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Napoli 1-1 FC Barcelona: Player Ratings

Man of the Match: Pedri (7): A constant presence in midfield, he was often incisive and his technique on the ball caused damage. Omnipresent, even in defensive situations, he was a real engine (both physically and technically) for his team. Assisting Lewandowski (60th), he came close to scoring a winning half-volley (66th). Replaced by J. Félix (85th).

Napoli:

Meret (6): He made a save on a shot from Yamal (8th), then made a reflex save on a close-range shot from Lewandowski (22nd), before flying high on a long-range shot from Gündogan in the aftermath (23rd), which was heading for the top corner. The Italian goalkeeper, reassuring on his line except for this long-range shot pushed away for a corner (66th), was also reassuring in his footwork. He couldn’t do much about Lewandowski’s goal (60th).

Di Lorenzo (5.5): The Napoli captain, as usual, made a series of round trips on his right wing. He tried a lot to combine with Politano, the differences being mainly on the right side, but the two Italians did not show great efficiency in their transitions. He is slightly late to close the axis on Lewandowski’s goal (60th).

Rrahmani (4.5): The Kosovar gave the Polish striker a hard time, winning a major part of his duels. However, he left a free space in the axis of the defense when he wanted to come out on Pedri for the opening Barcelona goal (60th).

Jesus (5): Like his partner in central defense, the Brazilian was serious in the axis of the Napoli defense. He showed some concerns in the relances, but rather held his own tonight. A match without frills.

Olivera (5.5): The Uruguayan full-back fulfilled his role as a full-back with success. Rough in his one-on-one duels, intelligent in his reading of the game, Oliveira had a solid match against the young Lamine Yamal, even if he left spaces on the transitions. He was more neutral offensively.

Zambo Anguissa (5.5): The former Marseillais, like his teammates in midfield, spent most of his time chasing the ball, but he didn’t shirk the task. He has the merit of offering an assist to Osimhen on the equalizer (74th).

Lobotka (5): The metronome lost a ball in a dangerous area early in the game (5th), but he was able to raise his level of play. The Slovak repeated his scales, showing his quality of passing, while participating in defensive tasks. Nevertheless, Günodgan caused him a lot of problems by wandering between the midfield and the Napoli defense.

Cajuste (5): The former Rémois did a shadow job. He was the spearhead of the Napoli pressing, but the Swede didn’t make a difference with the ball. Replaced by Traoré (68th).

Politano (4.5): His understanding with Di Lorenzo allowed him to make some differences on the right wing, but the winger was not decisive. He was unable to find lucidity in the last gesture, whether in the crosses or the passes. Replaced by Raspadori (76th).

Osimhen (5): Two months without playing with his club and the Nigerian seemed to have lost his bearings. Never found in the right tempo, few balls touched, the masked center forward was not successful tonight, despite his many calls for the ball and his good intentions, little supported by his teammates. He was rewarded for his efforts by scoring the equalizer on the only shot on target of the match for Napoli (75th), just before giving up his place to Simeone (76th).

Kvaratskhelia (4): Struggling this season, the winger confirmed his poor form tonight. The Georgian, closely followed by Koundé throughout the match, was unable to make a difference, despite his activity on his left side and his attempts to create play. Replaced by Lindström (68th).

FC Barcelona

Ter Stegen (5): The Partenopei crossed a lot, but paradoxically, the German had a quiet evening. It’s simple, his opponents didn’t take a single shot on goal in the first 45 minutes. Completely powerless in his duel with Osimhen (75th).

Koundé (5.5): On his right flank, he faced a man out of form, but a hell of a customer all the same: Kvaratskhelia. To avoid any worries, the Frenchman didn’t let the Georgian go for a second. He even allowed himself to stand up to him in his defensive sprints. Good in the air on hot crosses, the former Bordeaux player perfectly contained his opponent.

Araujo (6): The boss of the culé defense didn’t tremble. The domination of his team prevented him from having to work hard, but on the Neapolitan counter-attacks, he imposed himself physically. Solid against Osimhen, both in the air and in the duel, the Uruguayan hurt the Nigerian.

Martinez (5.5): Partnered with Araujo, he was also strong. Thanks to the work of his teammate on Osimhen, the former Athletic player only had to be present on the multiple harmless Italian crosses. Which he did very well. He had more work to do in the second half, but he almost got everything out. Almost, because his only marking error was costly. Beaten in the duel by Osimhen’s body play on the Nigerian’s equalizer (75th).

Cancelo (6): A defender on paper, the Portuguese took advantage of the Blaugranas’ huge domination to occupy the left wing position tonight, with Pedri coming into the heart of the game. Author of the cross that led to a save by Meret (22nd), he multiplied the incursions into the Italian camp.

De Jong (5.5): Author of a few interceptions, he was good in his pressing. However, while his team dominated the debates, he almost never accelerated the game in the first half. What he corrected a bit when he came back from the locker room by breaking more lines with passes forward.

Christensen (5): Aligned in the midfield to everyone’s surprise, the Dane was sober, but effective. He was not to be counted on to relaunch the game, but he played his role well in defense. When the Neapolitans got too close to the Catalan area, he did not hesitate to come out with long clearances. Replaced by Romeu (85th).

Gündogan (6.5): Back in the starting lineup, the German immediately proved to be valuable by scratching a lot of balls from the start of the game. He wandered between the defenders and the midfielders, which made him the most dangerous player in the first half. He pressed very high, even higher than Lewandowski, and he was the one who passed most of the balls. He forced Meret to make a great save (22nd, 48th) and missed the match ball with a curling shot that shaved the right post of the opposing goalkeeper (90th+4).

Yamal (5): Very often sought on his right side at the start of the match, he lit the first fuse, forcing Meret to relax (8th). Very active, he however lacked efficiency and his crosses did not often find their target. He disappeared over the minutes. Replaced by Raphinha (80th).

Lewandowski (5): Very useful with his passes, the Pole certainly saw his team dominate the debates, but he didn’t have much to put under his teeth. Apart from a shot on a cross from Cancelo (22nd), nothing to report in 45 minutes. But you never let go of the pressure against a player of this caliber. Well served by Pedri in the opposing area, he did not miss the opportunity to open the scoring (60th). Which made him smile again, even if his match was not transcendent.

Pedri (7): Present in the heart of the game, he was often incisive and his technique with the ball at his feet caused damage. Omnipresent, even in the defensive withdrawals, he was a real engine (both physically and technically) for his team, along with Gündogan. Decisive passer for Lewandowski (60th), he came close to scoring a winning half-volley (66th). Replaced by J. Félix (85th).

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