Lionel Messi lifts Barcelona in Champions League ultimate eight


Barca will play Bayern Munich in the last eight after the German champion completed a 7-1 aggregate win over Chelsea.

With the series level at 1-1 from the first leg in Naples, Barcelona made the perfect start as Clement Lenglet headed home an Ivan Rakitic corner in the 10th minute.

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Lionel Messi lifts Barcelona in Champions League last 8

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Barcelona ( BAR-sə-LOH-nə, Catalan: [bəɾsəˈlonə], Spanish: [baɾθeˈlona]) is a city on the coast of northeastern Spain. It is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits, its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the Province of Barcelona and is home to around 4.8 million people, making it the fifth most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, the Ruhr area, Madrid, and Milan. It is one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range, the tallest peak of which is 512 metres (1,680 feet) high.
Founded as a Roman city, in the Middle Ages Barcelona became the capital of the County of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona continued to be an important city in the Crown of Aragon as an economic and administrative centre of this Crown and the capital of the Principality of Catalonia. Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Since 1450, it is home to the University of Barcelona. The headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean are located in Barcelona. The city is known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as world-class conferences and expositions and also many international sport tournaments.
Barcelona is a major cultural, economic, and financial centre in southwestern Europe, as well as the main biotech hub in Spain. As a leading world city, Barcelona’s influence in global socio-economic affairs qualifies it for global city status.Barcelona is a transport hub, with the Port of Barcelona being one of Europe’s principal seaports and busiest European passenger port, an international airport, Barcelona–El Prat Airport, which handles over 50 million passengers per year, an extensive motorway network, and a high-speed rail line with a link to France and the rest of Europe.

Messi increased the lead in the 23rd with a goal outrageous even by his standards, slaloming past several defenders after cutting in from the right before squeezing his shot home.

Messi also played a big part in Barca’s third, being hacked down by Kalidou Koulibaly, the penalty awarded after a VAR check.

Lionel Messi lifts Barcelona in Champions League last 8

Luis Suarez stepped up to take the penalty and put the home side 3-0 ahead.

Napoli revived its hopes when Dries Mertens, who had gone close at the start of the match, was fouled by Rakitic in the penalty area

Lorenzo Insigne converted the spot kick, but despite some visitor pressure in the second half, with Arkadiusz Milik’s header 10 minutes from the end ruled out, there were no further goals as the home side defended its lead comfortably enough.

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The result will be a relief for under pressure Barca coach Quique Setien.

His side had gone into the match with rumblings of discontent, with Messi himself describing the team as “weak” after a defeat to Osasuna in the penultimate game of the season.

With arch-rival Real Madrid pulling away after the restart to win La Liga, the Champions League represents the last chance of silverware for the Catalan giants this season amid further rumors about Messi’s future if the campaign ends in failure.

Bayern thrashes Chelsea

Meanwhile, in the other match on Saturday, Bayern Munich romped to a 4-1 win over Chelsea in the Allianz Arena with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice.

The Polish star made it 53 overall for the season and assisted on two more goals as Bayern, leading 3-0 from the first leg back in February, cruised into the quarterfinals in some style.

Lewandowski was upended by Willy Caballero in the Chelsea goal early in the first half, scoring from the penalty spot before setting up the second for Ivan Perisic.

Tammy Abraham pulled one back for Chelsea with his 18th of the season just before halftime, but it proved only temporary relief for Frank Lampard’s men as further goals from Corentin Tolisso and the deadly Lewandowski settled a one-sided affair.

Bayern defender David Alaba talked up his side’s chances against Barcelona in the further knockout stages of the competition, held as one off matches in Portugal.

“The anticipation is enormous. Barcelona has a good team with very good players, but if you look at the last few weeks, we can fly to Portugal with a lot of confidence,” he said.

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