Barcelona beat Napoli 4-2 IN Europa League playoffs.


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Barcelona beat Napoli 4-2 in Europa League playoff and knock them out of the competition.

The 2nd leg took place in Naples,Italy at the home of Napoli.(Diego Armando Maradona Stadium)

Barcelona beat Napoli
Players celebrating after a goal from Pique.

Linups

Barcelona fielded a 4-3-3 lineup with Ferran, Aubameyang and Adama in the front and De Jong,Pedri and Busquets in the mid.

Pique and Araujo started in the defence with Alba and Dest as full backs.

Napoli on the other hand started with a balanced 4-2-3-1 formation.Osimhen played as a sole striker, with Insigne, Zeilenski and Elmas behind him.

Demme and Fabian Ruiz played in a double pivot. With De Lorenzo, Rehmani, Koulibaly and Rui in defence.

Match Report

Barcelona dominated the game with a complete performance and a showcase of their trade mark style tiki-taka.

For Barcelona, Alba scored in the 8th minute from an assist from Adama.

Barcelona beat Napoli
Celebration after Alba’s goal.

De Jong scored a beautiful goal from outside the box and made it 2-0 in the 13th minute.

Insigne converted a penalty for Napoli in the 29th minute.

But, in the end of 1st half, Piaue scored and Barcelona dominated the first half.

Though, Aubameyang missed a couple of chances but,overall performance was great.

Second half started and Barcelona handled Napoli’ pressure nicely and Aubameyang scored the 4th goal for Barca.

Politano scored another consolation goal for Napoli in the 87th minute.

Barcelona had 56% of the ball possession and had 6 shots on target, whereas Napoli had 3 shots.

Both teams showed that humanity rises above all the rivalries.

As both the teams fielded for a group photo in the light of the crisis going on between Russia and Ukraine.

Barcelona vs Napoli
Group photo in light of crisis

Conclusion

Now, Barcelona has arrived in the Europa League with a bang and are big contenders for the trophy.

Xavi’s side are playing their best football in a long time and are looking very solid as a team.

New, signings have integrated to the team very smoothly and are contributng the best.

Surely, this Barcelona is a new one and is looking to be destined for success.

As for Napoli their European Dream is over this season and now, they can focus on the league where they are in a good position.

Barcelona beat Napoli : Match Review.


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