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Messi`s magic sent Barcelona to Lisbon after a difficult night for VAR


Messi`s magic sent Barcelona to Lisbon after a difficult night for VAR
9.08.2020

Barcelona`s hope that the season will be saved with a triumph in the Champions League remains alive, after the team of Kike Setien undisputedly beat Napoli 3:1 at the `Camp Nou` in a rematch of the 1/8 final phase of the competition. The first match ended 1:1, and today the Parthenopeans started boldly, but quickly found themselves lagging behind in the result. Clement Langle found in the 10th, and with this goal there were doubts about his violation. Then Lionel Messi took matters into his own hands. In the 23rd minute, the Argentine doubled, and shortly after scored a second goal, which was canceled due to a controversial game with the hand of La Pulga. At the end of the first half, Messi won a penalty, which Luis Suarez scored for 3-0. A few minutes later, Lorenzo Insigne also reduced after an 11-meter penalty kick. In the second half, the guests failed to reverse the development and so logically Barcelona reached the final eight of the Champions League, the matches of which will be held in Lisbon. In the quarterfinals, the Catalans will meet one of the big favorites for the award in the face of the German champion Bayern (Munich). The clash will take place on August 14 at the Estadio da Luz. Apart from the two controversial situations mentioned, the match will be remembered for the extremely long time it took Junette Chakar and the video assistants to make their decisions.

The hosts were without Arturo Vidal, who received a red card in the first match, and without Sergio Busquets, who missed the match due to accumulated yellow cards. Samuel Yumtiti was left out of the account due to injury. Ousmane Dembele was not ready either. Kike Setien, who was limited in his choice in the midfield, bet on 4-3-3. In the middle of the field were Serge Roberto, Ivan Rakitic and Frankie De Jong. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann led the attack of the hosts as expected. There were four changes compared to the match in Naples - Langle, Alba, Sergi and Suarez started as starters.


Gennaro Gattuso relied on the same scheme. Diego Deme was preferred to Lobotka in the midfield. Jose Cayejon, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne formed the familiar offensive trident. Calidou Coulibaly, who missed the first match, was in the center of defense along with Manolas, and this was the only change in the 11 of Napoli.

Only after 90 seconds of play the guests could find the result. Pique failed to react well after a cross from the left, the ball bounced in his knee, then reached Mertens. The latter immediately attempted a blow, after which the ball met the outside of the left beam. The Parthenopeans continued to attack very dangerously until the 10th minute, but scored after Barca`s first attack. Messi`s kick ricocheted and went into theRakitic cross, and Langle intercepted with his head for 1:0. In the fight for position, the central defender of the Catalans pushed Deme with his hands, who in turn collided with Coulibaly. The latter was on the ground. The guests claimed a violation, and not without reason, but after the intervention of VAR the goal was counted.


The goal gave confidence to `blaugranas` and only 13 minutes later the hosts doubled their lead. Messi received from the left and demonstrated exceptional enthusiasm and technique to fight for the ball with three defenders of Napoli

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