Barcelona Vs Napoli live commentary

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FULL TIME: Barcelona 3-1 Napoli (4-2 agg)

Di Lorenzo and Politano combine down the right but Barca is back defending to block.

Suarez got into the books for literally taking the mickey with his time-wasting on the substitution. Genuinely just stared at the ref as he walked very, very slowly, replaced by Junior Firpo.

5 minutes of stoppages added time.

Di Lorenzo shot charged down by Lenglet in the box s Barca can’t wait for this tie to end.

Napoli close again as Lozano’s header from Politano cross hit the woodwork.

Substitution: Griezmann off, Monchu on

GOAL DISALLOWED: Milik goal from a towering header won’t stand after being caught offside.

Substitution: Milik and Elmas on, Fabian Ruiz and Insigne off

Manolas appeals for a penalty as he goes down after being pulled down. Another deflected shot and another corner.

Another short corner that see Politano cross deflected for another Napoli corner.

Pique charged down Politano strike in the box.

Napoli continues the pressure on Barca by countering at speed. Insigne tries to send Lozano clear, but he hadn’t made the right run.

Lionel Messi connected with an awkward ball into the box but his hooked effort is of little trouble for David Ospina.

Napoli missed a chance to score after Insigne floats a cross and Lozano’s header was over from eight yards.

Substitution: Callejon and Zielinski off, Lozano and Politano on

Napoli continues to push but Mario Rui cross for Di Lorenzo is cut out by Lenglet.

Barca read Fabian’s through ball for Mertens, while Manolas error gives it back to Jordi Alba. Messi’s acrobatic volley at the back post is wayward.

Mertens makes a run through the middle, but the pass from Insigne was slightly over-hit. 

Dreadful Rakitic free kick straight out of play.

FIRST YELLOW CARD: Zielinski takes one for the team after pulling Messi back because he was clear on goal from that quick De Jong throw-in.

Napoli got another corner after Insigne skips past Lenglet in the box, and Pique came with the sliding tackle. Pique has been exceptional tonight.

Napoli got a good counter, but Fabian Ruiz had to turn because is one-footed and slows it all down.

Under pressure from Lenglet, Mertens loses his balance and the Belgian is pressing Ter Stegen right in the six-yard box.

Callejon cross finds the volley from Mertens at the back post which it ends up getting deflected on to Insigne’s head, but he can only flick it into the arms of Ter Stegen.

Barcelona defense blocks another Fabian Ruiz shot, resulting in another Napoli corner. Callejon’s corner is headed away by Pique again.

Free kick heads towards the direction of Koulibaly, but Pique stopped it for a Napoli corner.

2nd half kicks off: Barcelona 3-1 Napoli (4-2 agg)!

  • Lionel Messi has scored at least 1 goal vs 4 different Italian teams in the UCL: Juventus, Roma, AC Milan, and now Napoli. He netted at least 1 goal vs 35 different teams in UCL (40 teams faced).

Napoli makes half time substitution. Lobotka coming on for Demme.

  • Lorenzo Insigne is the first Italian player ever able to score at least one goal at Bernabeu vs Real Madrid and one goal at Camp Nou vs Barcelona in the UCL history.

HT: Barcelona 3-1 Napoli (4-2 agg)

The is a desperate Pique clearance on Callejon.

45+5. GOAL Lorenzo Insigne scores penalty.

PENALTY FOR NAPOLI: A similar situation sees Mertens getting there before Rakitic.

45. GOAL: Suarez stepped up and sends Ospina the wrong way.

Messi, who just got up is limping badly. He might be able to take the spot-kick.

Penalty for Barcelona after VAR review.

While VAR review is ongoing, both Messi and Koulibaly are hurt after that big old collision.

Is it a penalty? Koulibaly didn’t realize Messi was sneaking up behind him and wanted to kick the ball, but kicked the back of his ankle first by mistake.

We are now having cooling break.

Passes completed: 218 Barca, 217 Napoli.

Insigne whipped in free kick and Pique has to get the header to clear. It resulted in a Barca counter with De Jong, but Napoli manage to slow them down.

GOAL DISALLOWED: VAR ruled out goal for a handball by Messi. The captain is deemed to have handled the ball as he brought it under control.

30. GOAL: It’s Messi again. Suarez’s shot got parried by Ospina and it was floated to the back post for Messi, who chested down and dinked it over the goalkeeper. The ball was aided in part by some terrible Mario Rui defending.

Suarez’s shot flashes across the face of goal.

23. GOAL: Lionel Gathers outside the box, cuts between two defenders, gets a return ball, and then steers it perfectly into the far bottom corner while keeling over.

Lorenzo Insigne got a little chance as his volley went high over the goal after a free-kick into the box is only half-cleared.

Nelson Semedo, who made a driving run down the right side of the pitch, weaved his way past three Napoli players but had to turn back because he hasn’t got much support.

The visitors have been a bit quiet since falling behind.

Ivan Rakitic gets a chance at goal but he drills his shot wide from 25 yards out.

Rose above Napoli defenders to score the opener

10. GOAL: BARCELONA! Lenglet, who was seen shoving Fabian Ruiz to nod in the corner from Ivan Rakitic.

VAR ain’t touching that.

Koulibaly deflected Messi’s shot from outside for a corner.

Piotr Zielinski balloons horribly over the bar. Mertens was already offside anyway.

After Messi’s slalom got intercepted, Koulibaly clears it with a backheel flick in his own penalty area.

Mario Rui attempts to beat Ter Stegen off his line with a lob from midfield but it went off target.

Insigne’s deflected cross lands at the feet of Mertens, who scuffs the finish and it bounces off the near post.

KICK OFF!

Teams observe a minute’s silence before kick-off for the victims of COVID-19.

“They are used to winning and I know that when you get used to winning you always want to do it. We have to climb Everest.

“In recent months I have heard many jokes, like ‘Barcelona are not in shape’, but if you go and watch them there are some players who put on a show,” Napoli coach, Gennaro Gattuso says before kick-off.

Before today’s match, watch the first leg highlight below.

  • The last time Barca failed to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League was 2007 when they were knocked out by Liverpool. The holders went through on away goals after a 2-2 draw on aggregate.

Starting XI:

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, De Jong; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann

Barcelona bench: Neto, Inaki Pena, Junior Firpo, Ricard Puig, Fati, Ronald Araujo, Monchu, Mingueza, De La Fuente, Reis, Orellana,

Napoli: Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Fabian Ruiz, Demme, Zielinski; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne

Napoli bench: Meret, Karnezis, Allan, Llorente, Lozano, Elmas, Luperto, Maksimovic, Politano, Hysaj, Lobotka, Milik

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