The three-goal cushion only lasted three minutes though with Napoli keeping themselves within touching distance by winning a penalty right on the stroke of half-time. Napoli: Ospina (6), Manolas (6), Koulibaly (5), Mario Rui (6), Fabian (6), Demme (6), Zielinski (6), Callejon (6), Mertens (7), Insigne (7) It had been almost half a year since these two played out an edgy 1-1 draw in the first leg in Naples, which left this clash delicately poised. Can you name the 2008 Champions League final squads? 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Before, there has been a Xavi or an Andres Iniesta to shoulder the burden but Messi is a one-man band these days. RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 'back in production'. Ricardo Pereira is also a long-term absentee, but Rodgers could be boosted by the timely return of Jonny Evans after suspension - he should slot in as a straight replacement for Ndidi, who had been playing as an emergency centre-back this season. Hirving Lozano headed over from 12 yards with his first touch off the bench before fellow substitute Krystian Milik did find the net from a similar position but his celebrations were cut short by an offside flag that spotted his was half a yard offside. Watch the Sports Mole Football Shorts prediction for this game below: Sports Mole previews Sunday's Premier League clash between Manchester City and Leicester City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups. It's almost like he's wearing an Argentina shirt such is the pressure on his shoulders to be the man to make a difference. The Argentine then won a penalty for his side, aided by VAR which led the referee to take a second look at the incident on the touchline monitor. We could learn a lot from this match, both in terms of Man City's title credentials and Leicester's hopes of challenging for the top four again. The Foxes arrive at the Etihad Stadium in fine form and full of confidence, but Man City away remains one of the toughest dates in the calendar and we are backing Guardiola's hosts to come out on top. The timing for Koulibaly to have a howler couldn't have come at a worse time or on a worse stage. Manchester City vs Barcelona Head To Head statistics, H2H results, preview stats and previous matches Livescore Football Show All Live Now Results My Livescore Tomorrow Yesterday Teams Competitions Football News Contact Messi has been directly involved in 12 goals (9 goals & 3 assists) in his last six Champions League knockout stage games at Camp Nou. Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi played in a fluid front three. Loris Karius closing in on Liverpool exit? After surrendering rather meekly to Real Madrid in the La Liga title race, the Champions League is Barcelona's only hope of a trophy this season and Clement Lenglet got them off to the perfect start by heading home a Ivan Rakitic corner (10). The goal settled Barcelona into their stride as Messi took centre stage. pls help a friend, where can I stream live ooo. Kevin De Bruyne, who has scored seven goals and set up six more in his last 10 league starts, is one of the star names expected to come into the side, despite needing treatment after a heavy challenge during his cameo in midweek. A night to forget for the 29-year-old. bts and over 2.5 enroute...barca today aint a win day for you guys. City almost scored again. A lazy defensive clearance from Gerard Pique dropped to Dries Mertens inside 90 seconds but his effort wasn't clearly struck from 12 yards out and looped back off the outside of the post with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen merely a spectator. Man of the Match: Lionel Messi. Barcelona: Ter Stegen (6), Semedo (6), Pique (6), Lenglet (7), Alba (7), Rakitic (7), De Jong (6), Roberto (7), Griezmann (6), Suarez (7), Messi (8) It was a case of job done for Barcelona but a tougher test awaits next Friday. Since then, Barcelona had surrendered the La Liga title to Real Madrid and Napoli stuttered to a seventh-placed finish in Serie A. Barcelona started without much zip and rhythm in an eerily empty Nou Camp and Napoli produced the early front-foot football. Things were about to get worse. Beverley Callard forced to drop out of I'm A Celebrity? A 3-0 opening-day triumph over West Bromwich Albion was followed up with a 4-2 win over Burnley last weekend, leaving Leicester looking to win their opening three league games of a season for only the fourth time, the first time since 1922-23 and the first time ever in the top flight. Initially, the referee waved played on but VAR stepped in to advise the referee to head over to the pitch side monitor to review the decision. ITV 'spends millions on I'm A Celebrity's castle set', Gemma Collins tipped for shock return to I'm A Celebrity. Jamie Vardy will lead the line as ever, having scored five goals in his past eight Premier League appearances against Man City. Opt in and bet £25 or more before 23:59 on Sunday to earn a free £5. Can you name Liverpool's 2001 FA Cup-winning squad? 72Disclaimer: Every Nairaland member is solely responsible for anything that he/she posts or uploads on Nairaland. UEFA Champions League First Knockout Round. Lionel Messi then came to the party with a sumptuous effort (23) and had one chalked off harshly by VAR for handball. As the Barcelona man headed home the Napoli defender was on the floor having been blocked off by Suarez too easily. 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Guardiola has claimed that he only has 13 fit senior players ahead of this match and suggested that some of the academy products who impressed against Bournemouth in midweek could feature. