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Young Barca stars shine as they knock out Napoli in Champions League

Barcelona secured a convincing 3-1 victory over Napoli to advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. This win gives them a 4-2 aggregate lead after a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

The young guns of Barcelona stole the show early on. Lamine Yamal and Fermín López both came close to scoring, and Pau Cubarsí made a crucial tackle to stop Napoli’s Victor Osimhen. Finally, Fermín found the net in the 15th minute, finishing off a cross from Raphinha.

Just two minutes later, Barcelona doubled their lead. Yamal started a quick counter-attack that ended with Raphinha’s shot hitting the post. Luckily for Barca, the ball fell to João Cancelo, who tapped it in.

Napoli pulled one back just before the half-hour mark through Amir Rrahmani, who finished off a pass from Matteo Politano. However, Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen denied Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s header to keep his team ahead going into halftime.

The second half was tense. Napoli started strong with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia forcing a good save from Alex Meret. Barcelona coach Xavi responded by bringing on experienced players like Sergi Roberto and Oriol Romeu to shore things up.

The pressure continued, with André-Frank Zambo Anguissa having a shot blocked and Yamal having a goal disallowed for offside. Finally, Barcelona put the game to bed in the 80th minute. Robert Lewandowski scored a simple tap-in after a good combination play between İlkay Gündoğan and Roberto.

This win marks a significant moment for Barcelona. They reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since the 2019/20 season and extended their unbeaten run to nine games. They also ended Napoli’s six-game unbeaten streak, Napoli’s longest of the season.

Man of the Match: Pau Cubarsí (Barcelona)

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