Barcelona grabbed an away goal as they fight from in the back of to draw against Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in Italy.
Dries Mertens curled in from 18 yards in the first half to become Napoli’s joint top scorer of the e all-time, joint top with Marek Hamsik on 121 goals.
But Barcelona equalized after fifty-seven minutes when Antoine Griezmann scored from Nelson Semedo’s low cross.
The visitors ended the activity with 10 men as Arturo Vidal was once despatched off late on.
In the 89th minute, he fouled Fabian Ruiz, but then, after the Napoli man reacted, Vidal pushed his head into the midfielder’s face and was awarded two yellow cards in rapid succession
The return Leg takes neighborhood at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, 18 March, although the Spanish La Liga leaders will also be without suspended midfielder Sergio Busquets as he picked up his third booking of this season’s tournament.
It came early in the second half when he tackled with a foot raised, he caught Mertens, who limped off and had to be changed rapidly afterward.
Barcelona had an injury fear of their very own as center-half Gerard Pique hobbled off in added time at the end of the match with an ankle injury.
Napoli had chances to go into the 2nd leg in Spain with the lead however visitors goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two high-quality saves, denying Lorenzo Insigne and then Jose Callejon.
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