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suarapakar.com – Napoli had to settle for ending their career on the Europa League stage after being defeated by Barcelona with a score of 2-4 in the second leg of the round of 16, on Friday (02/25/2022 ) WIB.
Competing at their own venue, the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona, Napoli appeared confident armed with a 1-1 draw in the first leg against Barcelona.
However, this did not scare the visitors, in fact, Barcelona managed to take the lead through a quick goal scored by Jordi Alba in the 8th minute.
5 minutes later, Barça were able to double their lead to 0-2 thanks to Frenkie De Jong. Alex Meret couldn’t stop the Dutchman’s curling kick.
Behind 2 goals, Napoli reacted to catch up. Luciano Spalletti’s foster children had time to reduce the margin of difference to 1-2 in the 23rd minute.
From an infringement of Victor Osimhen committed by Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Napoli received a penalty. Lorenzo Insigne, who was appointed executioner, did his job well.
The goal then aroused the spirit of the City of Naples team to tie. But instead of adding goals, Napoli conceded again at the end of the first half through a goal from Gerard Piqué. The score of 1-3 closed the half of the game.
In the second half, Napoli still wanted to catch up with the visitors. However, as in the first half, Barcelona moved away.
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Because in the 59th minute, former Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang put his team ahead 4-1 after completing an assist from Adama Traore quite well.
Lagging behind by 3 goals, Napoli did not give up in their efforts to reply to Barcelona’s goals. The result, in the 87th minute Matteo Politano managed to reduce the difference to 2-4.
It was the last goal of the match. Barcelona is also entitled to advance to the next round by taking a 3-5 aggregate victory. Meanwhile, for Napoli themselves, this result forced them to stop and follow another Italian team, Lazio, who had been eliminated by FC Porto.
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Full time | Real Betis Zenit 0-0 Saint Petersburg (Real Betis lolos Added 3-2)
Full time | SC Braga 2-0 FC Sheriff (match is still in extra time)