Barcelona 3-1 Napoli Player rating as Barca beat Napoli to reach UEFA Champions League quarter-finals

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The Polish International Robert Lewandowski scored a decisive goal late on as a nervous Barcelona cruised into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Napoli.

Robert Lewandowski’s 83rd-minute effort finally ended for the Italians at the Lluise Companys Olympic Stadium as Barcelona advanced 4-2 on aggregate.

Blaugrana raced ahead with goals in quick succession from Fermin Lopez and Joao Cancelo, but Napoli hit back through Amir Rrahmani and threatened to equalize before Robert Lewandowski had the last word.

Napoli Forward Victor Osimhen had the first chance in what proved to be an open game but failed to trouble Marc-Andre Ter Stegen before Fermin Lopez fired wide at the other end.

Fermin Lopez did just that, opening the scoring after 15 minutes following Barca’s stippling move.

Joao Cancelo was involved on the left before Raphinha got to the touchline and pulled the ball back temptingly in front of goal. Lewandowski cleverly left the ball to the onrushing Lopez, who powerfully headed wide.

Barcelona doubled their lead after just two minutes after Lamine Yamal controlled a high ball on the edge of his own box and launched a quick counter-attack.

He broke deep into Napoli territory and then released Raphinha, who cut inside onto his right foot and struck the post with a shot. When the ball rebounded, Cancelo was on hand to tuck it away.

The Catalan giants Barca appeared to be cruising, but Napoli warned they were not out of the contest as Osimhen tested Ter Stegen, although he was ruled offside.

The Italian side scored in the 30th minute when Matteo Politano pulled the ball back across the area and Rrahmani finished nicely with his left foot.

They then threatened to equalize before the break when Giovanni Di Lorenzo broke through, but Ter Stegen headed over.

Lewandowski scored Barca’s decisive third 7 minutes from time with a close-range finish after a neat interplay between Gundogan and Sergi Roberto.

Napoli weren’t quite done yet as substitute Mathias Olivera rattled the woodwork and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia sent a furious drive inches wide, but Barca had done enough.

Barcelona Player rating

 Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 6/10 

Jules Kounde – 8/10 

Ronald Araujo – 6/10 

Pau Cubarsi – 8/10 

LB: Joao Cancelo – 7/10

Andreas Christensen 

Ilkay Gundogan – 6/10 

Fermin Lopez – 8/10

Lamine Yamal – 8/10

Robert Lewandowski – 6/10 

Raphinha – 7/10 

SUB: Oriol Romeu (60′ for Christensen) – 6/10

SUB: Sergi Roberto (60′ for Fermin) – 7/10

SUB: Joao Felix (81′ for Raphinha) – N/A

Player of the match – Cubarsi (Barcelona)