Messi’s push led Barcelona to the quarterfinals


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Messi's push led Barcelona to the quarterfinals

The Argentine scored a goal through pure struggle and forced a penalty with his pressure so that Barça could beat Napoli 3-1. In Lisbon they will face Bayern Munich.

Barcelona it depends on him. And he, aware that he is the engine of his team, not only answers with all his talent on the court but also with temperament. This is how he acted this Saturday Lionel messi in a momentous appointment to lead the Blaugrana cast to the round of 16 of the UEFA champions league having been the protagonist of two of the goals in the 3-1 win over Napoli.

Once the shock caused by Dries Mertens’ shot to the post after 2 minutes of play had dissipated, and after having been able to tilt the court in their favor after the Italian dominance in the initial 10 minutes, Quique Setién’s men achieved that goal that them It gave relief: the center of Ivan Rakitic found Clément Lenglet and the defender punished with a header for the opening of the scoreboard at the Camp Nou.

The goal had an impact and the protagonism happened to be of the Culés. Or, rather, the Argentine 10. The quarter of an hour was fulfilled and, combative, the Rosario entered the rival area, fought for the ball and shot uncomfortably, although this did not prevent him from placing the ball in the corner of the right post of Colombian David Ospina. 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 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, Leo’s double was annulled, 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 (a strong kick that made sense), 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.

The second part showed the two teams with options, of course those of those led by Gennaro Gattuso porter greater fear, since a bit more put the locals in check. However, Arkadiusz Milik and Chucky Lozano’s entries did not work in order to achieve a discount that would put them within range of the classification.

Although it lacked solidity completely at the collective level, Barça achieved the objective and entered the phase of the eight best of the Champions League. Next Friday he will face Bayern Munich, the German champion who left Chelsea on the road without problems, in search of qualifying for the semifinals in this peculiar competition reformulated as a single match in Lisbon.

Photo: LLUIS GENE / AFP via Getty Images


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