Robert Lewandoski showed why he is a star striker on wednessday night by banging in a hat-trick against Viktoria Plzen. The former Bayern man scored on the 34th, 45th and 67th minutes to complete a hat-trick. Franck Kessie also scored his first Champions league goal for Barcelona, Ferran Torres was also on the scoresheet.
It was not a good night for Klopp and his men as they fell to Napoli by 4-1 in Naples. It only took Napoli 5 minutes to get in front through Piotr Zielinski’s penalty after Milner handled the ball in the box.
Victor Osimhen had an opportunity to double the lead in the 19th minute but he could not convert Napoli’s second penalty of the night. Aguisssa doubled the lead in the 31st minute before Giovanni Simeone made it 3-0 in the 44th minute. Piotr Zielinski got his brace after the break. Luiz Diaz pulled one back for Liverpool but it was too late, the Italian job was done!
Bayern Munich blew past Inter Milan with no qualms courtesy of a goal from Leroy Sane and an own goal by Danilo D’Ambrosio.
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Goal! Barcelona 5-1 Viktoria Plzen
Barca running riot, a fifth now! Dembele with an incredible scooped pass, Ferran with a great volleyed finish
Goal! Barcelona 4-1 Viktoria Plzen
Lewandowski with another arrowed in from 20 yards!
Goal! Inter 0-2 Bayern
What! A! Goal! That was some great combination play inside Inter’s box, Sané plays it into the danger zone but ultimately it is squeezed across the line for an own goal.
Goal! Napoli 4-1 Liverpool
Diaz curls one in from the edge of the box after good initial work from Robertson.
Goal! Napoli 4-0 Liverpool
Piotr Zielinski gets his second of the night.
We are back for the second 45 minutes!
What an unreal half of football by Napoli – the away side are completely shell shocked! Luciano Spalletti’s side strike three times before the break to give Liverpool a mountain to climb if they want to claim the points here this evening!
Goal! Barcelona 3-1 Viktoria Plzen
Dembele wins the ball back and then perfect cross to the far post for a stooping header for Lewandowski. Barça’s two-goal advantage restored before the break
Goal! Barcelona 2-1 Viktoria Plzen
A blocked shot comes out to the right and a neat cross finds Sikora. His header his down into the corner, giving ter Stegen no chance! Game on?
Goal! Napoli 3-0 Liverpool
Giovanni Simeone adds a third and Liverpool have it all to do now
Goal! Barcelona 2-0 Viktoria Plzen
Brilliant finish from Robert Lewandowski for Barca’s second. His first Champions League goal for Barca, he is going to score so many.
Goal! Napoli 2-0 Liverpool
Napoli’s constant pressure has paid off, Anguissa doubles the lead! You can’t say it wasn’t coming.
Goal! Inter 0-1 Bayern
Bayern just spent 25 minutes passing it almost exclusively up and down the right flank, then Kimmich just turns round and pings a long one in behind for Sané to finish.
Penalty saved! Napoli 1-0 Liverpool
Osimhen has his penalty saved! He opts to take the penalty despite Zielinski taking the first! Alisson dives the right way to tip it high, and the rebound goes over the bar! That could be a big moment in the game!
Goal! Barcelona 1-0 Viktoria Plzen
Frank Kessie! The Ivorian scores on his first Barcelona start. Corner from the right, knocked back to the near post where Kessie heads down and in.
Goal! Napoli 1-0 Liverpool
Zielinski scores from the penalty spot after a Milner handball!
…and so it begins from Milan to Naples and all the other major cities playing host to Champions League football tonight!
Inter Milan vs Bayern Munich –Starting XI
A 3-2 defeat in the Milan derby at the weekend has led to quite a few players getting hooked, including a change in goal. Andre Onana, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Robin Gosens are in for Samir Handanovic, Stefan de Vrij, Nicolo Barella and Matteo Darmian.
It’s quite the strike force, isn’t it? Sadio Mane is paired with Thomas Muller, who’s recalled to the starting XI alongside Lucas Hernandez as Dayot Upamecano and Jamal Musiala miss out
Inter Milan host Bayern Munich in the Champions League tonight in a battle of two European heavyweights.
In a rematch of the 2010 final, won by Jose Mourinho’s Inter, the Italian and German giants open up this season’s group of death – which also features Barcelona.
A fast start is therefore needed in order to avoid being put on the back foot, with both teams looking to improve upon their European campaign last season. German champions Bayern were knocked out by Villarreal in the quarter-finals while Inter were defeated by Liverpool in the last 16.
Since then, Bayern have signed Sadio Mane to replace Robert Lewandowski while Romelu Lukaku has returned to the San Siro from Chelsea.
Liverpool vs Napoli –Starting XI
Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti makes two changes from his side’s 2-1 win over Lazio in their last Serie A match.
Matteo Politano and Mathias Olivera come into the team for Hirving Lozano and Mario Rui.
Liverpool also shuffle the pack this evening as James Milner, Andy Robertson and Roberto Firmino all come into the starting XI.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will want to get their Champions League campaign off to a good start after their less than ideal form in the Premier League.
Liverpool head to Napoli to commence their latest Champions League campaign tonight. Jurgen Klopp’s side are in need of a jump-start to their season sooner rather than later but they face a tough opener in Group A.
Napoli have made a strong start in Serie A, have one of the tightest defences in Europe and Liverpool have not found them easy opponents in the past. On their last trip to Naples, three years ago, they were beaten 2-0 and the season before that they lost 1-0.