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Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Wednesday's match between Napoli and Liverpool in the 2nd matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage

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Full time: Napoli 1-0 Liverpool 

The referee blows his final whistle; Napoli hand Liverpool their first defeat of the season 

90' Insigne deservedly gives Napoli the lead, sliding in at the far post to tap in into an empty net after a superb diagonal cross. 


88' A substitution for Liverpool; Sturridge replaces Mane. 

86' Mane sends a through ball to Salah but Ospina rushes out to clear the danger. 

82' What a chance for Napoli!! Mertens' brilliant volley from a left-wing cross struck the bar. Napoli are very unlucky. 

81' Napoli make a substitution; Piotr Zielinski replaces Hamsik. 

78' Liverpool relatively improve but they are still unable to create goal-scoring chances. 

76' Liverpool make their first substitution. Fabinho replaces Milner. 

75' Gomez clears a goal-bound cross from Callejon as Napoli launch a barrage of attacks.

73' Firmino threads a fine pass to Mane but Ospina rushes out in a timely manner to collect the ball. 

72' Robertson makes a great defensive clearance after a left-wing cross from Napoli. 

68' Napoli make a double substitution, Simone Verdi replaces Fabian and Dries Mertens replaces Milik. 

68' A defensive clearance falls to Salah on the edge of the area but his left-foot shot misses the target. 

64' Salah controls a cross from Alexander-Arnold after a flowing move but he fails to skip past a couple of challengers in the area. 

62' Liverpool launch a rare counter attack as Salah feeds Mane, who fails to keep possession. 

58' Ruiz wastes a chance for Napoli as he dithers on the ball when played through, allowing Gomez to steal possession. 

56' Liverpool are lacking any creativity tonight. Napoli are enjoying better possession. 

51' Alisson collects another shot from Fabian Ruiz as Napoli pile on pressure. 

50' Alisson palms a powerful shot from Napoli's Milik. 

48' Liverpool's front three are isolated as they get no service from a sluggish midfield. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45+2' Liverpool's Milner is yellow-carded for a rash challenge on Allan. 

45+1' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time. 

45' Both sides are struggling to carve out openings in a dour half. 

39' A Salah shot is blocked by the defence and a follow-up effort from Alexander-Arnold goes horribly high over. 
37' Koulibaly is keeping Salah in check. 

33' Liverpool keeper Alisson pulls off a fine save to thwart a shot on the turn from Arkadiusz Milik.
32' Liverpool are shorn of creativity in midfield following the substitution of Keita. 

28' Liverpool are very poor so far, failing to string any passes together. 

25' Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly receives a yellow card for a late tackle on Van Dijk.

22' Napoli's Fabian Ruiz whips in a cross which finds Callejon on the right hand side of the area but his cross is intercepted by the defence. 

19' The Guinean is replaced, making way for Jordan Henderson. 

19' It looks like Naby Keita will be substituted after sustaining an injury. 

16' The energetic Insigne tries his luck from distance but his long-range shot goes high over. 
13' Napoli are controlling proceedings; can Liverpool hit them on the break? 

11' The first chance for Napoli!! Insigne goes close with a superb low shot that goes just wide. 

10' Salah controls a long ball on the right hande side of the area but his low cross is easily collected by the keeper. 
7' Liverpool are trying to catch Napoli on the break. 
5' Napoli have the better possession in the first five minutes. 

2' Both sides have an attacking approach to the game, which is expected to be an end-to-end affair. 

The match is underway 

Starting line-ups:

Napoli: David Ospina, Nikola Maksimovic, Kalidou Koulibaly, Raul Albiol, Mario Rui, Allan, Marek Hamsik, Fabian Ruiz, Jose Callejon, Lorenzo Insigne, Arkadiusz Milik

Liverpool: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joseph Gomez, Andrew Robertson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino 

20:00 Naby Keita returns to Liverpool's starting line-up after not starting the previous Premier League draw with Chelsea. 

19:00 Salah scored 10 Champions League goals last season to help Liverpool reach the final against Real Madrid. 

Egypt's Salah will be looking to open his Champions League account this season against Napoli. He scored three goals in his first seven Premier League games. 

16:00 Ancelotti also said he was surprised by the choice of Hungarian Viktor Kassai to referee the Champions League Group C game against Liverpool in Naples.

15:25 On Tuesday, Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti heaped praise on Liverpool Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah despite his slow start to the season, describing him as a "top quality footballer" as both sides prepare for their European Champions league test tonight.

"Mohamed Salah? I don’t know if he’s at 70 or 80 per cent, but that doesn’t change that he’s a top quality footballer and he’ll be very dangerous," Ancelotti told a news conference previewing Napoli's game against Liverpool.

15:00 Liverpool are leading Group A with three points after defeating French side PSG 3-2 in a thrilling group opener.

Napoli lie third with a single point after they were held to a goalless draw by Crvena Zvezda.

14:30 Klopp's last visit to Napoli as Borussia Dortmund manager in 2013 saw him sent off in the first half of a 2-1 loss for arguing with an official.

14:00 "I like Carlo, I respect him a lot," Klopp said at a press conference in the San Paolo Stadium.

"He was a world-class player and he's obviously a world-class manager.

"But, as we say in Germany, he's obviously a smart fox. Saying all these nice things about me before the game is nice but it's tactics.

"Carlo's (been) so long in the business and (he is) trying to bring the nice fellow out of me.

"But I'm here ready for a real battle. Yes we were stable in the last few weeks, we performed on a consistent level, but tomorrow we need to step up.

"I don't see a gap between Napoli and us, it's going to be a real challenge," he said.


13:45 They got their European campaign off the mark by beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 to top Group C, while Napoli drew away to Red Star Belgrade.

13:45 Klopp's side were losing finalists in last year's Champions League final and are unbeaten in the Premier League this term.

13:30 Former Bayern Munich coach Ancelotti, who took over at Napoli this season, said earlier he believed Liverpool had stepped up a level and were now one of the strongest teams in Europe.

13:00 Liverpool manger Jurgen Klopp laughed off words of flattery from Napoli's Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday saying he would not fall for mind games by the "smart fox" Italian coach.


Stay tuned as match is due to start at 21:00 Cairo time (GMT+2)


Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Napoli)

Referee: Viktor Kassai

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