Napoli vs Barcelona final score, result, highlights as Osimhen cancels out Lewandowski strike

Victor Osimhen picked a timely moment to score his first Napoli goal of 2024 as the Serie A champions came back to claim a 1-1 draw at home to Barcelona.

An intriguing Champions League Round of 16 tie at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona did not catch fire until late on, with both sides showing how far they have fallen from the form that made them domestic kings last season.

Napoli, playing for the first time under interim boss Francesco Calzona, were disjointed and failed to muster a shot of any description before the break.

Robert Lewandowski drew an excellent close-range save from Alex Meret on the end of Joao Cancelo’s cross, while the goalkeeper also did well to repel a rasping Ilkay Gundogan strike.

Napoli vs Barcelona final score

  Fulltime Goalscorers
Napoli 1 Osimhen (75′)
Barcelona 1 Lewandowski (60′)

The veteran Poland striker found the breakthrough with an hour played when he collected Pedri’s pass and steered home an unerring low strike.

Osimhen had cut a frustrated figure on his first appearance since Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations heartbreak but he made mincemeat of Inigo Martinez to dispatch an equaliser 15 minutes from time.

Napoli grew in confidence as the clock ticked down but it was Barca who went closest to the win when Gundogan clipped agonisingly wide in the final minute of stoppage time.

Napoli vs. Barcelona analysis

Osimhen and Lewandowski remind Napoli and Barca of better days

Barcelona made a pleasingly fluent start to this game, with Lamine Yamal to the fore as he set a new record for the youngest player to appear in a Champions League knockout tie at 16 years 
and 223 days.

Lewandowski is at the other end of his career and has been an easy target for Barca fans as their team have failed to hit the heights this season. This was his 18th goal of the campaign: not on a par with his gargantuan feats of old at Bayern Munich, but nothing to be sniffed at.

Osimhen, for example, is yet to hit double figures after dispatching his ninth of a stop-start campaign. After the glory of 2022/23, there is the sense of the end of something at Napoli, with Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s links to moves elsewhere doing nothing to dispel that.

And yet, the Nigeria striker found a finish of muscularity and poise after a ragged individual performance to offer hope there are still special moments ahead of this team.

Why is Francesco Calzona Napoli head coach?

As they struggled before the break, Napoli looked as confused as a team that has had four managers in the space of a year. And with good reason.

After Luciano Spalletti departed to take charge of Italy in the afterglow of the Scudetto, the ever-temperamental Aurelio De Laurentiis made some pretty baffling appointments. Rudi Garcia arrived in Naples for his latest failure in a plum job. Chapeaux to his agent.

Then Walter Mazzarri came in as a trusty old pair of slippers. The only issue is, you have to throw careworn footwear away eventually. Calzona’s appointment also has an air of familiarity, even if you’re not too familiar with the man who will be job-sharing between Napoli and the Slovakia national team until the end of the season.

“It all happened very fast. I’ve basically jumped into a blender and from yesterday I got back onto the pitch. I am in my world,” Calzona told Amazon Prime Italia before the Barcelona match.  But he knows this club and many of these players, having served as assistant to Maurizio Sarri and Spalletti before leaving in the summer of 2022.

It’s hard to judge too much from a match that Napoli were, frankly, lucky to draw, but as they set about a nervy Barca after Osimhen’s leveller, you could see some of the old devilment coming back.

Napoli vs Barcelona live updates, highlights, and commentary

Fulltime: We’ll head to Catalonia all square next month. This game simmered and bubbled without ever really exploding into life. Both teams showed how far they have fallen since last season, although Barcelona were the better team for most of the evening. Lewandowski and Osimhen produced a masterfully clinical moment apiece. This one remains hard to pick, although you have to be honest and say neither side looks like a potential quarterfinal opponent at this stage. Thanks for joining us!

90th minute+4Gundogan almost wins it! Lewandowski again makes a nuisance of himself and pops the ball off to Gundogan. The coolest man in the ground caresses a left-footed shot just wide from the edge of the box.

90th minute+2: Martinez aims a raking ball towards Lewandowski. More or less everyone in a blue shirt panics but they manage to shovel it clear.

90th minute: We’ll have four minutes of stoppage time. 

89th minute: Barcelona careless and nervy on the ball again near their own box and Simeone picks up the pieces to clatter over from 25 yards.

