Griezmann gives Barcelona first leg draw with Napoli (video)
Antoine Griezmann scored in the second half to earn Barcelona a 1-1 draw with Napoli in a UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg at the San Paulo Stadium on Tuesday.
Dries Mertens scored a beautiful opener for Napoli, who heads to the Camp Nou for a March 18 second leg.
Arturo Vidal was sent off in the 89th minute for a second yellow card, and Sergio Busquets picked up a yellow which will cost him the second leg.
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Gennaro Gattuso’s plan was to limit Barcelona’s shots, and it worked well in the first half.
Mertens got his goal on one of only five shots in the half, the only two on target coming via Napoli.
How a tale can turn on a moment, though, as Nelson Semedo set up Griezmann’s second-half marker to give Barca a useful away goal.
Barca was much better in the second half but could not find a second away goal.
Here’s the goal of the day, and it belongs to Mertens.