NAPLES – Champions League, first knockout round first legs. Napoli-Barcelona 1-1, goals: Dries Mertens at 29 'and Antoine Griezmann at 56' .
A practically perfect performance at Napoli was not enough to beat Barcelona. The blaugrana have shot only once in the mirror of the goal of Napoli scoring. Messi, who was the most anticipated protagonist in the stadium that made Maradona immortal, was practically canceled by Manolas and Maksimovic.
In the first half, Napoli took the lead thanks to a network of Mertens film archives. The Belgian forward, who hooked Hamsik at 121 goals, scored with a great right-footed shot after a cross from Zielinski's right. In the second half, Napoli made a single, unforgivable mistake, which allowed Barcelona to balance the scores and score a very important away goal.
On the verticalization of Busquets, the defensive line of Napoli has risen badly. Semedo crossed in the middle and Griezmann easily scored from two steps. Napoli was able to react to the goal conceded and continued to attack dangerously.
Callejon ate a sensational goal in front of Ter Stegen and Insigne was unable to frame the door from a good position. In a fiery final game, Vidal was sent off after a few sparks in the middle of the field with Mario Rui (who was only warned).
This result is favorable to Barcelona, Napoli will need an enterprise in the return match. The bells will pass the round with a win or a draw from 2 to 2 onwards.
Champions League, Napoli-Barcelona 1-1: Griezmann replied to Mertens.
San Paolo packed in every place order for the big Champions League match between Napoli and Barcelona. Many fans from Campania went to the stadium with the anti-Coronavirus mask ( here the photos ).
Napoli challenged Barcelona with Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Maksimovic, Mario Rui; Demme; Callejon, Fabian Ruiz, Zielinski, Insigne and Mertens.
Setien replied to Gattuso with Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piquè, Umitit, Firpo; Rakitic, Busquets, De Jong; Vidal; Messi and Griezmann. The tender was arbitrated by Brych (Germany).
The first scoring opportunity was created by Napoli with Mertens. At 10 ', the Belgian striker freed himself in dribbling Umtiti and started a right which was parried centrally by Ter Stegen. At 18 ', Callejon's cross shot from the right was deflected by Umtiti turning into a goal conclusion, Ter Stegen was good at blocking the ball on the ground.
Naples ahead at 29 '. Zielinski crosses from the right, Mertens stops and a shot that leaves no way out for Ter Stegen. Thanks to this network, Mertens has risen to 121 goals with the Napoli shirt, has reached Hamsik at the top of the all-time scorers of the Neapolitan club ( here the ranking ).
At 42 ', Manolas close to doubling with a great offensive insertion on a cross by Mertens from the right. His shot came out by a whisker to Ter Stegen beaten. The first half ended on the result of one to zero for Napoli, zero shots on goal for Messi and his companions.
At 49 ', Busquets was booked after a bad foul against Mertens. The Napoli players protested for a long time asking for red. Mertens tried to stay on the field but eventually came out due to injury in the 54th minute. In his place Arek Milik has entered the field.
Draw of Barcelona at 56 '. Busquets passes through Semedo, cross from outside Barcelona's right and Griezmann's goal. Nothing to do for Ospina. Mario Rui missed the offside “trap” by going up late.
At 62 ', Milik put Callejon in the goal with a great assist, the Spaniard was too slow in kicking and finally shot Ter Stegen's body devouring a comfortable scoring opportunity. At 90, Vidal was expelled after sparks in the middle of the field with Mario Rui. The Napoli player has instead been booked. It's over, 1 to 1 at San Paolo between Naples and Barcelona.
Source: Blitz Quotidiano