Destiny means that the two giants met in 1/16 of the Europa League. The confrontation between FC Barcelona and Napoli could be the Champions League trophy. However, both teams found themselves in the second most important European competition.
Guests from Italy can be considered the quiet candidates for this competition. Catalonia’s pride has had its biggest problems in years, and its team is finding it harder and harder to deal with its final glory days.
However, the beginning of the meeting is the predominance of the hosts. In the 15th minute, Nico Gonzalez hit the ball inside the penalty area and shot from an acute angle. Alex Merritt matched that corner kick. Barcelona made the advantage, and the Napoli defenders’ mistakes almost did not end in creating a dangerous situation under their goal.
In the 22nd minute, the guests created the first position. Piotr Zieliński sent in an excellent pass from Victor Osimhen, who assisted one of the defenders with a dash towards goal. His stinging shot ended up sharply angled.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did not take advantage of a good opportunity against Napoli. In the 28th minute, Ferran Torres failed to make a superb pass to the Gabon player. Something amazing happened in the second goal. Zieliński boldly entered the sixteen, hit with one foot and was banned. However, he broke the bar and his team took the lead. Thus, he joined the small group of Poles who made their way to the Camp Nou.
Barcelona played slowly. In the 52nd minute, Nico Gonzalez sent a rather low shot on Merritt’s goal. Five minutes later, the players stood on the field dead when the referee interrupted the match to check that the VAR was restarting from a procedure that had not previously attracted the attention of many observers. And it was about Adam Traore’s cross, which was banned, as it turned out with his own hand by Juan Jesus. Ferran Torres substituted the goal.
The goal he scored pushed Barcelona. Traore quickly rushed another job, but this time there was no end. In the 63rd minute, Aubameyang was charged, but he made a mistake and the ball flew over the crossbar. In the 72nd minute, Zieliński received treatment on the field, but was able to return to the match after a while.
In the last quarter of an hour, it looked as if the two teams had let go of their power. We no longer have high-speed attacks and actions. But Barcelona kept the visual advantage and wanted to win this match. In the 87th minute, Ferran Torres should have finished with a lace goal, but he missed the goal when he should have hit the crossbar.
In an instant, Luke De Jong might have flipped over, but he was a bit wrong. Barcelona increased the speed, but it was too late. The fate of the tie will be decided in the rematch in Naples, which will take place on February 24.
Barcelona – SSC Napoli 1:1 (0:1)
Objectives: Ferran Torres (59 penalties) – Piotr Zelensky (29)
yellow cards: Anguissa
F.C.B: ter Stegen – Mingueza (81st Dest), Piqué, García, J. Alba – González (65. Gavi), F. de Jong (64. S. Busquets), Pedri – Traore (65. O. Dembèlé), Aubameyang (86. . . de Jong), F Torres
SSC Naples: Merit – de Lorenzo, Coulibaly, Rahmani, Juan Jesus – Ruiz, Anguise (85 Melcuite) – Elmas (84 rui), P. Zielinsky (81 démé), El Insigne (72 Ounas) – Osimene
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