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Napoli thump Liverpool 3-0 in friendly

Napoli thump Liverpool 3-0 in friendly
Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain evades Simone Verdi during their pre-season friendly match against Napoli.
London, Jul 29 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/29/2019 11:44:47 AM IST

Liverpool suffered a chastening 3-0 defeat by Napoli in a pre-season friendly in Edinburgh on Sunday, a week before they face Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley.

The European champions have not tasted victory in their past four friendly matches, losing to Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla and drawing with Sporting Lisbon before their loss at Murrayfield.

Lorenzo Insigne, Arkadiusz Milik and Amin Younes scored for the Serie A side in front of a sell-out crowd of 65,000, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp using 21 players in total.

Insigne curled in the opener in the 17th minute and Carlo Ancelotti’s side underlined their superiority by doubling their lead just before the half-hour.

This time Insigne turned creator, squaring for Milik to finish.

Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum had a goal ruled out on the stroke of half-time for off-side.

The English Premier League side started the second half showing greater intent but Napoli struck again seven minutes after the re-start.

Insigne was involved once more, surging into the box and drawing a stop from Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet that bounced off one of his own defenders and presented Younes with a tap-in.

Klopp made 10 changes during the second half, including a maiden appearance for 16-year-old Harvey Elliott following the announcement of his signing earlier in the day.

The teenager became the youngest debutant in Premier League history when he played for Fulham against Wolves in May at the age of 16 years and 30 days.

Liverpool, last season’s runners-up, play Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday in the Community Shield, the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season.

Lyon beat Arsenal with 2 late goals
Lyon substitute Moussa Dembele scored two second-half goals as they came from behind to beat Arsenal in the pre-season Emirates Cup final.
Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli thought he had scored the winner when his goal was ruled out for offside seconds before Dembele put Lyon 2-1 up.
Martinelli made his first appearance at Emirates Stadium as a substitute, with fellow new signing Dani Ceballos. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s volley had given Arsenal a first-half lead.
The Gabon international hit the outside of the post late in the second half, almost chipping Lyon keeper Anthony Racioppi from the edge of the box.
Arsenal were forced to reshape early on as Alexandre Lacazette, facing his former club, was substituted in the 12th minute, moments after receiving treatment on the touchline. Aubameyang’s volley in the 36th minute was cancelled out by Dembele’s first - a powerful header into the bottom right corner.
And there was drama late on as Martinelli’s strike was ruled out seconds before Dembele went up the other end and slotted it past a stationary Bernd Leno to double his tally.
New signing Ceballos, who joins on loan from Real Madrid, was given a standing ovation when he and Martinelli were introduced late in the second half.
The 22-year-old Spanish international had little time to make an impact but enjoyed the occasion, taking time at the end of the match to thank supporters.

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