Technology had annulled Barcelona’s third goal, but then awarded a penalty to the Argentine 10 for an infraction by Koulibaly: the Uruguayan was the author of 3-0. Lorenzo Insigne discounted before the break.
Napoli understands the need that urges him and that is why he went full blast at the Camp Nou, in search of a goal that would give him peace of mind after the 1-1 at home against Barcelona back in March.
The first to seriously warn the Blaugrana team was Dries Mertens, who received in the area after 2 minutes against a passive local defense and his left foot shook Marc-André ter Stegen’s post.
Gennaro Gattuso’s men came out determined on the Catalan turf and were dominant in the initial moments, in their intention to strike and advance to the round of the eight best of the Champions League to be played in Lisbon.
However, Clement Lenglet He appeared with a header after a shipment to the area and surpassed the Colombian David Ospina, to overtake those of Quique Setién on the aggregate and they can take the game with greater calm. The action appeared to show a push from the French, although the VAR revision did not change the result.
At the quarter of an hour, a play that showed a combative Lionel Messi entering the rival area ended with a striking left-handed shot from 10, which placed the ball in the corner of Ospina’s right post. A goal that stood out for its fight.
At 30 ‘, Luis Suárez forced the response of the coffee goalkeeper and, after the rebound, Ivan Rakitic sent a cross, which found Leo Messi: he apparently lowered it with his chest and defined with class before the goalkeeper’s departure. But the VAR had the last word and, after the review, the double of the Rosario was annulled when considering that the ball touched his arm.
At 41 ‘. Messi had his revenge with technology after running from behind to Kalidou Koulibaly and forcing the infraction, which led to a long analysis of the action and ended in the penalty. Luis Suárez took over and signed the partial 3-0.
In any case, Barça could not go blank at halftime, since another maximum penalty, this time in the local area committed by the Croatian Rakitic, culminated with Lorenzo Insigne’s goal from the 12 steps.
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