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Barcelona beats Napoli at home and advances to the Champions League quarter-finals

After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Barcelona did their homework, beat Napoli this Tuesday and secured qualification to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. 

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The team led by Xavi got off to an overwhelming start and took a two-goal lead with Fermín López and João Cancelo before the 17th minute of the game, but saw Rrahmani score a penalty in the first half. In the final stage, Lewandowski left his and declared the victory by 3-1.

Young Spanish defender Pau Cubars√≠, 17, won the prize of the match on his debut in the Champions League. Safely, the Barcelona player stopped some of Napoli’s dangerous attacks. It was only his 12th game as a professional.

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Brazilian Raphinha was important for building the positive score. First, he provided the assist for Fermín López to hit the first time and open the scoring. He then finished in style at the crossbar before João Cancelo grabbed the rebound and extended the goal.

Back in the knockout stage after falling in the group stage in the previous two editions, Barcelona awaits the draw next Friday to find out their opponent in the quarterfinals. Real Madrid, Manchester City, PSG, Arsenal and Bayern Munich are already classified, and there are two places remaining.

Third placed in the Spanish Championship, Barcelona takes the field in the national league next Sunday, when they visit Atlético de Madrid in the 29th round. In seventh place in the Italian Championship, Napoli faced Internazionale in Milan, on the same day.

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