the San Siro for the first time since February 2017.

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Smalling scored the winner in the 78th-minute after heading home from Lorenzo Pellegrini’s free-kick as Roma jump to fourth in the Serie A table.

Inter were looking to bounce back from a poor run of form while AS Roma were without their manager, José Mourinho who was suspended for three matches following his red card from the Atalanta match.

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Federico Dimarco had opened the scoring for Inter after 30 minutes but Roma equalized nine minutes later when Paulo Dybala volleyed home from an acute angle.

Inter Millan had better goal-scoring chances in the game, Hakan Çalhanoglu hit the bar from a free-kick in the 62nd minute, while former Roma striker Eden Dzeko had thought he had opened the scoring in the 11th minute only for his strike to be ruled out by VAR.

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The win means Roma are now four points behind leaders Napoli while Inter remain in seventh, eight points off the top having lost four of their eight Serie A matches so far this season.

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