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Penalty Play as holders Liverpool, Chelsea Shed Champions League openers

Last updated on September 19, 2019

Liverpool endured a 1-0 defeat in Naples at the group stage a year to continue and win their sixth European Cup, and now a 2-0 reverse at the San Paolo made them the first reigning champions to shed their opening game at the contest since 1994.

Both sides had opportunities at the Group E clash before the hosts won a late penalty with hardly 10 minutes remaining when Jose Callejon went under an Andy Robertson challenge.

Dries Mertens beat Adrian out of 12 yards and substitute Fernando Llorente — that played for Tottenham Hotspur against Liverpool in last year’s closing — subsequently took advantage of some rare defensive lapse by Virgil van Dijk to make it 2-0 at stoppage time.

“I don’t think that it’s a punishment. What can I say, for me personally, it’s evident and obvious no punishment,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said of this spot-kick into BT Sport. “We played with lots of excellent football but did not complete it off.” – Hat-trick hero Haaland – Liverpool has to now dive back in 2 weeks when they sponsor Austrian champions Salzburg, who made a high return to the team point as teenaged ahead Erling Braut Haaland netted a hat-trick at a 6-2 demolition of Genk.

Salzburg had dropped in the qualifying rounds at the previous seven campaigns but ultimately progressed this year to the group stage for the first time since 1994-95.

Haaland, the teenaged English-born Norwegian striker whose dad Alf-Inge played Manchester City, gave Salzburg a second-minute guide and netted two before half-time.

Aged just 19 decades and 58 days, Haaland is your third-youngest participant to evaluate a Champions League hat-trick supporting Wayne Rooney and Raul, based on sports statisticians Opta.

The West Hwang Hee-Chan and Dominik Szoboszlai also struck before the rest for Salzburg, while priest Andreas Ulmer finished the rout in the second half.

Last year’s Europa League champions Chelsea ensured that it had been two defeats from 2 over the night for English sides since they lost 1-0 at home to Valencia.

“It is a brutal lesson of Champions League soccer, a game we have played fairly well in and we discard it,” said Chelsea boss Frank Lampard. “The fantastic thing is we’ve got five games to flip it about.” – Ajax impresses – In Group H, last year’s semi-finalists Ajax maintained an impressive 3-0 home win over Lille with among the latest signings one of the aims.

Quincy Promes led the Dutch winners ahead along with the Mexican Edson Alvarez doubled their lead early in the second half before Nicolas Tagliafico secured the triumph.

Following a patchy start to this season, Barcelona is going to likely be relieved to escape out of their excursion to Borussia Dortmund using a 0-0 draw as Lionel Messi returned from trauma as a second-half substitute.

The home side will believe that they should have won. However Marco Reus needed a second-half punishment saved until Julian Brandt hit the pub on.

“We performed brilliantly in the second half, and it seems a bit like we’ve lost two things,” Dortmund defender Mats Hummels told Sky.

Those two seem well-positioned already to advance in Group F after Inter Milan had a stoppage-time Nicolo Barella aim to save a 1-1 draw against position outsiders Slavia Prague.

Nigerian ahead Peter Olayinka place Slavia forward in the 63rd minute, just for Barella to par at the second minute of stoppage time following a Stefano Sensi free-kick hit on the pub.

In Group G, RB Leipzig won 2-1 in Benfica using Timo Werner bagging a brace before Haris Seferovic pulled back.