đź’« Barcelona earn draw in Naples; Arsenal stunned at the death in Porto | OneFootball

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Adam Booker·21 February 2024

đź’« Barcelona earn draw in Naples; Arsenal stunned at the death in Porto

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The Champions League round of 16 ties continued Wednesday evening with two big clashes on the continent. Here is what went down in Naples and Porto.


Barcelona snatch draw in Italy

Scorers: Osimhen 75′ ; Lewandowski 60′


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Second half goals from Robert Lewnadowski and Victor Osimhen saw Napoli hold visitors Barcelona to a draw.

Barça controlled the ball from the opening whistle, as expected, probing the Napoli defence.

The first chance fell to Lamine Yamal on the right-hand side of the box, but the teenager sent his effort just high.

The visitors continued to pepper Alex Meret’s goal, but the Napoli keeper was heroic between the sticks to keep his side in the game.

Napoli struggled to find any footing in the game, troubling their visitors on very few occasions in the opening 20 minutes.

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

It was much of the same after the break, with both teams looking to pick the lock and find a high-quality scoring chance.

The deadlock was finally broken by Robert Lewandowski on the hour mark to silence the home crowd and snatch a vital goal for Barça in the tie.

The Barcelona lead would not last however, as Napoli talisman Victor Osimhen got in on the action with a goal of his own to pull the hosts level.


Porto stun Arsenal at the death

Scorers: Galeno 90+4′

A stoppage time goal saw Porto earn a stunning victory over Arsenal.

A bad giveaway forced Declan Rice into bad yellow card in the opening two minutes, but Arsenal controlled the possession after the early hiccup.

The Gunners found it difficult to find space to play between the Porto lines, and the hosts tried to hit on the break when they could win the ball back.

Porto fancied the best chance of the first 25 minutes when the ball fell to Galeno from point-blank range, but the attacker rang his shot off the crossbar.

Arsenal kept probing in the second half, but the visitors struggled to find a way past the experienced Porto rearguard.

While it looked like the first-leg clash would fizzle out, Galeno stepped up to fire a superb strike into the corner of the net in stoppage-time to give Porto a late advantage to take to the Emirates.