All to play for! Napoli scores late to tie 1-1 against FC Barcelona in the UCL

Victor Osimhen saves Napoli with a goal and keeps them alive in this tie against FC Barcelona.

By Emmanuel Mendez

Lewandowski's opener gets canceled by Osimhen's equalizer as the game ends 1-1.
Lewandowski's opener gets canceled by Osimhen's equalizer as the game ends 1-1.
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Napoli and FC Barcelona drew 1-1 at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium. The 1st leg of the round of 16 game between these two teams was dominated by the Catalan team for most of the game, but one great moment of brilliance led to Napoli's equalizer. The 2nd leg of this tie will be played in March at Barca's Estadio Olimpico Lluis Companys.

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The first half was dominated by FC Barcelona, who had great chances to score but couldn't convert. Lamine Yamal took a low shot that Alex Meret stopped. Meret was busy in the first half as he also stooped a low-shot attempt in the box by Robert Lewandowski. Ilkay Gundogan took a long shot outside the box and almost scored, but Meret sent the ball away. Napoli struggled to create chances against Barca as the Catalan team kept trying.

In the second half, it was the same story of the game: Barca created chances and dominated the possession. Barca would get what they deserved as their goal arrived in the 60th minute. Pedri collected the ball near the Napoli box and passed a ball to Lewandowski in the box. The Polish striker controls the ball and pretends to aim at the right corner but instead drills a low shot into the bottom left corner.

Lewandowski scores FC Barcelona's first Champions League knockout stage goal in over 3 years. Lewandowski also scored his 93rd Champions League goal and has now scored in four consecutive games across all competitions.

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Victor Osimhen scores the equalizer for Napoli, and the 2nd leg is wide-open for either team

Napoli didn't take a shot on target all game until Victor Osimhen created space for himself to equalize. In the 75th minute, Anguissa passes a great ball to Osimhen, who is marked by Inigo Martinez. Osimhen uses his strength to turn Martinez in the box and slots the ball into the bottom left corner, sending Ter Stegen the wrong way.

The game is open for either team to advance to the next round which means all is to play for in the second leg of the tie, which will be played March 12th.

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