The Senegalese central defender climbs very high on the field but finally fouls Dest. It’s not the first time he’s gone off the rails in this game.
Barca calm things down
The Blaugranas are more patient when resuming this meeting, played at a very high pace in its first 45 minutes.
First change for Napoli
Tactical replacement for Spalletti: Politano replaces Demme.
It’s back to Naples!
The locals have two goals to make up for an eventual extension.
Barça logically leads 3-1 after a first act of completely crazy intensity! Unleashed, Xavi’s men made a perfect start with two goals in the first quarter of an hour before a goal from Pique in the final seconds. Insigne’s penalty preserves the suspense.
Barça regains a two-goal lead! Remaining in the area after a badly repelled corner, the Catalan central defender achieves a very good sequence of control from the right-recovery from the left which enters with the help of the post, 3-1!
They are trigger-happy
Already 11 shots since the start of the match, including 9 for Barça who have scored 3 times. The ball always travels from one surface to another very quickly.
Osimhen misses his gesture
Found with his back to goal in the middle of the area by a cross from Di Lorenzo, Osimhen stumbles on Araujo, who accompanies the ball out of goal.
Already the break is approaching
It’s a completely crazy and unbridled first period that will end in a few minutes. Barça continue to take advantage of the spaces, but are not immune to the loss of the ball either.
Worked at full speed
New acceleration of the Catalan right winger after a juggling of the head. Good return from the Neapolitan defense, finally, which temporarily brings out the ball. The spaces are pretty huge from kick-off.
Osimhen dives past Pique
The Neapolitan striker pushes his ball too much and goes to the ground in front of Pique’s tackle, which does not touch him. The referee remains unmoved, Barça raises quickly.
Torres still there
Very present in this first period, the young Spaniard is still marked on his left side. Served by Aubameyang in the area, his shot lacks power and ends up directly in Meret’s gloves.
Badge forgets its partners
At the end of yet another counter-attack, Insigne tries his luck in front of the opposing area and crosses too much from the right. Osimhen and Elmas were present at his side.
Torres misses the target
Already the seventh shot for Barca through Torres. His distant attempt ends up wide.
Huge double opportunity for Barça!
After an attempt by Torres in the area blocked in extremis by Rui, Aubameyang misses the target with a header, alone at the far post, on the following corner!
After the header, the Gabonese center-forward takes his chance from the right, on an attempt to roll up. It goes just to the right of the opposing goal.
And Barça leaves!
The Blaugranas immediately go on the attack with a new wave on the Italian goal. Aubameyang’s head is not straight enough.
Insigne converts his penalty and revives Naples! The Neapolitan captain chooses the left side, ter Stegen does not move! 2-1, what a game!
Penalty for Napoli!
Osimhen gets a penalty after a missed exit from ter Stegen! At the edge of the box on the left side, the German keeper mows down the Nigerian striker with his foot and kicks in a goal ball.
Barça close to 3-0!
With a powerful strike from Dest just to the left of the opposing goal and a distant attempt from Aubameyang which finished above, the Catalans still worried the apathetic Neapolitans.
Like their supporters, the Neapolitans are without response after this delicious goal from Barça. The visitors gain confidence and try to insist on a perfect start to the match.
DE JONG DOUBLES THE BET!
What a strike from Frenkie De Jong! The Dutch midfielder recovers the high ball and takes his chance 25 meters from the goal, not attacked. His subtle roll of the right leaves no chance for Meret, motionless and deceived in his right corner. Barca are already leading 2-0!
Napoli tries to react
Insigne’s cross from the left side is deep and can be recovered by the Barcelonians, so far in little danger.
Barça takes the lead on a backlash! After a corner from Insigne completely missed, de Jong deceives Traoré who progresses quickly in the axis before serving Alba on the right. The Catalan side wins his duel with Meret.
A boiling stadium
The 38,000 supporters present in Naples give voice since the kick-off, when the Azzurri get the first corner.
Napoli projects itself
First offensive for the locals. Di Lorenzo crosses on the ground from his right side towards Osimhen, but ter Stegen catches without problem.
Traoré in his works
Traoré overflows on his right side and brushes a cross into the box. Di Lorenzo clears with a header.
Torres already wanted
Di Lorenzo is vigilant and ahead of the young Spanish winger. The tension is palpable at the start of the match, with notable technical faults.
Let’s go between Naples and Barça!
The Blaugranas kick off this second round!
Imminent start of the game
The players returned to the locker room after their warm-up and are preparing to return to the lawn of the Diego Armando Maradona stadium.
A pre-match message against war
The two teams jointly announce that players will display a “stop war” banner before kick-off, as tensions between Russia and Ukraine have increased in recent hours.
The video summary of the first leg
Last week, the two teams separated with a draw (1-1). A penalty from Torres (59th) responded to Zielinski’s first goal (29th).
The counters are reset
With the removal of the away goal rule, only the result of this return match will count, after the draw in the first leg (1-1). The equation is simple: the winner of this duel will qualify for the round of 16, an extension will be played in the event of a draw.
Spalletti bets on continuity
Very little change also for Napoli compared to the first leg. In addition to the tenure of Rui in place of Jesus in the left lane of the defense, only Demme enters the eleven to replace Anguissa, injured. Napoli are also without Tuanzebe, Lobotka and Lozano.
Three changes at Barca
If the attacking trio remains the same as in the first leg, Xavi replaces Minguera and Garcia with Dest and Araujo. In midfield, Basquets takes the place of Nico. As a reminder, the Blaugranas travel without Fati, Depay, Lenglet, Umtiti, Roberto (injured) and Alves (not qualified).
The Neapolitan eleven
Meret – Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Mario Rui – Fabian Ruiz, Demme – Elmas, Zielinski, Insigne – Osimhen
Substitutes: Ospina, Idasiak, Jesus, Ghoulam, Zanoli, Mertens, Ounas, Petagna, Politano
The composition of Barça
Ter Stegen – Dest, Pique, Araujo, Alba – Busquets, F. De Jong, Pedri – Traore, Aubameyang, Torres
Substitutes: Puig, Dembélé, Braithwaite, Neto, L. De Jong, Mingueza, Garcia, Nico, Gavi, Tenas
Xavi defends Dembélé, “a great professional”
On the eve of Barça’s trip to Naples for the Europa League return play-off (on RMC Sport), Xavi defended Ousmane Dembélé, who was heavily whistled by the Barcelona public after his aborted departure in January. The Catalan coach insists: the French winger is a “great professional”.
Maradona’s son explains why he’s not invited
In an interview with AS, Diego Maradona Jr assures that he did not receive an invitation for the shock between Naples and Barça, this Thursday in the play-off return of the Europa League (9 p.m. on RMC Sport). A story of statues and jerseys to the glory of his father, who died in November 2020.
Naples will host FC Barcelona for a much-awaited clash in the Europa League return play-off. The two teams drew the first leg at Camp Nou (1-1). Everything will be played at the Diego Maradona stadium. Kick off at 9 p.m., live on RMC Sport 1 and live with us!