Football: Messi helps Barca sink Napoli to reach Champions League last eight
BARCELONA (REUTERS) - A fired-up Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 3-1 win at home to Napoli on Saturday (Aug 8) for a 4-2 aggregate victory which took the club into the Champions League quarter-finals for the 13th consecutive season where they face Bayern Munich.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
The Catalans had a shaky start but took the lead in the 10th minute with a powerful header from a corner by Clement Lenglet before Messi scored a superb second in the 23rd, seeing off four defenders to curl the ball into the far bottom corner.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.
Napoli got one back when Lorenzo Insigne converted a spot kick at the end of the first half and were the better side after the interval but Barca survived to set up a mouth-watering clash with Bayern in the Final Eight tournament in Lisbon next Friday.
Messi had sounded the alarm after Barca's rusty performance in the 1-1 draw in the 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.He would have been worried by Barca's stuttering start which saw Napoli swarm all over the home side's area and Dries Mertens clip the crossbar in the second minute with a scuffed shot. headtopics.com
But Napoli's slack defending allowed Lenglet to score with a free header which settled Barca's nerves while Messi effectively killed the tie off with his goal and by winning the penalty by chasing down Kalidou Koulibaly in the area and earning a foul.Read more: The Straits Times »
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