Barca will play Bayern Munich within the final eight after the German champion accomplished a 7-1 combination win over Chelsea.
With the sequence degree at 1-1 from the primary leg in Naples, Barcelona made the proper begin as Clement Lenglet headed house an Ivan Rakitic nook within the 10th minute.
Messi elevated the lead within the 23rd with a objective outrageous even by his requirements, slaloming previous a number of defenders after slicing in from the suitable earlier than squeezing his shot house.
Messi additionally performed a giant half in Barca’s third, being hacked down by Kalidou Koulibaly, the penalty awarded after a VAR test.
Luis Suarez stepped as much as take the penalty and put the house aspect 3-Zero forward.
Napoli revived its hopes when Dries Mertens, who had gone shut at the beginning of the match, was fouled by Rakitic within the penalty space
Lorenzo Insigne transformed the spot kick, however regardless of some customer strain within the second half, with Arkadiusz Milik’s header 10 minutes from the tip dominated out, there have been no additional objectives as the house aspect defended its lead comfortably sufficient.
The end result might be a reduction for below strain Barca coach Quique Setien.
His aspect had gone into the match with rumblings of discontent, with Messi himself describing the staff as “weak” after a defeat to Osasuna within the penultimate sport of the season.
With arch-rival Actual Madrid pulling away after the restart to win La Liga, the Champions League represents the final probability of silverware for the Catalan giants this season amid additional rumors about Messi’s future if the marketing campaign ends in failure.
Bayern thrashes Chelsea
In the meantime, within the different match on Saturday, Bayern Munich romped to a 4-1 win over Chelsea within the Allianz Enviornment with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice.
The Polish star made it 53 total for the season and assisted on two extra objectives as Bayern, main 3-Zero from the primary leg again in February, cruised into the quarterfinals in some model.
Lewandowski was upended by Willy Caballero within the Chelsea objective early within the first half, scoring from the penalty spot earlier than organising the second for Ivan Perisic.
Tammy Abraham pulled one again for Chelsea along with his 18th of the season simply earlier than halftime, however it proved solely momentary reduction for Frank Lampard’s males as additional objectives from Corentin Tolisso and the lethal Lewandowski settled a one-sided affair.
Bayern defender David Alaba talked up his aspect’s probabilities towards Barcelona within the additional knockout phases of the competitors, held as one off matches in Portugal.
“The anticipation is gigantic. Barcelona has an excellent staff with excellent gamers, however should you take a look at the previous few weeks, we are able to fly to Portugal with plenty of confidence,” he mentioned.