Napoli vs Barcelona Player rating as Barcelona earn draw in Naples

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Second-half goals from Roberto Lewnadowski and Victor Osimhene held Napoli to a draw against Barcelona.

As expected, Barça controlled the ball and probed Napoli’s defense from the opening whistle.

Lamine Yamal had the first chance on the right side of the box, but the teenager sent his effort high.

The visitors continued to harass Alex Meret’s goal but the Napoli keeper heroically kept his side in the game between the posts.

Napoli struggled to find a foothold in the game and rarely troubled their visitors in the opening 20 minutes.

The home side grew into the game towards the back half of the opening half but both sides struggled to carve out any meaningful opportunities.

It was the same after the break, when both teams tried to find a groove and find a quality chance to score.

The deadlock was finally broken by Robert Lewandowski on the hour when he silenced the home crowd and grabbed a vital goal for Barca in the tie.

However, Barcelona’s lead did not last as Napoli talisman Victor Osimhen entered the action with an own goal to pull the home team back.

Barcelona Player rating

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (6/10): Could do nothing about Osimhen’s goal. Untroubled otherwise.

Jules Kounde (6/10): Given the unenviable task of dealing with Kvaratskhelia. Held his own, for the most part.

Ronald Araujo (7/10): Up for the fight against Osimhen. Won his duels, put in a few important tackles, and was mostly fairly calm.

Inigo Martinez (4/10): Made a mess of things on Osimhen’s equaliser – playing the forward onside before getting bundled over.

Joao Cancelo (5/10): Completed the most dribbles in the match, but wasn’t particularly effective when it mattered. Created just one chance in an attacking sense.

Andreas Christensen (6/10): An agreeable showing at the base of midfield. Proves that he’s now favoured there over Romeu.

Frenkie de Jong (5/10): Not afforded much space when he had the ball, which rather limited Barcelona’s attacking options. Got caught in a bit of a midfield scrap, and was lucky to avoid a second yellow.

Ilkay Gundogan (6/10): Quality in central areas early on, and was Barca’s most apparent attacking threat for long stretches. Forced a big save out of Meret in the first half. His influence waned after the break, though.

Pedri (7/10): Slick and solid in possession. Provided a lovely ball to set up Lewandowski’s opener – the moment of class Barca coveted. Needs to do more of that.

Lamine Yamal (7/10): Once again Barca’s brightest player, full of energy and creativity on the wing. Looked tired as the game wore on.

Robert Lewandowski (8/10): Performance was questionable, but he took his opener in vintage fashion. Has now scored 93 Champions League goals, and five in his last four in all competitions.

Subs

Raphinha (N/A): Late legs for the tired Yamal.

Joao Felix (N/A): No time to make an impact

Oriol Romeu (N/A): No time to make an impact

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