Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich also conducted their campaigns with victories, but the Rangers were crushed 4-0 by Ajax in the Netherlands as they return to the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have won just two of their first six Premier League games this season and nothing will improve on the trip to Italy as Napoli have taken the lead and never looked back.
Piotr Zielinski took the penalty in the fifth minute, and Victor Osimhen then made Napoli’s second penalty saved by Alisson Becker.
However, Napoli – who beat Liverpool at their stadium in the group stage in 2018 and 2019 – took a 3-0 lead at halftime as Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s fine finish was followed. followed by a touch from substitute Giovanni Simeone .
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Liverpool fell two minutes behind in the second half as Zielinski went on to score after his initial effort was thwarted, but Luis Diaz pulled it back.
“We were too open. You can’t go to a place like this and not be neat. They are a better team for miles,” Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson told BT Sport.
“We have to wake up and be quick because we can’t perform like that.”
The Champions League’s next game is at home to Ajax, who can beat Rangers more than four times at home, last season’s Europa League finalist, playing in the Champions League group stage for the first time since since 2010.
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Edson Alvarez headed Ajax ahead before Steven Berghuis’ shot deflected and a superb Mohammed Kudus strike made it 3-0 for Ajax in the first half.
Steven Bergwijn pulled through a bad back pass to seal a belated victory in Amsterdam, prompting Rangers coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst to make a bleak assessment of the team’s prospects.
The Dutch player emphasized: “To play in the Champions League, you have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars.
Lewandowski became the first player to score a Champions League hat-trick for three different clubs as the former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern star marked his debut against Barcelona.
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The Catalans crushed Czech champions Viktoria Plzen 5-1 in Group C, with Franck Kessie heading the opener before Lewandowski made it 2-0.
Jan Sykora equalized for Lewandowski to score again before half-time and then scored his third goal midway through the second half.
The Pole currently has 89 goals in the Champions League, 3 more than Karim Benzema, only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Ferran Torres scored Barca’s fifth goal, the next game will have to be away at Lewandowski’s former team Bayern.
The German secured an impressive 2-0 away win over Inter Milan on Wednesday, with Leroy Sane netting Andre Onana to open the scoring in the first half and then forcing Danilo D’Ambrosio into an own goal at home. minute 66.
Antonio Conte’s Tottenham struggled to beat Marseille in north London until French side Chancel Mbemba was sent off shortly after half-time.
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Richarlison scored the opening goal in the 76th minute, from Ivan Perisic’s cross, and the Brazilian headed back shortly after to make it 2-0.
“I think we feel a little bit of pressure in this competition, but in the end we have to be satisfied,” Conte said of the win.
Also in Group D, Sporting Lisbon scored three goals in the second half to win 3-0 over Eintracht Frankfurt, with former Spurs youngsters Marcus Edwards, Francisco Trincao and Nuno Santos all on target.
In Group B, Antoine Griezmann headed home the winning goal in the 11th minute of injury time when Atlético Madrid beat Porto 2-1.
In an unbelievable finish, Porto let Mehdi Taremi be sent off late in the game before Mario Hermoso put Atletico ahead with a 92nd-minute strike.
Hermoso then conceded a handball, allowing Matheus Uribe to equalize in the 96th minute, only for Griezmann to have the last laugh.
The only other game in Champions League history with three goals scored in stoppage time was Porto’s meeting with Atletico last December.
In the group match, Abakar Sylla headed the post to help Club Brugge win 1-0 against Bayer Leverkusen.