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RB Salzburg - Liverpool 0: 2 (0: 0)
Liverpool are again in the last sixteen of the Champions League drafted. At RB Salzburg the team of coach Jürgen Klopp won 2-0 (0-0) and will be in the lottery draw next Monday as group winners in the pot. The goals were scored by former Salzburg Naby Keita (57th minute) and Mohamed Salah (58th). The Austrian champions will play in the spring in the Europa League.
In the first half Salzburg ran a high running effort, played the usual pressing and so also revealed some weaknesses in the Liverpool defensive. The scoring chances of Hwang Hee-Chan (7th) and Erling Braut Håland (24), who were courted by many top clubs, were quite high, but were not well exploited by the two strikers. The longer the game went, the better the defending champion came in, the best opportunity Salah freestanding (29.).
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Erling bride Håland is annoyed about a missed scoring opportunity
After the break, the Reds took better advantage of their chances. Sadio Mané, also in Salzburg's jersey for two years, flanked Keita from the left side, who was freestanding. And already in the coming attack Salah made the decision. The Egyptians put the ball past the outgoing goalkeeper Cican Stankovic, the angle was extremely sharp and yet managed the scorer with a low shot to hit.
SSC Napoli - KRC Genk 4: 0 (3: 0)
The team of German coach Hannes Wolf was already determined before the game as a table without a chance to progress. Wolf, who has been with the Belgian champions since mid-November, relied on 17-year-old goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt, who was the youngest ever keeper in the Champions League history.
The game could not have started worse for Vandevoordt. In the third minute he was included in the own penalty area in the game structure. Instead of knocking the ball out, the talent went into dribbling and lost it. Arkadiusz Milik was the beneficiary and shot into the empty net. Vandevoordts mishap reminded of the youngest CL goalkeeper Mile Svilar. Benfica's Belgian debut in 2017 as an 18-year-old defeated Manchester United 1-0 after beating a free-kick from Marcus Rashford and then backwards into his own net.
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Maarten Vandevoordt (r.) Can only watch the ball after his mistake
It was Milik who finally scored Napoli with two more goals in the last sixteen. The team of coach Carlo Ancelotti switched once quickly, on the right side Giovanni di Lorenzo was unlocked and his flank shot the Pole powerful (26.). Vandevoordt was uninvolved - unlike the third goal. The goalkeeper was a bit too late in the fight against José Callejon, hit ball and opponents and referee Cüneyt Cakir decided on penalty. Milik converted (38th) and scored his first hat trick in the Napoli jersey. In the second half there was another penalty for the hosts, this time joined Dries Mertens and loaded his young compatriot with a Lupfer in the middle (74.).