RB Salzburg hosted Napoli in Austria in the UEFA Champions League Matchday 3 in Group E. Dries Mertens, twice, and Lorenzo Insigne scored to the Italians, as youth talent Haaland scored both goals of the Austrian. With the 3-2 away win, Napoli, keep leading Group E in the UCL, with 7 points. Second-placed and Reigning Champions of Europe, Liverpool, keep seeking Napoli, as the Reds count on 6 points.
The first half of the match was very busy and just after 8 minutes, RB Salzburg found the back of the net. Eight minutes into the match, Haaland got the ball inside the area and fired home. However, the VAR was checked and the referee ruled out the Norwegian’s goal for offside.
Eight minutes later, Napoli opened the scoring in a fine shot from Mertens after Callejon’s assist. 0-1 Napoli.
Haaland continued to threaten Meret’s goal and on 24 minutes almost leveled. The striker received in front, dribbled past the defender, but kicked over the Napoli keeper. Anyway, at 39 minutes, Haaland left everything equal as he took a penalty and converted it. 1-1.
After the break, it was time for Mertens to shine once again for the visitors. He scored once again, and not only did Napoli retake the lead into the match, but he also surpassed legendary Diego Maradona in goals scored for Napoli. What an achievement for the Belgian!
At 64 minutes of the final stage, the Belgian striker received a cross from Malcuit and completed for the goal. It was his 116 goal with the Napoli shirt. However, At 72, Haaland received a cross inside the box and headed home past Meret, leaving everything the same. 2-2.
Also, we need to mention how good the young Haaland is. The Norwegian has already scored 6 goals in this UEFA Champions League and is the competition’s top scorer so far. He’s also the youngster player to have ever scored a UEFA Champions League hat trick, as he did so in the 1st Matchday, against Genk. He’s very dangerous inside the area, and I’ll bet he’ll soon move to a bigger club in Europe.
However, the Norwegian’s second goal did not prevent Napoli’s victory. Right after Haaland’s equalizer, Mertens crossed to Insigne, who scored the third of the Italians.
Despite the chances created by the Austrians at the end of the game, Carlo Ancelotti’s team came out with the victory. As a result, Napoli remains in the lead with seven points, while Salzburg is third with three.