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arcelona vs Napoli LIVE!
Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw by Napoli at the Nou Camp in the Europa League round of 32.
Piotr Zielinski put the visitors in front in the first-half, less than a minute after Ferran Torres had missed a huge chance to score for Barcelona, after being set up by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was making his first start for the Spanish side.
The hosts improved after the break and levelled through Torres from the penalty spot, after Adama Traore’s cross was deemed to have struck a hand following a VAR review.
Barcelona pushed for a winner late on, with Luuk de Jong going close with an acrobatic effort and Torres then missing another big chance as it finished level.
The second-leg takes place in Italy next week, and Napoli will be confident of progressing even though the away goals rule is no longer in place.
Follow all the action unfolded with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below…
Barcelona 1-1 Napoli
It finishes level at the Nou Camp, a result that suits Napoli just fine.
They have the edge going into the second leg next week in Italy. Barcelona dominant late on, but they couldn’t find a winner.
Ferran Torres with the equaliser from the spot but on the whole, a really poor night from him. Three or four big chances missed.
90+7 mins: Great header from De Jong, somehow diverts Gavi’s cross goalwards but can’t get any power on it.
Straight at the goalkeeper. Napoli down to 10 men, but they’re almost there now.
90+6 mins: Going to be a couple more minutes added on, Ruiz needing a fair bit of treatment with blood coming from his head.
That’s going to continue off the pitch. Still two minutes left, if the stoppage time is correct.
90+4 mins: Brilliant tackle from Di Lorenzo to stop Torres in the box. Alba stands up a ball to the back post, De Jong can’t get on the end of it.
There’s a nasty clash of heads behind him between Gavi and Ruiz. Crucial header form the Napoli man, he’s hurt himself in the process too.
90+2 mins: Six minutes added on.
A rare Napoli attack… Mertens sends his effort straight at Ter Stegen.
Here come Barcelona again, De Jong with a great cut back into the path of Torres. Over again! This is crazy.
90 mins: Dembele sits his man down, fires a low ball across the face of goal and it’s just about cleared away.
Napoli really hanging on now, Barcelona absolutely dominant.
Ball chipped into the box, De Jong with the overhead kick… just wide! What a great effort.
88 mins: BIG, BIG CHANCE!
Ferran Torres has once again fluffed his lines. Scored a penalty but he’s missed two huge chances aside from that.
Lovely move from Barcelona, Pedri with a wonderful flick through to Torres. Runs onto it, looks to curl it into the far corner but it’s miles over the bar.
86 mins: Aubameyang off after his first Barcelona start. Some bright moments but not a huge amount of service.
De Jong comes on – imagine the hosts will be slightly more direct now.
83 mins: More and more patient possession for the hosts but they can’t create anything in terms of clear-cut chances.
Napoli very much settling for what they have now.
81 mins: Anguissa down, looks like he might have to come off.
Mertens and Demme are on for Napoli, replacing Osimhen and Zielinski.
Dest introduced for Barcelona too, off comes Mingueza. Just over ten minutes for either side to find a winner.
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