Champions League 2022/23 matchday one has been completed with a big win for Napoli and Inter’s defeat from Bayern at home, plus Chelsea's defeat leading to their boss' dismissal


Two Italian sides had contrast results in the first game of Champions League this season. Il Partenopei shocked The Reds with their superb performance at their home turf. Napoli dismantled Jurgen Klopp’s men 4-1. Pietr Zielinski opened the scoring through his successful penalties followed by Andre Zambo Aguissa’s goal as he tapped the ball into the back of the net. One minute before the interval, their two new signings made the goal, Kvitcha Kvaratskhelia set up a goal for Giovanni Simeone who tucked away the ball into the empty net. One minute after the interval, Polish playmaker, Zielinski scored his brace before conceding by Luis Diaz two minutes later. Mo Salah and Co were frustrated to add their tally afterwards. It was a shameful loss for the UCL runner-up.


Meanwhile, Inter Milan were quite hapless while taking on Bayern. None of their players on the pitch was in-form except the goalie Andre Onana. His return to Champions League after his long absence due to the doping suspension was ruined by Bayern’s usual positive form. Leroy Sane bagged the opener after he rounded the Cameroonian goalkeeper while the second goal was an own goal from Danilo D’Ambrosio’s mistake in denying the cross from the right wing.


Napoli vs Liverpool 4-1

Goals: Piotr Zielinski (5,47), Andre Zambo-Agiussa (31), Giovanni Simeone (44); Luis Diaz (49)

Napoli: Alex Meret – Matheus Olivera (Mario Rui 74), Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Kim Min Jae, Amir Rrahmani – Andre Zambo Anguissa, Nemanja Lobotka, Piotr Zielinski (Eljif Elmas 66), Kvicha Kvaratskhelia (Alessio Zerbin 57), Matteo Politano (Hirving Lozano 58) – Victor Osimhen (Giovanni Simeone 41)

Liverpool: Alisson Brecker – Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez (Joel Matip 46), Trent Alex-Arnold, Andrew Robertson  –  Fabinho, James Milner (Thiago Alcanatara 62), Harvey Eliot (Arthur Melo 77)  –  Roberto Firmino (Darwin Nunez 62) Mo Salah (Diogo Jota 62), Luiz Diaz


On the previous day, PSG managed to thump Juventus 2-1 at home. Kylian Mbappe netted a brace but failed to complete his hattrick as he was not able to optimise two other decent chances. La Vecchia Signora scored a lifeline through Weston McKennie’s header but Gianluigi Donnarumma denied several attempts from the Italian side between the sticks afterwards.


The most devastating result probably was Chelsea’s unexpected loss from Dinamo Zagreb on the road. A single goal from Mislav Orsic on 13th minute was enough to put The Blues in embarrassment. What’s worse, the defeat also ended Thomas Tuchel’s spell in Stamford Bridge. The German boss was relieved from his post due to the series of disappointing results this season in the Premier League, including two devastating losses on the road against Leeds and Southampton despite the fairly high spending on two defenders, Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana. Chelsea is now looking for his replacement with two names as the frontrunner, Brighton boss Graham Potter and the former PSG manager, Mauricio Pocchettino.