February 17, 2022 at 3:26 PM EST
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February 17, 2022 at 2:51 PM EST
Full-time: Barcelona 1-1 Napoli
A game which looked like Napoli’s for taking was snatched by Barcelona and the visitors were lucky to come away with a draw.
Dubious penalty aside, Napoli will argue they deserved the win but the second leg is poised in their favor at the San Paulo next Thursday.
February 17, 2022 at 2:43 PM EST
Oh Torres …
Ferran looking like Fernando tonight …
Ferran Torres (1.47) 1-1 (0.86) Napoli
– John Muller (@johnspacemuller) February 17, 2022
February 17, 2022 at 2:38 PM EST
Torres misses yet ANOTHER chance!
90 + 2 ‘- de Jong cuts the ball back to Torres in the box to clinch the winner and his shot balloons high and wide again!
When it’s not a dead ball from 12 yards out, the former Manchester City forward just hasn’t looked convincing.
February 17, 2022 at 2:37 PM EST
Luuk de Jong overhead kick goes just wide!
90 ‘- Dembele threads a pass down the right wing to Dest who floats a cross into the box and time almost stood still as de Jong shaped an acrobatic effort just wide of the post.
Napoli goalkeeper Meret has just been booked for timewasting after delaying the resulting goal-kick, if you wanted to know how the visitors are coping with this pressure.
February 17, 2022 at 2:35 PM EST
BIG chance for Barca goes begging!
88 ‘- Dembele drives inside with the ball and commits a handful of Napoli defenders.
Eventually the ball falls to Torres but he can not find the target from close range.
Moments later, Dembele has the Napoli defenders on skates again and fires a low cross across the six-yard box but no-one can make contact.
Napoli are on the ropes here.
February 17, 2022 at 2:30 PM EST
More changes for Napoli
84 ‘- Full-backs Malcuit and Rui on for Elmas and Anguissa.
The visitors look like their planning a smash and grab …
February 17, 2022 at 2:28 PM EST
Changes for both sides
80 ‘- Off comes Osimhen and Zielinski for Dries Mertens and Diego Demme
For Barca, Dest replaces Mingueza.
Napoli desperately needing those fresh legs.
February 17, 2022 at 2:21 PM EST
Substitution for Napoli
73 ‘- Off comes Insigne for Ounas. Toronto-bound star was quiet tonight.
February 17, 2022 at 2:17 PM EST
Barcelona in the ascendancy now
71 ‘- Napoli haven’t looked as solid in defense or dangerous in attack after Barca’s equalizer.
Those substitutions seem to have won the midfield battle for the hosts and the visitors are struggling to keep the ball.
This is slowly turning into Barca’s game to lose.
February 17, 2022 at 2:11 PM EST
Three substitutions for Barca
65 ‘- On come Dembele, Busquets and Gavi for Nico, Adama and de Jong.
Slight boos in the crowd for Dembele whenever he touches the ball.
February 17, 2022 at 2:05 PM EST
GOAL! Torres equalizes for Barca! 1-1
59 ‘- Torres coolly dispatches the spot-kick after a tricky start to the game.
Penalty looked harsh on Jesus but Barca are level and now have the wind in their sails.
February 17, 2022 at 2:03 PM EST
PENALTY to Barca!
58 ‘- VAR awards Barca a way back into this game via a penalty after the ball was judged to brush Jesus’ arm from Adama’s cross.
Torres steps up …
February 17, 2022 at 1:59 PM EST
Barca’s final touch has been woeful
52 ‘- Again Barca are enjoying the lion share of possession but they still can not make it count on the scoreline.
Every attack they try and create looks so toilsome and whenever the ball is worked into the box, a Napoli defender is always on hand to clear.
If Barca continue to be this toothless, Napoli should be able to withstand their pressure.
February 17, 2022 at 1:51 PM EST
Second half underway!
Can Barca find a way back into this?
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February 17, 2022 at 1:51 PM EST
Napoli center-back Jesus at left-back against Adama
In an attempt to thwart Adama’s electric movement, Spalletti has tasked center-back Juan Jesus to play keep the winger quiet, with the help of Insigne.
Jesus has only played at left-back on four occasions this season with 13 appearances coming in the center of defense.
He hasn’t ventured forward as a left-back might and instead makes a back three with Koulibaly and Rrahmani when Di Lorenzo gets up the pitch.
Adama will look to test him for the remaining 45.
February 17, 2022 at 1:36 PM EST
Half-time: Barcelona 0-1 Napoli
Barcelona have had more of the ball and more shots but it’s Napoli who go into the break a goal up.
The hosts have become increasingly frustrated in their play, losing the ball cheaply and spurning presentable chances to score while Napoli have been efficient.
Adama seems the most dangerous Barca player but he has not seen as much of the ball as he might have liked.
Game is still there for Barca to win but Napoli will make them work for it.
February 17, 2022 at 1:21 PM EST
Napoli will be harder to break down now
33 ‘- Barcelona had the majority of the ball before Napoli’s goal and will have much more of it now they’re behind.
With the visitors already in front. they won’t commit too many bodies forward for counter-attacks which could frustrate Barca as they haven’t really been able to carve Napoli open as yet.
Koulibaly also defending like a man possessed isn’t helping Barca’s cause.
February 17, 2022 at 1:18 PM EST
GOAL! Napoli score! 0-1
29 ‘- Moments after Torres spoons a good chance over, Napoli score at the other end!
Elmas drives with the ball down the right wing, cuts back onto his left foot, plays a pass to Zielinski whose shot was saved by ter Stegen but the keeper could not keep out his rebound.
The visitors lead against the run of play!
February 17, 2022 at 1:12 PM EST
Chances for both sides!
22 ‘- Both teams settling into this game with Barcelona enjoying most of the ball but Napoli create their first chance on the break.
Zielinski slips Osimhen through down the left touchline but the striker’s finish was saved by ter Stegen.
Barcelona counter from the resulting corner with Adama, who you do not want to see sprinting towards your goal, tackled by Koulibaly and Aubameyang’s follow-up saved.
Linesman flagged for offside but Barcelona should’ve done better there.