85th minute: All of Barca’s earlier poise has gone. Some panicked defending from a corner leads to another one. Anguissa gets there first and plants his header over from Raspadori’s delivery.

77th minute: That was Osimhen’s last act as he makes way for Giovanni Simeone, while Martinez is booked for his protests over the goal.

75th minuteGOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!! Victor Osimhen!!!

Napoli’s master striker hits back. Osimhen has cut a forlorn figure for much of this game but he has the equaliser. Anguissa played the ball into him, Martinez tried to challenge but went down like a deck of cards and there was little doubt over the outcome from that point.

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68th minute: Double change for Napoli, with Traore and Lindstrom on for Cajuste and Kvaratskhelia. The Georgia star is not happy.

65th minute: Gundogan fires a free-kick from the right into the wall. He’s claiming handball, but that might just be a bit of face-saving from a pretty rubbish free-kick. Oh, Meret fumbles and it’s almost 2-0. Pedri’s speculative strike falls the other side of the post and Napoli breathe again.

60th minuteGOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!! Robert Lewandowski!!!

Classic Lewandowski and Barca have the breakthrough. The master striker collects Pedri’s pass, fashions a slither of room and fires a shot low and hard to Meret’s right.

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56th minute: Nice bit of whip on that from Kvaratskhelia but Barca clear.

55th minute: Osimhen chest the ball down but is probably going nowhere down the right. Martinez blunders into a stupid tackle and Napoli have a free-kick in a dangerous position.

53rd minute: Delicious, dangerous cross from Cancelo and that’s an excellent clearance behind by Jesus with Lewandowski in close attendance. He did well not put that into his own net.

51st minute: Napoli regain the ball high up and Lobotka fizzes a pass towards Osimhen. It should be a chance but he can’t sort he feet out. He might have been offside in any case. Other than that, it went well.

48th minute: Pretty passive start to this half from Barca but here’s a lovely ball from De Jong to Lamal, who carries the ball towards the area and tees up Gundogan on the edge. The experienced midfielder does not get hold of his shot properly and is not happy with himself.

46th minute: We’re back underway. No changes for either side yet. Here’s hoping this one catches fire.

Halftime: The half ends with Napoli showing marked improvement but still failing to register a shot of any description, which goes a long way to outlining how limply the hosts started this contest. Meret made excellent saves to deny Lewandowski and Gundogan in quick succession, while Yamal sparkled. Overall, Xavi will be happy with what his team have produced, while perhaps being slightly concerned that the profligacy that has dogged Barca’s season will hinder them once more.

42nd minute: Cajuste bundles Gundogan out of possession in midfield. Kounde half-clears Di Lorenzo’s cross. Now Lobotka tries to pick out Osimhen after Barca cough up possession but the pass is cut out.

39th minute: Rrahmani drives forward and finds Di Lorenzo. Cancelo blocks the cross but that’s better from the hosts. Now Kvaratskhelia attacks a cross at the back post and wins a corner.

36th minute: Politano’s free-kick on the right is under hit but Di Lorenzo picks up the pieces. Napoli recycle the ball but are still unable to fashion a meaningful chance.

28th minute: Rrahmani clears Yamal’s cross with Pedri lurking.

22nd minuteBrilliant save from Meret. Lewandowski back in his natural habitat gets on the end of Cancelo’s cutback and the Napoli goalkeeper thrusts out a boot. And Meret again! Gundogan lets fly and he tips behind.

19th minute: Kvaratskhelia hits an out-swinging corner from the right. Lewandowski is there to do his defensive duty and thumps his header clear.

16th minute: De Jong is caught the wrong side of Di Lorenzo and lunges into a recovery challenge. It’s a foul and a yellow card. The old logic of “it’s my first one, ref” cutting absolutely no mustard here.

15th minute: Osimhen darts in behind but the Barcelona offside trap does its job.

8th minute: Yamal again. Napoli don’t know what to do with him. He lets fly from 25 yards, Meret saves and Gundogan should probably do better from an attempted cutback that doesn’t pick out Pedri.

7th minute: Cancelo breezes past Di Lorenzo. His cross for Yamal is slightly overhit but it’s another worrying passage for Calzona.

4th minute: Cancelo lofts a pass forward and, from a Napoli point of view, Gundogan is in a worrying amount of room. The former Manchester City captain feeds Yamal, who fires over. From the goal kick, Gundogan wins the ball on the edge of the Napoli box. What are they playing at?! It’s scrambled behind for a corner.

