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Europa: Barcelona hold Napoli, Rangers thump Dortmund


Spanish giant, Barcelona, survived a scare from Napoli on Thursday as they held the Italian’s to a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou.

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen has scored four goals in just 168 minutes of playtime in the competition this season.

According to POOL via Google, the Super Eagles star has scored in each of his last three games in the competition despite not starting two of them, averaging a goal every 42 minutes, the best rate of any player to have scored at least two goals in the competition this season.

Regardless, the Catalans defence had the perfect answer for the Nigerian by denying him the chance to extend his goal record in the competition.

Xavi Hernandez’s men, however, were unable to stop Piotr Zieliński whose 29th-minute opener left Barca stunned in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie.

Luciano Spalletti’s side failed to put the game to bed and they paid for it when Ferran Torres’ 59th-minute penalty restored parity for the hosts.

Both sides shared the spoils in Spain but will settle for a decider in the second leg in Naples next week.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund were trounced in front of their home crowd by Scottish Premier League champions, Rangers, at the BVB Stadium.

Both sides faced off in European competition for the first time since the 1999-2000 UEFA Cup Last 32 when Dortmund progressed via penalties after the clubs drew 2-2 on aggregate.

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst featured in both legs set aside his family ties when his side faced the Dortmund side that has in its squad his son, Giovanni.

Rangers cruised into dreamland with goals from James Tavernier (38′-P), Alfredo Morelos (41′), John Lundstram (49′) and Dan-Axel Zagadou (54′-OG).

Marco Rose’s side could however have handed themselves a lifeline through Jude Bellingham (51′) and Raphaël Guerreiro (82′) but will have a lot to do at the Ibrox Stadium.

Dortmund will be hoping for the return of want-away star striker, Erling Haaland – who had been struggling with muscular issues, before the return leg next week.