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Barcelona 3-1 Napoli (agg: 4-2): Messi leads Barça through

Barcelona have reached the quarter-finals for the 13th season running after a first-half blitz ended Napoli’s hopes.

<img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-464888″ src=”https://www.gistreel.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Screenshot-2020-08-08-at-22.15.13.jpg” alt=”” width=”863″ height=”484″ srcset=”https://www.gistreel.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Screenshot-2020-08-08-at-22.15.13.jpg 863w, https://www.gistreel.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Screenshot-2020-08-08-at-22.15.13-300×168.jpg 300w, https://www.gistreel.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Screenshot-2020-08-08-at-22.15.13-768×431.jpg 768w” sizes=”(max-width: 863px) 100vw, 863px” />Barcelona had an early scare – Dries Mertens hitting outside of post with the whistle for kick-off still ringing in the ears – but from the moment Clément Lenglet headed in the opener it was one-way traffic until just before the break. As Barça went through the gears, Napoli were stuck in reverse.

Lionel Messi somehow squeezed in a second after a sensational run, and had another chalked off before earning a penalty. As the No10 received treatment, Luis Suárez did a satisfactory impression of his team-mate from the spot as he found the top corner.

In a frantic end to the first half, Lorenzo Insigne struck back with a penalty of his own. Napoli gamely sought a comeback after the restart, with Hirving Lozano’s late header against the upright the closest they came. The damage had been done.


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