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said the club would laugh off any offer below £60m and, instead, value him at around £90m. Liverpool Vs Manchester United (3 - 1) On 16th December 2018. Preview: Real Madrid vs. Real Valladolid - prediction, team news, lineups, Former referee George Courtney labels new penalty law an "embarrassment", Preview: Lazio vs. Atalanta BC - prediction, team news, lineups, Preview: Villarreal vs. Alaves - prediction, team news, lineups, Preview: Huesca vs. Atletico Madrid - prediction, team news, lineups, Preview: Eibar vs. Elche - prediction, team news, lineups, Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund - prediction, team news, lineups. Leicester's injury woes are not too much better, with the headline absentee being Wilfred Ndidi after the midfielder was ruled out for up to three months with an adductor injury which requires surgery. There looked little danger when he picked up the ball on the corner of the penalty area surrounded by four Napoli players, but he managed to wriggle his way into the area. New series of Doctor Who delayed until 2022? Coronation Street cast member tests positive for coronavirus, Davood Ghadami to leave EastEnders after seven years, EastEnders actor Amar Adatia announces soap exit, Picture Spoilers: Next week on EastEnders (September 28-October 2), EastEnders star Lacey Turner pregnant with second child, Jake Wood looking to "new horizons" after leaving EastEnders, Lacey Turner 'to take extended break from EastEnders'. Pep Guardiola brought out the beast in Lionel Messi, now he's tearing him apart, [quote author=tdbankplc post=50690187][/quote], See how barca is making man city look like a relegation team. Barcelona have qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals for the 13th consecutive campaign - no other side has ever done so in more than eight seasons running. Nairaland Forum / Entertainment / Sports / European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Manchester City Vs Barcelona : UCL (3 - 1) On 1st November 2016 (37521 Views) We say: Manchester City 3-1 Bournemouth. Things do not get any easier this weekend, facing the early league leaders and a team that sat above them for a significant chunk of last season before ultimately falling away from the top two. Barcelona 3-1 Napoli (Agg 4-2): Lionel Messi spearheads charge to quarter-finals, Barcelona celebrate Lionel Messi's goal against Napoli, Keane: Ole needs top-four finish to keep job. Denise van Outen, Baga Chipz join celebrity version of The Circle? We've come to a stage in Messi's Barcelona career where he is truly indispensable to this side. However, VAR - after three minutes of deliberation - decided that the ball brushed off Messi's arm before he stroked home and ruled out the goal. Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne was doubtful after a slow recovery from a groin injury suffered against Lazio last week but he was fit to start. The defender is one of the hottest properties in Europe, with his commanding performances over the past few seasons in Naples seeing him linked with Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain. Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Nicolas Otamendi also remain sidelined through injury. The replays clearly showed the foul by Koulibaly and Suarez, with Messi receiving treatment, smashed home the penalty. Barcelona set up a mouth-watering Champions League quarter-final clash with Bayern Munich after beating Napoli 3-1 to progress 4-2 on aggregate. See How To Advertise. The score remained 2-0 but only for a few minutes with Messi once again playing a huge role in Barca's third goal. Achieving that feat at the home of Man City would make it all the more momentous and would certainly go some way to proving Leicester's top-four credentials this season, although Rodgers has never won away to Sunday's opponents in his managerial career, while Leicester as a team have lost eight of the last nine meetings home and away. Man City will also welcome back Raheem Sterling, who has had a hand in 13 goals in 14 league games since the restart in June. Atletico demand £45m fee up front for Thomas Partey? RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid (August 13), Manchester City or Lyon vs Barcelona or Bayern Munich (August 19), RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid vs Atalanta or Paris Saint-Germain (August 18). Subs: Firpo (N/A) Aguero is still expected to miss at least another month, while Jesus's injury - confirmed by Brazil to be at least three weeks out after he was forced to pull out of their squad - leaves Guardiola without a recognised centre-forward. Manchester City possible starting lineup:Ederson; Walker, Stones, Ake, Mendy; Fernandinho, Rodri; Foden, Mahrez, Sterling; De Bruyne, Leicester City possible starting lineup:Schmeichel; Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Castagne; Mendy; Perez, Praet, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy. New signing Cengiz Under will not be ready until next week, while this game is also likely to come too soon for Demarai Gray and Filip Benkovic. Which players featured in Wenger's final Arsenal team? BBC Three to use kids' spare capacity for relaunch? My boiz should knack dem 3more apkako. -, Andrew Neil: 'GB News will have anchors with edge and personality' -, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle 'to star in own fly-on-the-wall reality show' -, COVID-positive celebrities to be immediately booted from Strictly -, Coming up this week on Classic Coronation Street (September 28-October 2) -, Garcia 'set for Barca move after Dias joins City', Report: Barcelona end pursuit of Lautaro Martinez, Man Utd 'open to James exit if Sancho arrives', Report: Chelsea preparing Declan rice bid, Barcelona injury, suspension list vs. Celta Vigo. How are empty stadiums affecting number of home wins in Premier League? Of course, Brendan Rodgers will not be paying any attention to the league standings after only two games of the campaign, but it is a position every team would rather be in than not, particularly with Leicester boasting the joint-best attacking record in the top flight at the moment too. 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Both sides go into the contest with 100% records so far, Man City beating Wolverhampton Wanderers in their opener last weekend and Leicester picking up two wins from two to rise to the top of the pile.