Napoli vs Barcelona Champions League Match Result February 2024

Napoli vs Barcelona Champions League Match Result February 2024

Barcelona initiated their Champions League knockout journey with a commendable performance on the road, securing a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Napoli at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie. 

Despite being the superior team for most of the night, Barça took a one-goal lead through solid attacking play, only to be denied a victory by a defensive lapse. The tie remains open ahead of the second leg in three weeks.


Barça made a formidable start, dominating the Napoli half and showcasing effective ball movement. Lamine Yamal and Ilkay Gündogan posed early threats, with Pedri and Robert Lewandowski adding to the danger. 

Despite numerous attempts, Napoli's goalkeeper, Alex Meret, made crucial saves, leaving the first 30 minutes goalless. The hosts gained momentum towards the end of the half, but Marc-André ter Stegen was rarely tested, and Barça's defense held firm.

The first half concluded without a goal, leaving Barça content with their performance but aware of the need for clinical finishing in the upcoming 45 minutes.


Barça resumed the second half in control, pressuring Napoli and creating chances. At the hour mark, they secured a deserved goal – a splendid assist by Pedri and a precise finish by Lewandowski. Despite Barça's lead, Napoli showed little urgency and surprisingly equalized with a goal from Victor Osimhen, disrupting Barça's control.

The equalizer unsettled Barça, leading to difficulties in maintaining possession. Xavi Hernández introduced Raphinha and João Félix in search of a late winner, but Napoli's defense held firm. 

The match ended in a draw, leaving Barça with mixed feelings. While the result is not entirely satisfying, a draw away in the Champions League knockout stages is still a respectable outcome. The overall performance provides encouragement for the second leg.


  • Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Jesus, Olivera; Anguisa, Lobotka, Cajuste (Traorè 68’); Politano, Osimhen (Simeone 77’), Kvaratskhelia (Lindstrom 68’)
  • Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Iñigo, Cancelo; Christensen (Romeu 86’), De Jong; Yamal (Raphinha 80’), Gündogan, Pedri (Félix 86’); Lewandowski

Goal Scored

  • Lewandowski (60’) - Barcelona
  • Osimhen (75’) - Napoli

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