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Ben Doak shines again as Liverpool beat Napoli

Liverpool got their UEFA Youth League campaign off to a great start with a 2-1 victory over Napoli with 16-year-old Ben Doak producing another stunning display.

The young Scotsman bagged a goal and grabbed an assist for Oakley Cannonier to cancel out Gennaro Iaccaino’s penalty and earn the Reds the three points.

Liverpool dominated the first half and almost took the lead after ten minutes when Dominic Corness stole the ball in the middle of the park and found Cannonier.

The 18-year-old produced a smart turn and laid the ball off for Trent Kone-Doherty who fired a low shot toward the bottom corner but saw his effort well saved.

The Reds took the lead 15 minutes later with a stunning individual goal from Doak. The winger exchanged passes with Melkamu Frauendorf before driving at Napoli beginning in his own half.

Doak ran at the heart of the defence breaking into the penalty area, sold two players with a dummy before drilling the ball into the bottom corner to cap a sensational solo run.

He was involved again when the Reds nearly grabbed a second on 35 minutes. The Scot combined with Isaac Mabaya down the right before Mabaya picked out Cannonier who then fired just wide.

Mabaya almost scored himself two minutes later, driving forward into the box and getting the benefit of a deflection allowing to get a shot away but he shot over the bar.

Napoli grew into the game in the second half and almost equalised in the 54th minute when Antonio Pesce was chipped through over the top but he was denied by Liverpool keeper Harvey Davies.

Two minutes later the Italians got their equaliser when Pesce got in behind the defence again and took the ball around Davies and was brought down by the scouser.

Iaccarino stepped up to take the resulting penalty and fired into the top left corner sending Davies the wrong way in the process.

Liverpool restored their lead ten minutes later when Doak collected the ball on the right before beating his man and drilling a low cross which was tapped in by Cannonier for his first goal of the season.

Napoli pushed for an equaliser and went closest in the 80th minute when substitute Lamine Gningue crossed into the box and found Dylan De Pasquale but his header was well saved by Davies.

Liverpool held on to claim all three points and manager Barry Lewtas will have been impressed by a lot of individual performances most notably that of Ben Doak whose incredible form continued.

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