Tuesday, April 23, 2024

UCL: Osimhen on target as Napoli hold Barcelona in round of 16 first leg

Napoli struggled to make an impact in the first 45 minutes, failing to register a shot.

• February 21, 2024
Napoli vs Barcelona
Napoli vs Barcelona [Photo: FC Barca]

Victor Osimhen scored as SSC Napoli secured a 1-1 draw against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, leaving the fate of the tie hanging in the balance.

Despite the stalemate, Napoli continue their winless streak of five matches against the Catalan side.

The clash featured the reigning Italian champions against the reigning Spanish champions, with Napoli seeing their third manager of the season in Francesco Calzona, who took charge after Walter Mazzarri’s recent dismissal.

Barcelona started the encounter with a high press, creating numerous early chances, particularly through Lamine Yamal, whose shots tested Napoli’s goalkeeper, Alex Meret. 

Lewandowski also came close for Barca in the first half but was thwarted by Meret’s feet after a dynamic run by Joao Cancelo.

Napoli struggled to make an impact in the first 45 minutes, failing to register a shot. The Partenopei showed improvement at the start of the second half, with Matteo Politano’s early header going off target.

However, Barcelona regained control and broke the deadlock in the 60th minute when Pedri found Lewandowski, who displayed composure to score. Napoli’s response came in the 75th minute, as Victor Osimhen, starved of service until then, levelled the score with a smart finish past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Osimhen’s goal injected life into Napoli and their fans at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium. Despite the late surge, neither team could secure a winning goal, leaving Calzona content to still be in the tie after being outplayed for a significant portion.

On the opposing side, Xavi expressed frustration at Barcelona’s lack of a killer instinct, acknowledging the need for improvement to secure an appearance in this season’s Champions League quarter-finals.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State


Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”



Taliban court orders public whipping of two men accused of robbery 

The Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan has seen the reintroduction of public punishments, including execution and flogging, for various crimes.

Emeka Ihedioha


Ex-Imo governor Emeka Ihedioha dumps PDP, says party no longer ‘credible opposition to APC’

Former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, resigned his membership in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday.

Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria


UK sending refugees to Rwanda cruel, costly: International Rescue Committee

Sending refugees to Rwanda, or anywhere else, will never be an effective solution, warns the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Federal Ministry of Finance


5,000 debtors owe Nigerian government N5.2 trillion: Finance Ministry

The federal government said the debts were revealed in data aggregated from over 5,000 debtors across more than 93 MDAs.


Iraq rules out missile strike in explosion at military base

A statement by the Security Media Cell, a media outlet affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, explained that the explosion was from an ammunition and missile depot.



WHO Global Malaria Programme launches new operational strategy

Progress towards critical targets of the WHO Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030 has stalled, particularly in countries with a high burden of the disease