Italy’s Napoli defeated last season’s UEFA Champions League winner Liverpool 2-0 in a Group E match at Naples’ San Paolo Stadium. The team’s win against the English club came as Europe’s most prestigious football tournament kicked off with eight matches in Group E, F, G and H.
Napoli took the lead with Belgian forward Dries Mertens’ penalty goal in the 82nd minute. The club’s new transfer, Spanish forward Fernando Llorente, found the net in the 90th minute and Napoli won the game 2-0.
Liverpool must now bounce back in two weeks when they host Austrian champions Salzburg, who made a stunning return to the group stage as teenage forward Erling Braut Haaland netted a hat-trick in a 6-2 demolition of Genk.
Salzburg had fallen in the qualifying rounds in each of the last seven campaigns but finally progressed this season to the group stage for the first time since 1994-95.
Haaland, the teenage English-born Norwegian striker whose father Alf-Inge played for Manchester City, gave Salzburg a second-minute lead and netted twice more before half-time.
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