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Barcelona followers lastly handled themselves to a contented night time in Montjuïc after the disagreements skilled with Madrid and Girona. The Champions League was very totally different from the League. The Blaugrana performed as if their lives relied on it and reached the quarter-finals with the willpower of an applicant somewhat than with the concern of a condemned man towards an overmatched Naples. The staff utilized itself with accountability and shallowness, as demanded by a day wherein the distinction between successful or dropping was abysmal, with the gamers and the coach very decided to proceed counting in Europe. The gamers have been as decisive because the coach as a result of Xavi knew learn how to begin and end the match after a very good model of Napoli appeared at halftime.



Ter Stegen, Pau Cubarsi, Cancelo, Koundé, Ronald Araújo, A. Christensen (Oriol Romeu, sixtieth minute), Gündogan, Fermin Lopez, Lamine Yamal, Raphinha (John Felix, eightieth minute) and Lewandowski



Alex Meret, Juan Jesus, Di Lorenzo, Mario Rui (63 minutes), Rrahmani, Hamed Junior Traore (78 minutes), Lobotka, Franck Zambo, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (92 minutes), Politano (Jesper Lindstrom, 63 minutes);

Goals 1-0 min. 14: Fermín López. 2-0 min. 16: Cancel. 2-1 min. 29: Rahmani. 3-1 min. 83: Lewandowski.

Referee Danny Makkelie

Yellow playing cards A. Christensen (min. 19), Lamine Yamal (min. 43), Juan Jesus (min. 47), Hamed Junior Traore (min. 63) and Mathías Olivera (min. 66)

Xavi appealed to collective braveness to face a really dangerous occasion and due to this fact he was not afraid when it got here to singing the lineup when he opted for people akin to Yamal, Fermín and the debutant Cubarsí. The coach selected the youth gamers and Raphinha's work capability somewhat than on the virtuosity of the discontinued João Félix or the management of Iñigo Martínez. It was mandatory to ensure a clear launch of the ball to compensate for the absence of artistic means – Pedri and De Jong – and save the stress from Naples, a staff that turns into disoriented each time it splits and has to retreat shortly in direction of Meret. The plan went very nicely initially as a result of Barça took a 2-0 lead.

Fermín made some extent as quickly as Napoli took a middle shot and Lamine saved going round Mário Rui. The match came about on the court docket of an Italian staff whose orientation relied on an overwhelmed Lobotka. The Blaugrana pressed the middle midfielder and pulled offside to isolate Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia. The greatest situation for a dynamic footballer like Fermín. He didn’t get the ball proper when he was enabled by Cubarsí and as a substitute he completed off a Raphinha cross in an unappealable approach. The Brazilian was additionally decisive within the 2-0 lead after slicing again and taking pictures towards the submit in an motion triggered by Yamal. Cancelo acquired the rejection to culminate a full quarter of an hour for Barça

The Blaugrana performed with vitality and focus, very vertical in transitions, agency in protection and aggressive in assault, quick on the wings with Raphinha and Yamal, each favored by Lewandowski's unchecking. Barça was deployed with the willpower of the staff that has to come back again from a sport and never handle a two-goal benefit achieved overwhelmingly in a fiery Montjuïc. Very direct and fierce within the face of Meret, the Blaugrana didn’t know learn how to relaxation with the ball, susceptible as quickly as they gave themselves a brief relaxation, sufficient time for Politano to beat Cancelo's again and filter the ball for the middle again Rrhamarni, who scored the two -1.

Ter Stegen averted a tie shortly after after a header from Di Lorenzo. The match was as valuable for the spectator because it was delicate for a Barcelona caught up within the rush and missing pause, attacked by the resurrected and undefeated Napoli of Calzona, pardoned by the Barcelona followers within the first leg performed on the Maradona stadium. Once the break was reached, the match turned very lengthy for Barcelona, ​​away from Meret because the 2-0 play. In the absence of means to regulate the sport, Barça was left with out ball or present, in tow of Naples. Xavi instantly refreshed the squad and crammed the hole with two dwelling midfielders: Sergi Roberto and Oriol Romeu.

The modifications helped Barça, who have been extra energetic and at all times devoted to Yamal, and so they ended up defeating Naples. The ball returned to the Naples space with the intervention of Sergi Roberto. The midfielder mixed very nicely with Gündogan and the rating was 3-1 when Lewandowski pushed the ball into the web. The media rallied to the striker's luck and the staff lastly broke free to the enjoyment of Montjuïc. Stunned, Napoli, wearing white, solely aspired to scale back the rating with a few pictures towards Stegen.

The plot and the result allowed Xavi to boast of his achievement after 4 years of loss and a earlier section wherein reprehensible defeats towards Shakthar and Antwerp have been conceded. The response was categorical when it was demanded by Porto and Naples. It was not the triumph of a survivor who additionally saved the membership's coffers, however somewhat that of a worthy European Cup quarterfinalist.

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