Twitter Reacts as Dries Mertens Equals Napoli Goalscoring Record & Arturo Vidal Sees Red

?Dries Mertens became Napoli’s joint-top goalscorer as the Serie A side drew 1-1 with Barcelona in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie.

It was an enthralling encounter, and the result means that it is all to play for at Camp Nou in the second leg. 

Barça dominated possession in the early stages, with the hosts sitting back and allowing their opponents to dictate the tempo of the game. 

Gennaro Gattuso clearly had a plan, but this didn’t stop the ‘parking the bus’ claims from coming out in full force…


However, with 29 minutes on the clock, Napoli broke at speed. One pass took out the entire ?Barcelona midfield, allowing Lorenzo Insigne to get in behind. He looked up and played the ball across to Mertens, who took a touch before curling the ball into the top corner.

A stunning finish and a very memorable one, as it means he has now scored 121 goals. This has drawn him level with Marek Hamsik as the club’s all-time leading goalscorer…




??Meanwhile, everyone’s favourite reporter Fabrizio Romano was keen to remind everyone that Mertens is indeed out of contract next June…

La Blaugrana made a brighter start to the second half and they began to impose themselves on the game. 

And they drew level on 57 minutes through Antoine Griezmann. