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Griezmann’s goal saved Barcelona from defeat from Napoli

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Antoine Griezmann’s second Champions League goal for Barcelona helped the LaLiga giants secure a 1-1 draw against Napoli in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Napoli start game with a defensive tactics and Dries Mertens’ scores a goal for Napoli in 30 minutes at the Stadio San Paolo even though Barcelona had a good possession of ball.

Napoli missed two golden opportunities to restore their advantage. They almost doubled their advantage before the interval, but Kostas Manolas flashed a close-range effort past the post.

Barca were a team reborn at the start of the second period and pulled level in the 57th minute, Griezmann slamming home Nelson Semedo’s low cross from eight yards.

The game ended on a sour note for Barca, with Vidal seeing red for quick-fire bookings – the first for hauling down Mario Rui before clashing heads with the Napoli full-back – and Gerard Pique limping off after landing awkwardly.

Should Serie A fixtures go ahead this weekend amid coronavirus fears, Napoli will host Torino on Saturday. Barca, meanwhile, travel to Real Madrid a day later in what promises to be a mouth-watering Clasico.

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