FULL-TIME, Barcelona 3-1 Napoli: The second half was terrible from both teams and Barça parked the bus at home, but the job is done. We are going to Lisbon to face Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals.
88min: Napoli seem to have run out of ideas while Barça have parked the bus hoping for the final whistle.
80min: OFFSIDE! Milik scores for Napoli with his first touch but the goal is disallowed for an offside.
78min: Successive corners for Napoli who are really increasing the pressure now.
71min: Big chance for Napoli as Insigne plays a perfect cross and Lozano heads it over the bar with his first touch as a substitute.
68min: UPDATE: Game’s still ugly.
64min: So many misplaced passes and fouls right now. Game’s ugly.
60min: Barça looking to gain some control of the ball while Napoli continue to press.
53min: Napoli make a strong start to the second half with their pressing and Barça are making little mistakes at the back that could be costly.
50min: First chance for Napoli as Koulibaly heads a corner kick over the bar.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF, Barcelona 3-1 Napoli: And we’re underway! Let’s finish the job and go to Lisbon!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 3-1 Napoli: What an amazing first half from Barça that would have been absolutely perfect if not for Napoli’s late goal. But the Blaugrana played a great game with and without the ball and are very close to the quarterfinals.
GOAL, Barcelona 3-1 Napoli (Insigne 45’+5): Insigne steps up and scores for the Italians who still have hope at halftime.
45’+3min: PENALTY TO NAPOLI. Ivan Rakitic fouls Dries Mertens inside the box.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 3-0 Napoli (Suárez 45’+1): IT’S THREE! With Messi off the pitch it’s Luis Suárez who takes it and scores it!!!
44min: PENALTY TO BARCELONA!!! Cüneyt Çakir has a long look at the footage and makes the call!
43min: Messi seems fine, and VAR is still checking. The referee is going to the monitor...
40min: Barça have a legitimate call for a penalty here. Messi got in front of Koulibaly inside the box and was kicked really hard in the back of his ankle. Messi is in a lot of pain, and VAR is checking.
37min: Napoli have had the ball more in the last five minutes trying to score a goal before halftime, but Barça continue to defend well.
33min: DISALLOWED! After a lengthy VAR check, Messi’s goal is called off for a handball.
GOAL!!!! Barcelona 3-0 Napoli (Messi 31’): IT’S THREE!!!! After a brilliant save from Ospina to stop Suárez, De Jong finds Messi with a BRILLIANT cross and the captain chests it down and fires home the third!!!
29min: Dangerous moment for the Barça defense after a cross from Insigne is poorly cleared by Alba but Ter Stegen is there to claim it.
27min: Napoli have more possession and passes, but Barça are playing much better right now.
25min: Luis Suárez with his first shot on goal and it’s a dangerous curler that goes just wide. Barça dominating right now.
GOLAZO!!!!!! Barcelona 2-0 Napoli (Messi 23’): IT’S TWO FOR BARÇA!!! WHAT A GOAL FROM THE CAPTAIN!!! Messi runs through three Napoli defenders, stays up despite two different challenges and places a beauty into the bottom corner!!!
21min: Set piece for Napoli, the Barça defense makes a good first clearance then Insigne fires a volley into the sky.
16min: Barça’s midfield working extremely hard out of possession. De Jong is everywhere right now and the Blaugrana are passing well out of the back whenever Napoli press high.
14min: Barça now in control of possession and pressing high to recover it, and Rakitic fires a dangerous shot from distance that goes just wide.
GOAL!!!!! Barcelona 1-0 Napoli (Lenglet 10’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Rakitic with a perfect corner and Clément Lenglet heads the ball home!!! Napoli players want a foul by Lenglet but VAR confirms the goal!
9min: First chance for Barça as Jordi Alba finds Messi at the edge of the box, but the captain’s shot is deflected away for a corner.
8min: Brilliant long ball from Manolas to find Mertens, who controls it beautifully and passes it to Zielinski who fires over the bar. Good start by Napoli, Barça haven’t had the ball yet.
5min: Audacious attempt by Zielinski with a shot from midfield trying to catch Ter Stegen off guard but his shot goes over the bar.
2min: Big chance for Napoli! Lorenzo Insigne finds Dries Mertens all alone in the box after a mistake from Gerard Piqué and the Belgian hits the post.
1min: Interesting midfield configuration from Setién, with Ivan Rakitic in the middle, Sergi Roberto on the right and Frenkie De Jong on the left. Barça start the game by pressing very high up the pitch.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Napoli: Come on, boys! Let’s win this thing and book a place in the quarterfinals!
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, De Jong, Roberto; Messi, Suárez, Griezmann (4-3-3)
Bench: Neto (GK), Iñaki Peña (GK), Araujo, Mingueza, Monchu, Firpo, Reis, Jandro, Puig, Konrad, Ansu Fati
Starting XI: Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Mário Rui; Fabián, Demme, Zielinski; Callejón, Mertens, Insigne (4-3-3)
Bench: Meret (GK), Karnezis (GK), Luperto, Maksimovic, Hysaj, Allan, Lobotka, Elmas, Politano, Lozano, Milik, Llorente
WELCOME BACK TO THE GREATEST STADIUM ON EARTH!!! It’s been almost a month since the Camp Nou opened its doors for a Barcelona match, but we get a big one tonight as the Catalan giants welcome Napoli for the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 clash. Barça carry the away goals advantage after a 1-1 draw in the first leg almost six months ago, but Napoli are a very good team now and this should be a fantastic 90 minutes of European football. And you are welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!!!
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Competition/Round: 2019-20 UEFA Champions League, Round of 16, Second leg
First leg result: Napoli 1-1 Barcelona
Date/Time: Saturday, August 8, 2020, 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Sunday)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)
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