2nd minute: Yamal scampers forward to have his first look at Olivera. The Napoli right-back holds his ground well.

1st minute: We’re off. It does indeed look like Christensen in holding midfield. 

4 mins before kickoff: Here come the teams. A raucous atmosphere in this grand old stadium. There’s a big of intrigue over where Christensen might start for Barca. In holding midfield or does Xavi have something a bit more funky up his sleeve?

20 mins before kickoff: Tonight pits two of European football’s finest strikers against one another. You’d be hard pressed to put together a top five without Robert Lewandowski and Victor Osimhen in it. But both have endured tricky seasons. Time might be catching up with Lewandowski, while persistent speculation over his future and injuries have stymied Osimhen. Will the big stage bring out the best in both of them?

Victor Osimhen of Napoli and Robert Lewandowski of Barcelona split

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45 mins before kickoff: The big news for Napoli, as the teasing mask photo in the tweet below suggests, is that Victor Osimhen starts.

1 hour before kickoff: The teams are in. Here’s how Barca line up. At 16 years and 223 days, Yamine Lamal becomes the youngest player to appear in a Champions League knockout game. Which is both incredibly impressive and grossly offensive.

1 hr 40 mins before kickoff: Now then, who are you backing in this one? LaLiga champions Barcelona, who boast supreme European pedigree and currently third in their domestic league – eight points off the pace and not even the best team in Catalonia anymore. Or are you backing Napoli, the reigning Serie A champions who have changed coaches three times since lifting the Scudetto and are ninth, 27 (TWENTY-SEVEN) points behind leaders Inter Milan. Both teams are capable of sublime brilliance when it comes together, but this game is intriguing because of their numerous flaws.

2 hours kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Napoli vs. Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League. This one should be fun (cue a 0-0 draw).

Barcelona vs Napoli kick off time

This Champions League clash takes place at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples, Italy and kicks off on Wednesday, February 21 at 9:00 p.m. local time.

Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:

  Date Kickoff time
USA Wed, Feb. 21 3:00 p.m. ET
Canada Wed, Feb. 21 3:00 p.m. ET
UK Wed, Feb. 21 8:00 p.m. GMT
India Thu, Feb. 22 1:30 a.m. IST

Barcelona vs Napoli lineups, team news

Barcelona are without Ferran Torres although fellow forward Joao Felix is fit enough for a place on the bench.

Ilkay Gundogan returns, after coming off the bench in the 2-1 weekend La Liga win at Celta Vigo, with Yamine Lamal becoming the youngest player in history to feature in the Champions League knockout stages.

Barcelona (4-3-3, right to left): Ter Stegen (GK) — Kounde, Araujo, Martinez, Cancelo — De Jong, Christensen, Gundogan — Lamine Yamal, Lewandowski, Pedri.

Barcelona subs (12): Inaki Pena (GK), Raphinha, Joao Felix, Casado, Guiu, Fort, Astralaga, Roemu, Fermin Lopez, Sergi Roberto, Vitr Roque, Cubarsi.

Calzona made late call on star striker Victor Osimhen with the Nigeria international in from the start for his first action since the Africa Cup of Nations.

Napoli (4-3-3 right to left): Meret (GK) — Di Lorenzo, Jesus, Rrahmani, Olivera — Anguissa, Lobotka, Cajuste — Politano, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia.

Napoli subs (10): Contini (GK), Traore, Mazzocchi, Raspadori, Natan, Mario Rui, Ostigard, Lindstrom, Gollini, Simeone.

Barcelona vs Napoli live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this Champions League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming
USA CBS,TUDN, UniMás FuboParamount+,
ViX, Univision NOW, TUDN app/website
Canada

DAZN

UK TNT Sports 2 discovery+
India JioTV, Sony LIV

USA: Champions League matches are available to stream on Paramount+ (English). New users can currently get a FREE 30-day trial by entering discount code ‘GOAT’ at checkout. CBS will be showing the match on TV.

TUDN and UniMás have broadcast access in Spanish, and ViX is the place to go for (Spanish) streaming, with extra options available on Fubo.

Canada: Every Champions League game streams live on DAZN.

UK: Matches are broadcast on TNT Sports and streamed on discovery+.

India: JioTV and Sony LIV are the live streaming options for this game.

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