Ivan Rakitic’s second-half goal earned Barcelona a 2-1 win against Napoli on Wednesday as the Italians were made to pay for missing a string of chances at the Hard Rock Stadium.
Rakitic fired home from the edge of the box with 10 minutes remaining to give Barca the advantage in the inaugural La Liga-Serie A cup. A Samuel Umtiti own goal had earlier cancelled out Sergio Busquets’ opener. The two sides meet in the second leg in Ann Arbor on Saturday.
Napoli’s turn in the second 45 minutes, with Alex Meret keeping his side on level terms, having twice thwarted substitute Abel Ruiz within seven minutes of the restart.
akitic fired a thunderous low shot past Meret 11 minutes from the end.