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Robert Lewandowski in a duel with Amir Rrahmani

Photo: Ciro Fusco / EPA

FC Barcelona did not get beyond a 1-1 (0-0) draw at SSC Napoli in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. Arsenal FC disappointed at FC Porto and lost 0-1 (0-0) with a goal in stoppage time. The second leg will take place on March 12th (9 p.m.).

The Italians welcomed the Spanish champions at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. However, defending their title seems unlikely for both teams. Naples is dragging its feet through the season, and Barcelona is also in crisis. However, after coach Xavi Hernández announced that he would quit in the summer, Barça has been unbeaten in four games.

The guests went into the game with this self-confidence and created chance after chance. The 16-year-old Lamine Yamal had two promising finishes (4th minute, 8th minute). National team captain İlkay Gündoğan forced Naples' goalkeeper into a save with a powerful long-range shot (22'). The break went into the break with a happy 0-0 score for the SSC.

It wasn't until the second half that Robert Lewandowski took the deserved lead. The Pole was served in the penalty area, moved into the middle and finished through the defender's legs (60th). This makes the 35-year-old Lewandowski the oldest goalscorer for Barça in a knockout game in the premier class.

DFB goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen had a bitter evening: he was unemployed for a long time and then had no chance in the 75th minute when Victor Osimhen had a free shot in the penalty area. Naples became more active after the equalizer and tried to turn the game around. However, Napoli were lucky in stoppage time, Gündoğan put the ball just wide of the goal from the edge of the penalty area (90th+4).

Arsenal FC started dominantly in the club's first knockout game in the Champions League in eight years. But it was the hosts who became dangerous for the first time - with a double chance. Porto attacked on the right side, somewhat accidentally the ball landed at Galeno, whose shot from a few meters hit the post. His second attempt narrowly missed the goal (21st minute).

Arsenal came close to the opponent's goal primarily through set pieces. From the game onwards, the Gunners hardly found any gaps in Porto's defense, but they didn't try much creative means. Porto punished the English team's lack of ideas with a wonderful goal from Galeno, who flicked the ball into the far corner from 18 meters (90th + 4).