Liverpool started its Champions League title defence with a 2-Zero defeat away to Napoli, which scored two late targets to resolve a cagey encounter on the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday.
Dries Mertens scored from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining after Andy Robertson tripped Jose Callejon contained in the field and Napoli substitute Fernando Llorente added a second in stoppage time to place the end result past doubt.
Juergen Klopp’s facet grew to become the primary competitors winner to lose the opening recreation of its Champions League defence since AC Milan was defeated by Ajax Amsterdam in 1994.
Hirving Lozano headed in from shut vary early on however the purpose was appropriately dominated out for offside, earlier than Sadio Mane compelled Alex Meret right into a save and Roberto Firmino flashed a header extensive earlier than the break.
Adrian denied Mertens with an excellent response cease early within the second half earlier than Meret dived to direct Mohamed Salah’s effort extensive.
However the late double from Mertens and Llorente secured the three factors for Carlo Ancelotti’s facet, which additionally beat Liverpool at house on the similar stage final season.
Within the different Group E recreation, Salzburg made a powerful begin with a 6-2 victory at house to Genk.
Erling Haaland scored a first-half hat-trick for the Austrian champion, changing into the third youngest participant to internet a Champions League treble on the age of 19 years and 58 days, behind Raul (18y 113d) and Wayne Rooney (18y 340d).
At London, Valencia gatecrashed Frank Lampard’s managerial bow within the Champions League by incomes a morale-boosting 1-Zero win at Chelsea after Ross Barkley spurned an opportunity to equalise by lacking from the penalty spot.
Spain ahead Rodrigo Moreno gave the customer the lead in opposition to the run of play within the 74th minute of the Group H recreation, getting the slightest of touches on a free kick from Dani Parejo to ship the ball into the roof of the online.
Chelsea continued to threaten and was awarded a penalty after a VAR assessment noticed a handball by Valencia defender Daniel Wass, however Barkley despatched the ensuing spot kick on to the crossbar and over.
Borussia Dortmund hit the woodwork and had a penalty saved earlier than drawing 0-Zero with Barcelona in its Group F opener, at Dortmund with Lionel Messi making his first look of the season for the Spaniards.
Barca’s in-form 16-year-old Ansu Fati grew to become the membership’s youngest participant to characteristic in a UEFA competitors when he began.
He didn’t make any actual impression earlier than being changed by fit-again Messi simply earlier than the hour mark.
The outcomes: Napoli 2 (Mertens 82-pen, Llorente 90+2) bt Liverpool 0; Salzburg 6 (Haaland 2, 34, 45, Hwang 36, Szoboszlai 45+3, Ulmer 66) bt Genk 2 (Lucumi 40, Samatta 52); Borussia Dortmund Zero drew with Barcelona 0; Benfica 1 (Seferovic 84) misplaced to RB Leipzig 2 (Werner 69, 79); Chelsea Zero misplaced to Valencia 1 (Rodrigo 74); Ajax 3 (Promes 18, Alvarez 50, Tagliafico 62) bt Lille 0.
Inter Milan 1 (Barella 90+2) drew with Slavia Praha 1 (Olayinka 63); Lyon 1 (Depay 51-pen) drew with Zenit 1 (Azmoun 41).