CAN BARCELONA FINISH THE JOB? Good evening and welcome to our coverage of this evening's Europa League play-off second leg between Napoli and Barcelona at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. While the Partenopei went ahead in the first leg through Piotr Zielinski, Barca levelled via a second-half penalty from Ferran Torres and ended up looking much the stronger side. They will need to maintain that level of performance if they want to progress to the last 16.
Europa League / Knockout Round Play-offs
Stadio Diego Armando Maradona / 24.02.2022
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Barcelona hit four past Napoli to book last 16 place in style
End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME - NAPOLI 2-4 BARCELONA
It has to go down as an emphatic win for Barca, despite Napoli saving some face thanks to Politano. The visitors were ruthless in attack even if they continued to look fallible in defence, while Spalletti will be left to wonder how his team – who have conceded 18 goals in Serie A all season – were taken apart with such ease.
GAVI EARNS A BOOKING
... which seems a bit pointless, in the circumstances.
Napoli have a late consolation, Matteo Politano capitalising on a mix-up in defence to score.
SUBS, SUBS AND MORE SUBS
Torres comes off for Riqui Puig. The constant substitutions have sucked all the life out of the match, which suits Barca just fine.
INSIGNE'S FAREWELL TO EUROPEAN FOOTBALL?
Given that he's set to join Toronto FC in the summer, Insigne could have played his last European fixture. He comes off for Andrea Petagna, earning a big round of applause despite the team's performance.
TRIPLE CHANGE FOR BARCA, TOO
Xavi switches out Traore, Aubameyang and Pedri, thanks each of them for a job well done and brings on Ousmane Dembele, Luuk de Jong and Nico Gonzalez in their place.
TRIPLE CHANGE FOR NAPOLI
... with Dries Mertens, Adam Ounas and Faouzi Ghoulam on for Zielinski, Fabian and Osimhen respectively. It feels like Spalletti has thrown in the towel there.
OSIMHEN GOES CLOSE!
Having beaten Pique for pace, Osimhen tries to find the bottom corner from a tight angle but drags his shot narrowly wide. Napoli are still fighting here, for what it's worth.
Insigne gets in behind and volleys past Ter Stegen but, unfortunately, he was offside by some distance.
NAPOLI'S FRUSTRATIONS STARTING TO SHOW
... with Fabian the next player to go into the book.
BARCA COULD HAVE ANOTHER!
Aubameyang goes one-on-one but is off with his timing, waiting too long to shoot and allowing Meret to sweep up.
FIRST CHANGE FOR BARCA
... with Sergio Busquets coming off for 17-year-old Gavi.
That'll do, lad. That'll do.
Traore cuts in off the right flank and picks out Aubameyang, who leathers a first-time shot past Meret. That will surely decide the tie in Barcelona's favour.
FIRST BOOKING OF THE MATCH
... goes to Zielinski after he slides in on Aubameyang, killing a Barcelona counter-attack.
Traore stands up Mario Rui with a lovely stepover before whipping in a cross-come-shot which Meret palms away. The ball falls for De Jong, but Rrahmani gets his body in the way to block his shot.
BETTER FROM NAPOLI
Following a series of snappy tackles and interceptions, Napoli put a good passing move together which ends with Insigne picking out Zielinski in the box. The Polish midfielder gets a shot away from a tight angle, but it's blocked.
NAPOLI WITH A HALF-TIME CHANGE
... Luciano Spalletti hooking Diego Demme for Matteo Politano.
SECOND HALF KICKS OFF
We're back underway at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
End of 1st Half
HALF TIME - NAPOLI 1-3 BARCELONA
They may have the tightest defence in Serie A, but Napoli have gone completely haywire at the back this evening. Barcelona deserve their lead and have one foot in the Europa League last 16.