Updated February 22nd, 2024 at 09:49 IST

Robert Lewandowksi, Osimhen trade goals as Barcelona draws 1-1 at Napoli in 1st leg of UCL last 16

In the first leg of Barcelona vs. Napoli's round of 16 Champions League match, both attackers Robert Lewandowski and Victor Osimhen scored goals. The match was highly anticipated as a clash between the two prolific centre forwards.

Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Napoli and Barcelona at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium | Image: AP
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It was hyped as a matchup between high-scoring center forwards Robert Lewandowski and Victor Osimhen and both strikers found the net in a 1-1 draw between Barcelona and Napoli in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday.

Lewandowski shot through the legs of Napoli captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo and inside the near post on the hour mark for his 93rd goal in the top club competition.

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Osimhen replied 15 minutes later with a shot from near the penalty spot after leaving his marker on the ground for his sixth goal in Napoli's last six home matches in the Champions League.

The second leg is scheduled for March 12 in Spain.

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Napoli had struggled until Osimhen's goal to construct much of anything in the debut of new coach Francesco Calzona , who was hired only 48 hours before kickoff by the struggling Serie A champion .

Osimhen was playing his first match for Napoli since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, where he helped Nigeria reach the final.

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Barcelona is back in the knockout rounds after two consecutive group-stage eliminations. It still had Lionel Messi the last time it made it to the round of 16.

Barcelona has been eliminated in the Copa del Rey, is eight points behind leader Real Madrid in the Spanish league and coach Xavi recently announced he will leave the club at the end of the season.

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Napoli has won only one of its last six matches and is only ninth in the Italian league standings, which led to Walter Mazzarri being fired on Monday.

Barcelona controlled at the start and produced a series of shots on target that were stopped by Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret.

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Barcelona has never lost to Napoli in five meetings, all since February 2020.

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Published February 22nd, 2024 at 09:49 IST