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  • Updated: February 25, 2022

Europa League: Barca Cruise Past Napoli Into Last 16

Barcelona's winter signings were on target to help Xavi Hernandez's men breeze past Napoli to book their place in the Europa League last 16.

For the first time in 17 years, Barca are not involved in the knockout stages of the Champions League and had work to do in Italy after a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou last week.

Xavi's men raced into a two-goal lead inside 13 minutes as Adama Traore's powerful run teed up Jordi Alba to open the scoring before Frenkie De Jong curled home from the edge of the area.

Lorenzo Insigne's penalty reduced Napoli's deficit, but Barca restored their two-goal cushion when Gerrard Pique found the far corner from Alba's cross.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick at Valencia on Sunday in just his fourth appearance for the club and showed his finishing prowess once more with a brilliant strike into the top corner on the hour mark as Traore grabbed another assist.

Matteo Politano pulled another goal back three minutes from time, but it was too little, too late for the Italians as they can now concentrate on winning a first Serie A title since 1990.

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Frenkie de Jong
Frenkie
de Jong
NL Netherlands (the)
  • HEIGHT

    180cm

  • WEIGHT

    74kg

  • AGE

    25

Jordi Alba
Jordi
Alba
ES Spain
  • HEIGHT

    170cm

  • WEIGHT

    68kg

  • AGE

    33

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang
GA Gabon
  • HEIGHT

    400

  • WEIGHT

    80kg

  • AGE

    33

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