09 Aug Barcelona vs. Napoli – Football Match Report – August 8, 2020
A fired-up Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 3-1 win at dwelling to Napoli on Saturday for a 4-2 mixture victory which took the membership into the Champions League quarter-finals for the 13th consecutive season the place they face Bayern Munich.
The Catalans had a shaky begin however took the lead within the 10th minute with a strong header from a nook by Clement Lenglet earlier than Messi scored an outstanding second within the 23rd, seeing off 4 defenders to curve the ball into the far backside nook.
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Messi had the ball within the web once more quickly after following an outstanding team transfer however the aim was harshly dominated out for handball by the Argentine following a VAR overview, though Messi later received a penalty which Luis Suarez transformed for Barca’s third.
Napoli received one again when Lorenzo Insigne transformed a spot kick on the finish of the primary half and have been the higher aspect after the interval however Barca survived to arrange a mouth-watering conflict with Bayern within the Last Eight event in Lisbon subsequent Friday.
“We received the consequence we needed. We have spent two weeks making ready for the sport, understanding how troublesome it could be and so it proved as they made it powerful for us in sure moments,” stated Suarez.
“We have been taken without warning at first however we scored first. If they’d scored it could have induced uncertainty however we managed the sport effectively.”
Messi had sounded the alarm after Barca’s rusty efficiency within the 1-1 draw within the first leg again in February, saying they stood no probability of successful Europe’s prime prize, which has eluded them since 2015, until they improved.
He would have been anxious by Barca’s stuttering begin which noticed Napoli swarm everywhere in the dwelling aspect’s space and Dries Mertens clip the crossbar within the second minute with a scuffed shot.
However Napoli’s slack defending allowed Lenglet to attain with a free header which settled Barca’s nerves whereas Messi successfully killed the tie off along with his aim and by successful the penalty by chasing down Kalidou Koulibaly within the space and incomes a foul.
Nonetheless, the actual fact Napoli ended the sport so effectively, with Hirving Lozano hitting the publish and Arkadiusz Milik’s header dominated out for offside, added to the sense that Barca will battle to beat Bayern, who thrashed Chelsea 7-1 on mixture.