Liverpool 2-0 Napoli: Late goals from Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez claim morale-boosting win

Late late show: Salah and Nunez struck in the dying embers of the game to seal Liverpool’s win  (Getty Images)
Late late show: Salah and Nunez struck in the dying embers of the game to seal Liverpool’s win (Getty Images)

Late goals from Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez saw Liverpool beat Napoli in their final Champions League group game, though the win was not enough to claim top spot.

Both teams had already sealed a knockout stage place, but top spot in the group, and a potentially more favourable last-16 opponent, was still up for grabs, with Liverpool needing to beat Napoli by four goals or more to sneak to the summit.

The first half felt like an encounter where both teams’ main priority had been fulfilled, but the game sprang to life early in the second when Leo Ostigard thought he had put Napoli in front, only for his header to be ruled offside after a VAR check.

With nothing to lose and top spot out of reach Liverpool did at least manage to secure victory on the night, with Salah prodding home at the far post five minutes from time, before Nunez added a second in stoppage time.

Napoli’s 4-1 demolition of Liverpool in their group opener in September proved crucial in the end, as they finished on 15 points, the same as Liverpool, but with a better goal difference in clashes between the pair.

Additional reporting from Reuters