Barcelona dug out from a deficit to gain a 1-1 draw with Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday as Antoine Griezmann got an imperative away objective in the round-of-16 first leg.
On a troublesome night for Barca, Napoli started to lead the pack on the half-hour mark when Dries Mertens twisted a magnificent exertion past Marc-Andre ter Stegen from fresh.
The completion saw the Belgium global become the joint-most noteworthy scorer in Napoli history with 121 objectives – level with Marek Hamsik.
The host group baffled Barca for a significant part of the primary half, yet the guests leveled on 57 minutes when Nelson Semedo crossed for Griezmann to complete an all around worked move in clinical style.
What had been a feisty illicit relationship finished with Barca’s Arturo Vidal accepting two yellow cards on the double to be expelled and partner Gerard Pique being subbed subsequent to continuing a lower leg injury.
Arouse’s potenial nonattendance could be particularly critical with Sunday’s La Liga Clasico against Real Madrid approaching.
“We’ll see what issue he has, at that point we can affirm on the off chance that he’ll be accessible [against Real Madrid],” said Barcelona mentor Quique Setien.
Because of his sending-off for fouling Mario Rui and afterward butting heads with the protector, Chile universal Vidal will miss the second leg against Napoli at the Camp Nou, as will individual Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets, who was additionally reserved.
On Vidal’s sending off, he included: “I didn’t see definitely what occurred, yet maybe the official was somewhat brutal.
A yellow card for the foul is a certain something, yet the second is excessively. There are snapshots of pressure that players who experience the game with his personality can have.
Napoli goalscorer Mertens’ essence in the subsequent leg is additionally being referred to after the forward limped off in the subsequent half.
Lionel Messi was showing up in the Champions League, taking him joint-fifth on the rundown for most games played in the challenge, close by Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs.
The game – which was the different sides’ first gathering – likewise denoted the principal Champions League knockout installation in which neither one of the managers had recently instructed in the challenge.
Napoli mentor Gennaro Gattuso was left baffled at the outcome after his very much bored barrier to a great extent smothered a calm Messi and co.
I think they scarcely touched us this evening, they barely had a solitary shot on objective, he revealed to Sky Sport Italia.
They could’ve been there the entire night and not scored, yet we surrendered after one single blunder. They didn’t hurt us, it scarcely tickled.