Xavi & FC Barcelona beats Napoli 3-1 and goes to the QF of the Champions League

FC Barcelona qualifies to the quarter finals of the Champions League.

By Emmanuel Mendez

FC Barcelona goes to the final eight of the Champions League.
FC Barcelona goes to the final eight of the Champions League.
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FC Barcelona defeated Napoli 3-1 at home in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16. Barcelona wins 4-2 on aggregate and reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2020. FC Barcelona took a two goal lead in the first half and then finished the game off late in the second half.

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FC Barcelona started intensifying against Napoli and creating chances from the first minutes. Fermin Lopez opened the score in the 15th minute. Raphinha made a great run on the left side and passed the ball in the box. Roberto Lewandowski lets the ball fall to Fermin Lopez, and the young Spanish midfielder slots the ball into the bottom corner.

Only two minutes later, FC Barcelona scored their second goal. On the counterattack, Lamine Yamal drives with the ball and sends a great ball to Raphinha. The Brazilian cuts inside and shoots with his right foot. The shot hits the far post, but the ball falls to Joao Cancelo, who takes a first-time shot that is drilled into the net. Barcelona were leading 3-1 on aggregate.

In the 30th minute, Napoli grabbed a goal back and got themselves back into the game. Matteo Politano passes the ball to Amir Rrahmani, who is wide open in the box. Rrahmani slots the ball into the bottom left corner past Ter Stegen and the aggregate score was 3-2 but still in favor of Barcelona.

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Lewandowski scores FC Barcelona's third goal to seal the win

Both teams created chances to score in the second half, and the game was tight. Napoli needed one goal to send the game to extra time, but in the 83rd minute, Barca got their third. Sergi Roberto, who came on in the 60th minute, created this brilliant play that led to Barcelona's third goal. Roberto drives with the ball and plays a one-two with Gundogan. Roberto is played in the box and quickly passes it to Lewandowski, who taps the ball into the net from close range to make it 3-1. It was a Barca-esque goal that sent them to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

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