A fired-up Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 3-1 win at residence to Napoli on Saturday for a 4-2 combination victory which took the club into the Champions League quarter-finals for the 13th consecutive year wherever they encounter Bayern Munich.
The Catalans experienced a shaky start out but took the direct in the 10th minute with a strong header from a corner by Clement Lenglet just before Messi scored a wonderful next in the 23rd, viewing off four defenders to curl the ball into the significantly bottom corner.
Messi experienced the ball in the internet once more before long after pursuing a excellent crew transfer but the intention was harshly ruled out for handball by the Argentine following a VAR evaluate, while Messi later on won a penalty which Luis Suarez converted for Barca’s 3rd.
Napoli bought a single back when Lorenzo Insigne transformed a location kick at the finish of the 1st 50 percent and were the much better aspect just after the interval but Barca survived to set up a mouth-watering clash with Bayern in the Remaining 8 tournament in Lisbon following Friday.
“We acquired the end result we wanted. We’ve spent two months planning for the sport, realizing how tricky it would be and so it proved as they produced it rough for us in selected times,” said Suarez.
“We had been taken by shock at the start off but we scored very first. If they had scored it would have triggered uncertainty but we managed the video game effectively.”
Messi experienced sounded the alarm immediately after Barcelona’s rusty general performance in the 1-1 attract in the final-16 to start with leg back in February, saying they stood no possibility of profitable Europe’s prime prize, which has eluded them since 2015, unless of course they improved.
He would have been worried by Barca’s stuttering start which observed Napoli swarm all more than the household side’s location and Dries Mertens clip the crossbar in the second moment with a scuffed shot.
But Napoli’s slack defending allowed Lenglet to score with a free header which settled Barca nerves although Messi successfully killed the tie off with his goal and by profitable the penalty by chasing down Kalidou Koulibaly in the area and earning a foul.
On the other hand, the simple fact Napoli ended the video game so effectively, with Hirving Lozano hitting the put up and Arkadiusz Milik’s header dominated out for offside, extra to the perception that Barca will battle to beat Bayern, who thrashed Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate.