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08.08.2020 Football News

UCL: Lionel Messi Magic Helps Barcelona Beat Napoli And Set Up Bayern Munich Quarter-Final

By Eurosports
Barcelona's French defender Clement Lenglet (C) celebrates with Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (R) and Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (R) after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match be

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Barcelona's French defender Clement Lenglet (C) celebrates with Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (R) and Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (R) after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match be Image credit: Getty Images

Barcelona will face Bayern Munich in a blockbuster Champions League quarter final after the Catalans claimed a 3-1 (4-2 on aggregate) victory over Napoli in a chaotic last 16-second leg at Camp Nou.

Quique Setien’s side, and the head coach himself, came into this match under pressure having conceded their Spanish Liga crown to Real Madrid just a few weeks ago, but Barca kept alive their hopes of European salvation with this result.

Napoli started strongly, but it was Barca who opened the scoring through a Clement Lenglet header after 10 minutes, with Lionel Messi doubling his side’s advantage with a trademark dribble and left-foot finish not long after.

Messi looked to have scored a second only for VAR to harshly chalk a goal off for handball. However, the Argentine won a penalty after some sloppy defending by Kalidou Koulibaly, giving Luis Suarez the chance to convert from the spot.

The Italians gave themselves a lifeline at the end of the first half, with Lorenzo Insigne stroking home from the spot after a foul by Ivan Rakitic, and threatened early on in the second half, but dug themselves too big a hole as Barca secured their passage into the final eight.

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