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European Champions Liverpool Lose To Napoli After Controversial Penalty

European Champions Liverpool Lose To Napoli After Controversial Penalty

Reigning European champions Liverpool were beaten by Napoli on Matchday one in the Champions League group stage following a controversial penalty call at the San Paolo.

Late on in Naples Jose Callejon went down under the challenge from Andy Robertson and though it looked clumsy at first glance, replays showed that there was barely, if any, contact from the Scotsman.

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VAR looked at the decision but did not overrule Felix Brych and Dries Mertens converted from 12 yards despite Adrian guessing right and getting a hand to his effort.

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Images: BT Sport
Images: BT Sport
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Liverpool fans on social media were furious at the decision:

A rare mistake from Virgil van Dijk late on in stoppage time gifted substitute Fernando Llorente Napoli's second to hand the Reds a losing start in this season's Champions League and a second consecutive defeat away at tonight's opponents.

Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Football, Napoli, Champions League, European Football

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