Rangers v Liverpool: Champions League – live updates | Champions League

Napoli have qualified for the knockout stage with two Group A games to play. Luciano Spalletti’s box-fresh side have announced themselves in style, and look more than capable of winning Europe’s biggest prize for the first time. A long way to go, of course, but the excitement around them is palpable.

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Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Napoli 4 13 12
2 Liverpool 3 0 6
3 Ajax 4 -4 3
4 Rangers 3 -9 0

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Just one change to the Rangers starting XI from the 4-0 win against St Mirren. Ryan Kent replaces Rabbi Matondo, who drops to the bench. Antonio Colak, who has 13 goals to his name this season already, leads the line. Fashion Sakala, a troublesome presence for Liverpool at Anfield last week, is tasked with providing Colak the ammo.

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Liverpool make six changes to the team named for the 3-2 defeat at Arsenal. Mohamed Salah, Thiago and Diogo Jota are all benched, while Luis Diaz, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip are injured. Stepping into a youthful team: Harvey Elliott, Fabio Carvalho, Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino.

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Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Davies, Barisic, Jack, Lundstram, Sakala, Arfield, Kent, Colak.
Subs: Yilmaz, Davis, Matondo, Sands, Morelos, Scott Wright, McCrorie, McLaughlin, King, Devine, Tillman.

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Liverpool: Alisson, Gomez, Konate, van Dijk, Tsimikas, Henderson, Fabinho, Elliott, Firmino, Nunez, Carvalho.
Subs: Thiago, Milner, Salah, Adrian, Jota, Robertson, Bajcetic, Phillips, Kelleher.

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Referee: Slavko Vincic (Slovenia).

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A week ago this happened …

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… and now Rangers are on the brink of an early exit from the Champions League. Nothing but a victory for the Light Blues tonight can save them. Liverpool meanwhile are looking for a win that would nudge them closer to the knockout phase. Kick off is at 8pm BST. It’s on!

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Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Napoli 3 11 9
2 Liverpool 3 0 6
3 Ajax 3 -2 3
4 Rangers 3 -9 0

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Key occasions

Jurgen Klopp speaks to BT Sport. “It is a busy period and we cannot force the boys through, we have to make changes. Diogo Jota was not planned, that’s why he was in yesterday’s press conference, but we got a call from the medical department saying he can play, but not too long. Oh great! So we’d better start somebody else who can play 90 minutes. But he is on the bench and is available.”

Klopp chats to BT ahead of kick-off.
Klopp chats to BT forward of kick-off. Photograph: Greig Bertram/AGBPhoto/Shutterstock

Giovanni van Bronckhorst talks to BT. “There is only one change. The team is doing well in the league. Today we have to start right, and try to attack them. We have had great experiences in Europe this season and last season, and the atmosphere can be really good. But it’s only good when you perform as well on the pitch.”

Full time in Naples: Napoli 4-2 Ajax

Napoli have certified for the knockout level with two Group A video games to play. Luciano Spalletti’s box-fresh facet have introduced themselves in taste, and glance greater than able to successful Europe’s largest prize for the primary time. An extended method to cross, in fact, however the pleasure round them is palpable.

Ajax have been urgent for an equaliser … however an enormous Daley Blind clanger has simply secured the win for Napoli. Blind hesitated over a backpass, permitting Victor Osimhen to look from nowhere, take the ball off his toe, and roll it into the empty web, Remko Pasveer stationed somewhere else, looking forward to the cross that by no means got here. Latest ranking: Napoli 4-2 Ajax.

It’s now Napoli 3-2 Ajax. Steven Bergwijn whips house a penalty after 83 mins. It was once a horny cushy award, Brian Brobbey backing into Juan Jesus and crumpling, the referee generously pointing to the spot. But VAR didn’t see sufficient to overturn the verdict, and the four-time winners are again in it!

It’s raining goals in Naples.
It’s raining objectives in Naples. Photograph: Ciro de Luca/Reuters

The different recreation in Group A kicked off early … and everyone’s new second-favourite group, Napoli, have simply long past 3-1 up on the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona towards Ajax. Hirving Lozano opened the scoring for the Italians on 4 mins, Giacomo Raspadori including a moment 12 mins later. Davy Klaassen pulled one again for Ajax 4 mins after the smash, however the sensational Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has restored Napoli’s two-goal cushion by way of roofing a penalty. Latest ranking: Napoli 3-1 Ajax.

Team information: Colak begins, Salah benched

Just one exchange to the Rangers beginning XI from the 4-0 win towards St Mirren. Ryan Kent replaces Rabbi Matondo, who drops to the bench. Antonio Colak, who has 13 objectives to his title this season already, leads the road. Fashion Sakala, a hard presence for Liverpool at Anfield ultimate week, is tasked with offering Colak the ammo.

Liverpool make six adjustments to the group named for the 3-2 defeat at Arsenal. Mohamed Salah, Thiago and Diogo Jota are all benched, whilst Luis Diaz, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip are injured. Stepping right into a younger group: Harvey Elliott, Fabio Carvalho, Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino.

The groups

Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Davies, Barisic, Jack, Lundstram, Sakala, Arfield, Kent, Colak.
Subs: Yilmaz, Davis, Matondo, Sands, Morelos, Scott Wright, McCrorie, McLaughlin, King, Devine, Tillman.

Liverpool: Alisson, Gomez, Konate, van Dijk, Tsimikas, Henderson, Fabinho, Elliott, Firmino, Nunez, Carvalho.
Subs: Thiago, Milner, Salah, Adrian, Jota, Robertson, Bajcetic, Phillips, Kelleher.

Referee: Slavko Vincic (Slovenia).

Preamble

Every week in the past this came about …

… and now Rangers are on the point of an early go out from the Champions League. Nothing however a victory for the Light Blues this night can save them. Liverpool in the meantime are searching for a win that might nudge them nearer to the knockout section. Kick off is at 8pm BST. It’s on!

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