Barça gives away lead to Napoli in CL, Arsenal down due to late beautiful goal | Football

Feb 21, 2024 at 10:58 PM Update: 4 days ago

FC Barcelona failed to provide themselves with an excellent starting position for the return in the eighth finals of the Champions League against Napoli on Wednesday: 1-1. FC Porto won in injury time against a powerless Arsenal: 1-0.

FC Barcelona had the upper hand in Stadio Diego Armando Maradona from the start. Robert Lewandowski, Ilkay Gündogan and Lamine Yamal created opportunities, but Napoli keeper Alex Meret kept his goal clean with some excellent saves.

After an hour of play, Lewandowski finally broke the ban. The Pole was put into position by Pedri and shot in the short corner. Fifteen minutes before the end, Victor Osimhen put Napoli on level terms. The striker easily got rid of Iñigo Martínez and outwitted goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen.

It was a memorable match for Yamal. At 16 years and 223 days, the attacker became the youngest player ever to play in the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Frenkie de Jong played the entire game for the Catalan club despite an early yellow card. The midfielder lashed out at the Spanish press at the press conference on Tuesday. According to the Dutch international, the stories that he wants to leave the club next summer are “fake news”.

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Summary: FC Barcelona loses lead against Napoli (1-1)

Not much of a spectacle at FC Porto-Arsenal

FC Porto and Arsenal did not make a spectacle of it in the Estádio do Dragão in the first half. The home team was closest to the opening goal, but Galeno hit the post. On the rebound, the Brazilian’s attempt went wide.

The match led by referee Serdar Gözübüyük seemed to be heading for a draw, but deep into injury time Galeno still made it 1-0. The attacker directed the ball with a beautiful long shot into the far corner.

Arsenal did not produce a single shot between the posts in Porto. The last time the London club failed to score a single goal was in January 2022 against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup (1-0 loss).

The returns FC Barcelona-Napoli and Arsenal-FC Porto are scheduled for March 12.

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Summary: Arsenal loses to FC Porto (1-0) due to a late beautiful goal

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