Hwang Hee-chan scores in Cham­pi­ons League de­but

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South Korean Hwang Heechan wasted no time mak­ing his mark in the top Eu­ro­pean club foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

In his UEFA Cham­pi­ons League de­but, Hwang scored one goal and set up two more for FC Salzburg, as they thrashed the Bel­gian side Genk 6-2 in Group E ac­tion at Sta­dion Salzburg in Salzburg on Tues­day (lo­cal time).

Hwang is just the third South Korean to score in the Cham­pi­ons League, af­ter Park Ji-sung and Son He­ung-min.

Salzburg, the Aus­trian cham­pi­ons, are play­ing in their first Cham­pi­ons League since 1994. They had fallen in the qual­i­fy­ing rounds in each of the last seven sea­sons.

With a 19-year-old striker Er­ling Braut Haa­land scor­ing a hat trick, Salzburg were on the win­ning end of the high­est-scor­ing Cham­pi­ons League match since Paris Saint-Ger­main beat Celtic 7-1 in 2017.

Salzburg are un­de­feated in their 19 home matches in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Hwang as­sisted on Haa­land’s sec­ond goal of the match in the 34th minute for a 2-0 lead, and two min­utes later, Hwang got his first Cham­pi­ons League goal for a 3-0 ad­van­tage for his side.

Hwang helped Haa­land com­plete the hat trick with a setup in the 45th and con­tin­ued to wreak havoc on the Genk de­fense in the sec­ond half of the rout.

Salzburg will take on the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Liver­pool at An­field on Oct. 2. Liver­pool suf­fered a shock 2-0 de­feat at the hands of Napoli to open their ti­tle de­fense Tues­day.

Also on Tues­day, South Korean mid­fielder Lee Kang-in made his Cham­pi­ons League de­but for Va­len­cia CF. At 18 years and seven months old, Lee be­came the youngest South Korean to ap­pear in a Cham­pi­ons League match, when he re­placed Ro­drigo in the 90th minute against Chelsea at Stam­ford Bridge. Ro­drigo scored the lone goal of the match as Va­len­cia pre­vailed 1-0 in Group H.

Lee had tried to leave Va­len­cia for an­other club over the sum­mer in search of more play­ing time, be­fore stay­ing put with the Span­ish side. Va­len­cia sacked head coach Marcelino Toral last week and re­placed him with Al­bert Ce­lades, who has played Lee in each of his first two matches so far. (Yon­hap)

Napoli beat Liver­pool 2-0

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Liver­pool opened its Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle de­fense with a 2-0 loss at Napoli on Tues­day — the lat­est chap­ter in what is be­com­ing an in­tense ri­valry be­tween the two at­tack-minded clubs af­ter also meet­ing in last sea­son’s group phase.

Dries Mertens con­verted a penalty eight min­utes from the end of an en­ter­tain­ing match af­ter a foul by Andy Robert­son on Jose Calle­jon.

Sub­sti­tute Fer­nando Llorente then sealed it in stop­page time — a mea­sure of re­venge af­ter play­ing on the Tot­ten­ham side that lost last sea­son’s fi­nal to Liver­pool.

Last sea­son, Napoli also beat Liver­pool 1-0 at home be­fore the English side won by the same score in Eng­land — deny­ing Napoli a place in the knock­out rounds.

Napoli and Salzburg, which routed Genk 6-2, took the early lead in Group E.

The at­mo­sphere in­side the newly ren­o­vated Sta­dio San Paolo was elec­tric from the start as both sides at­tacked re­lent­lessly from the open­ing whis­tle.

Napoli coun­tered Liver­pool’s es­tab­lished attacking trio of Mo­hamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sa­dio Mane with a lineup fea­tur­ing four for­wards: Lorenzo In­signe and Jose Calle­jon on the wings sur­round­ing Dries Mertens and Hirv­ing Lozano.

Salah was on full sprint from kick­off but couldn’t find a way past Napoli’s cen­ter back Kali­dou Koulibaly.

Liver­pool goal­keeper Adrian — in his Cham­pi­ons League de­but — de­nied Fabian Ruiz twice in one ac­tion be­fore Lozano headed the sec­ond re­bound into the net only to be whis­tled off­side.

As daz­zling as the of­fen­sive dis­play was, the de­fense was just as im­pres­sive.

