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Osimhen saves Napoli, tied with Barça. Juve and the Club World Cup: what changes

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Osimhen saves Napoli, tied with Barça.  Juve and the Club World Cup: what changes

The Editorial Staff Wednesday 21 February 2024, 10.55pm

NAPLES – Francesco Calzona’s adventure begins with a draw on the Napoli bench. In fact, in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, the Azzurri did not go beyond1-1 at home with Xavi’s Barcelona, ​​who broke the deadlock with Robert Lewandowski in the 60th minute: Pedri serves the Polish striker with a tunnel against Rrahmani who, in a similar way, mocks Meret by kicking under Di Lorenzo’s legs at the near post. The equalizer, however, bears the signature of Victor Osimhen fifteen turns of the clock later: the Nigerian striker takes position on Inigo Martinez, turns with great speed and, from two steps, beats Ter Stegen. A fearful start for the hosts, who risked capitulating on at least three occasions in the first 20 minutes of the game, helped by the 16-year-old Yamal and the former Bayern player himself, then improved as the minutes passed, only to fall back again during the second half. Juventus was an interested spectator which, in the event of the Blaugrana qualifying, could celebrate the almost certain participation in next Club World Cup (the only pitfall, in that case, would remain Lazio who, however, to ‘snatch’ the place from the Bianconeri, would have to either raise the Champions League to heaven, or win all the matches up to the second leg semi-final with the simultaneous exit of Napoli in the round of 16 or quarterfinals with zero wins in the four matches of the knockout phase).

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