The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. There had been rumours ahead of the game, particularly though Spanish national media outlets, that a defeat here could spell the end of manager Quique Setien’s reign. Subs: Allan (6), Politano (5), Milik (6). Unidad Editorial Información Deportiva, S.L.U. Unidad Editorial Información Deportiva, S.L.U. Barcelona had failed to register a shot on target when Busquets found the run of Semedo beyond Mario Rui down the right, and the full-back's cross was fired home first time by Griezmann. Given the time just for those stoppages, let alone the four goals, it’s also puzzling as to why only five minutes were added on at the end of the first half. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. • Luis Suárez has not played since the Super Cup defeat to Atlético, undergoing an operation on his knee which is expected to rule him out for four months. The wins against United and Arsenal are their sole successes in the last ten such contests, with six defeats. But having progressed past the Champions League round of 16 in each of the last 12 seasons, Barcelona will be confident of completing the job at the Nou Camp next month. • Napoli's January signing Matteo Politano came on a late substitute in both of Internazionale's group games against Barcelona in the autumn. A Fabián Ruiz strike gave them a 1-0 win at Inter in the first leg of the semi-finals on 12 February; the return is scheduled for 5 March. • Having reached the last six Copa del Rey finals and won four of them, Barcelona were eliminated from this season's competition at the quarter-final stage, going down 1-0 at Athletic Club on 6 February. • Ansu Fati's winner at Inter on Matchday 6 made him the youngest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history, aged 17 years 40 days. Napoli got 7 wins, 1 draws and 3 losses in the past 11 games, and the winning rate is 64%. So it’s off to Portugal for the rest of the Champions League. • Elseid Hysaj suffered a knee injury in the victory at Cagliari, although he was an unused substitute at Brescia on Friday. Gennaro Gattuso and Quique Setien took charge of their first Champions League games tonight - it is the first time in Champions League history that two managers are facing in the knockout stages in their first ever games in the competition. • Napoli came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Brescia on Friday evening; they have picked up ten points from losing positions in Serie A away games this season, compared to none at home. The Belgian forward has now scored 120 goals for Napoli and is only one behind the club's all-time top scorer Marek Hamšík. • Barcelona have been European champions on five occasions, most recently in 2015. A masterclass from Messi. At home they beat Inter (2-1) and Dortmund (3-1) and were held 0-0 by Slavia. • In 2018/19, Barcelona eased past Lyon in the last 16 (0-0 a, 5-1 h) and Manchester United in the quarter-finals (1-0 a, 3-0 h) before a 3-0 first-leg victory against Liverpool in the last four, only for the English club to turn the tables in stunning style at Anfield (0-4). Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso: "Barcelona struggled because we were very careful. • The victory in Milan means that Napoli defeated the top three in Serie A – Juventus, Lazio and Inter – between 21 January and 12 February. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? ", 86 - Sergio Busquets have attempted 86 passes in opposite half vs Napoli, more than any other single #UCL game away from home in his career, except vs Chelsea in April 2018 at Stamford Bridge (90). The defeat of Juventus is their only success in eight Serie A matches at the Stadio San Paolo (D2 L5). • Dries Mertens got the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Cagliari on 16 February. First, Napoli wanted the opener ruled out for a shove by Clement Lenglet before he headed in, then Barcelona were aggrieved that Messi's second was disallowed. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Messi had sounded the alarm after Barcelona’s rusty performance in the 1-1 draw in the last-16 first leg back in February, saying they stood no chance of winning Europe’s top prize, which has eluded them since 2015, unless they improved. They played very well and it was not easy, so a score draw is fine going into the second leg. UEFA Champions League First Knockout Round. Napoli made a strong start to the game, but didn't take their chances and against Barcelona's fire power and Messi in this form it was a job limiting the home side to … They reached the round of 16 in 2011/12 and 2016/17. Referee Felix Brych brandished only a yellow card, which will rule Spain's World Cup winner out of the second leg - but he would go on to play a vital role in the equaliser. Have your say on the game in the comments. • Gattuso's men also reached the Coppa Italia semi-finals by beating Serie B side Perugia 2-0 on 14 January and Lazio 1-0 in Rome the following week, Lorenzo Insigne scoring all three goals. Lionel Messi looks to run at the Napoli defence at the San Paolo, Dries Mertens' 30th-minute strike put Napoli ahead against Barcelona, Mertens was forced off in the second period - and it turned the contest, Griezmann connects first time with his finish to level for Barcelona on Tuesday, Sergio Busquets launches into Mertens to end his night with a late challenge, Ivan Rakitic responds to the first-half setback for Barcelona in Naples, We would like your feedback, please fill in our survey. • Last season's victory at Manchester United is Barcelona's sole success in eight away UEFA Champions League knockout games (D2 L5), since a 2-0 victory at Arsenal in the 2015/16 round of 16. Bayern’s lineup is more settled, more tactically assured and more physically impressive than Setien’s team is and it’s not a stretch to suggest that the winners of the tie may go all the way—and Barca will start as underdogs. Kalidou Koulibaly remained sidelined for Napoli meaning Nikola Maksimovic continued to deputise in defence. It would be a mistake to say this Barcelona win was all about Messi. Napoli Links and trivia• Kostas Manolas scored Roma's decisive third goal in that remarkable comeback victory against Barcelona in the 2017/18 quarter-finals. "We suffered tonight, tactically we were almost perfect, but we could have done better and been more clinical. Half of those came away from home, the Catalan club drawing 0-0 at Dortmund on Matchday 1 before 2-1 wins at Slavia Praha and Internazionale. Samuel Umtiti was preferred by Quique Setien to Clement Lenglet in Barcelona's back line while Arturo Vidal started in place of Ansu Fati. One looked an obvious one to give, the other looked anything but obvious, yet was still given. • Barça have won only six of their last 16 away matches in European competition (D6 L4). They picked up seven points in Naples, kicking off with a 2-0 defeat of holders Liverpool and qualifying with a 4-0 win against Genk on Matchday 6 having been held 1-1 by Salzburg. FC Barcelona got 4 wins, 0 draws and 1 losses in the past 5 games. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. • Lionel Messi scored four times in the defeat of Eibar, ending a run of four league games without a goal. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trademarks. "Our dream at the Nou Camp is to play further up the pitch. In 1984, after 38 goals in 58 games for the Spanish club, he joined Napoli, going on to win the 1989 UEFA Cup, two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup with the Partenopei. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Bayern Munich are next up for Barca and it will, without question, be a far greater test than this was. Barcelona beat Napoli on Saturday to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.. Quique Setien went with his experienced players in … Messi had the ball in the net again soon after following a superb team move but the goal was harshly ruled out for handball by the Argentine following a VAR review, although Messi later won a penalty which Luis Suarez converted for Barca’s third.
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