Joel Matip lunged to head away a cross in­tended for Lozano that seemed a sure goal then Ruiz sprinted back at the other end to in­ter­cept what would have been a tap-in for Salah.

The fran­tic pace con­tin­ued, with Firmino head­ing just wide of the far post from a corner in the 44th.

Pos­ses­sion in the first half was split ex­actly 50-50.

The fire­works con­tin­ued im­me­di­ately af­ter the break when Adrian hung in the air to deny a vol­ley from Mertens with one hand at the far post.

There was a rare de­fen­sive mis­take when Kostas Manolas gifted the ball to Salah in a great po­si­tion but Napoli goal­keeper Alex Meret ex­tended to glove the Egypt in­ter­na­tional’s shot wide.

It was only in the last 15 min­utes that the pace slowed, with both teams vis­i­bly ex­hausted on a warm evening.

Then Napoli found the break­through af­ter Robert­son was ad­judged to have tripped Calle­jon in the area.

Adrian lunged to his left and got a hand on Mertens’ penalty but couldn’t stop it.

In the fi­nal min­utes, Napoli fans’ whis­tled so loud every time Liver­pool had pos­ses­sion it was deafen­ing, and it seemed to have an ef­fect when Vir­gil van Dijk gifted the ball to Llorente, who rolled it past Adrian with ease.

Va­len­cia de­feat Chelsea 1-0

LON­DON (AP) — Ro­drigo al­lowed Va­len­cia to shake off a week of up­heaval be­hind the scenes to clinch a 1-0 vic­tory at Chelsea in the Cham­pi­ons League on Tues­day.

The open­ing vic­tory in Group H came in only the sec­ond game in charge for Al­bert Ce­lades since re­plac­ing Marcelino Gar­cia Toral, who fell out with owner Pe­ter Lim.

“This was a very hard fought win,” Ce­lades said through a trans­la­tor. “The play­ers showed a lot of com­mit­ment to­ward not just us the coach­ing staff but also to the club and fans.”

The win­ning goal came from a player that Va­len­cia nearly sold to Atletico Madrid in the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow. Ro­drigo was left unchecked to race onto Daniel Parejo’s free kick and vol­ley into the net in the 74th minute at Stam­ford Bridge.

“I never felt alone, I al­ways felt the play­ers sup­port,” said Ce­lades, a for­mer de­fen­sive mid­fielder for Barcelona and Real Madrid. “We have to make sure the noise out­side doesn’t af­fect us and work on things that will help us win matches.”

Chelsea, mean­while, has to work on its de­fense.

Ro­drigo’s strike was the 14th goal Chelsea has con­ceded in the seven games in all com­pe­ti­tions since Frank Lam­pard took charge of the club he won the Cham­pi­ons League with as a player in 2012.

Chelsea fans were given a rea­son to cheer min­utes af­ter con­ced­ing, when a penalty was awarded af­ter a VAR re­view saw ref­eree Cuneyt Cakir go over to the pitch­side screen to ver­ify that Fikayo To­mori’s header hit the hand of Daniel Wass.

But it was not usual penalty taker Jorginho or Wil­lian who took the spot kick. Af­ter a con­ver­sa­tion with Wil­lian, Ross Barkley pointed to his chest be­fore go­ing up to the spot.

And those ear­lier cel­e­bra­tions were short-lived as Barkley’s kick clipped the cross­bar and flew over.

“I wanted to take it,” Wil­lian said. “But he was con­fi­dent to take it. It is foot­ball and he missed the penalty.”

Lam­pard sought to down­play any is­sues within the team over the penalty taker, say­ing Barkley as­sumed the role when he came off the bench.

“I don’t know what the con­ver­sa­tion was,” Lam­pard said, “but Jorginho and Wil­lian were penalty tak­ers un­til Ross came on the pitch.”

Chelsea had an early blow when mid­fielder Ma­son Mount limped off with an an­kle in­jury only 15 min­utes into his Cham­pi­ons League de­but, hav­ing ini­tially played on af­ter for­mer Ar­se­nal mid­fielder Fran­cis Co­quelin launched his left foot at the mid­fielder’s right shin.

“It was a shame,” Lam­pard said. “He’s been play­ing well and he started this game well.”

Reuters-Yon­hap

Salzburg’s Hwang Hee-chan is in ac­tion with KRC Genk’s Sebastien De­waest dur­ing the Cham­pi­ons League match in the Salzburg, Aus­tria.

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