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Liverpool’s hectic December now includes a winner-takes-all match in the Champions League.The defending champions played out a 1-1 draw with Napoli at Anfield on Wednesday to leave both teams’ qualification hopes hanging in the balance going into the final round of group-stage games.Dejan Lovren headed home from a corner in the 65th minute to equalize after Liverpool fell behind to Dries Mertens’ goal in the 21st.Liverpool maintained its one-point lead over Napoli in Group E but both can now be caught by Salzburg Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys , which won 4-1 at Genk on Wednesday.Liverpool plays Salzburg away in their final group game they are separated by three points and the English club needs to avoid defeat or have a low-scoring loss by a one-goal margin to secure a top-two finish. Liverpool currently leads the head-to-head tiebreaker between the teams, having beaten Salzburg 4-3 at Anfield in October.“We’d have liked to have won tonight to finish the job off,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said.That’s partly because the Premier League leaders could have done without another significant fixture next month December is already full of them.Starting on Saturday, they must play six games in the league before the end of the year. In the middle of December, they are scheduled to play two games in two days on different continents the first against Aston Villa in the English League Cup (Dec. 17) and the second in the semifinals of the Club World Cup in Qatar (Dec. 18). They will also play a second match in that FIFA-organized competition three days later either the final or the third-place playoff.Napoli can advance from the group by beating already-eliminated Genk at home in their last group game.“In (the Napoli) dressing room, they feel like they are already through and maybe they are,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. “Everybody here thinks Cheap Manchester City Soccer Shirts , ‘Oh my God, it will be tough.’ And it will be tough, that much is clear.”Liverpool lacked any tempo in the first half, and wasn’t helped by an ankle injury to Fabinho that forced the defensive midfielder off the field in the 19th minute.“That’s massive,” Klopp said of the injury to the Brazil international. “It’s early and we all hope it’s not too serious but it’s pretty painful and in an area you don’t want to have pain, around the ankle.”Mertens scored soon after Fabinho went off, racing onto a long pass forward from Giovanni Di Lorenzo and drilling a low shot past goalkeeper Alisson Becker into the far corner.The goal was subject to a review by VAR Cheap Manchester United Soccer Jerseys , which checked for offside against Mertens and whether the Belgium forward fouled Virgil van Dijk early in the build-up, but it was allowed to stand.Van Dijk stayed down after colliding with Mertens in that incident, giving the Napoli player space to run through. After receiving treatment, Van Dijk continued.Liverpool dominated the second half and got its reward when James Milner drove in a corner from the right and Lovren rose highest to head the ball from a central position inside the far post.“We were not brilliant,” Klopp said. “We didn’t have the biggest chances, maybe one or two. For tonight it might not be enough but it’s still our situation.“When we go to Salzburg, if we had done it tonight we would try to win there. So it’s still our goal.” Italy and Spain both made easy work of low-ranked opposition on Tuesday as the two former European champions try to build some momentum after a disappointing year.Spain comfortably beat Malta 2-0 Cheap Paris Saint-Germain Soccer Jerseys , while Italy did even better with a 6-0 thrashing of 10-man Liechtenstein as both teams maintained a perfect record after two matches in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship.“Mission accomplished,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said. “It was important to score lots of goals. Our concentration levels were important. The result was never in doubt but we had to produce a good performance.”Italy is keen to restore confidence in the national side after the embarrassing failure to not reach last year’s World Cup. Spain likewise wants to use the European qualifying campaign to restore its status as one of the continent’s best teams after losing to a less talented Russia in the World Cup’s last 16.Tuesday’s games also included two event-filled 3-3 draws capped by late equalizers. Denmark fought back from 3-0 down against Switzerland while Norway gave up a 2-0 lead against Sweden and needed an equalizer deep into injury time just to salvage a point.SUPER QUAGLIARELLAVeteran forward Fabio Quagliarella became the oldest player to score for Italy as he converted two penalties for his first international goals in 8 ½ years.The 36-year-old Quagliarella had tears in his eyes after converting his first penalty and being given a standing ovation by the fans at the Stadio Tardini.“I will always remember this night,” Quagliarella said. “I don’t care about my age because I feel very good physically. I just focus on working hard and play with serenity.”Italy was 4-0 up at halftime after Quagliarella’s penalties and goals from Stefano Sensi and Marco Verratti. It also started the second half with a numerical advantage after Liechtenstein defender Daniel Kaufmann was sent off.Teenager Moise Kean netted his second goal in as many starts for Italy and 30-year-old debutant Leonardo Pavoletti capped a great night for the hosts.Italy moved into sole lead of Group J, two points ahead of Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina. They drew 2-2 after Greece fought back from two goals down in a match which saw Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic sent off.Armenia lost 2-0 to Finland and has zero points, along with Liechtenstein.MAGIC MORATAAlvaro Morata scored a goal in each half in a match which Spain dominated from the outset.The Atletico Madrid forward had not scored for his country since 2017.Luis Enrique was not with the squad because of personal problems, and assistant coach Robert Moreno was in charge during the game.“Winning here was crucial but we had extra motivation: we wanted to win for our coach — we hope things go as well as possible for him,” Morata said.Spain has two points more than Sweden Cheap Real Madrid Soccer Shirts , which drew at Norway after a dramatic finale.Norway led 2-0 but Sweden drew level four minutes from time and appeared to have completed a comeback when Robin Quaison netted in stoppage time for his third goal in two qualifiers.However, Ola Kamara headed in a corner six minutes into injury time.LATE COMEBACKDenmark stunned Switzerland with three late goals as it came back from 3-0 down in Basel.The visitor’s first goal came in the 84th minute.It was Denmark’s first match of the campaign and left it third in Group D, three points behind Switzerland and five below Ireland which beat Georgia 1-0 thanks to a free kick from Conor Hourihane for his first international goal.
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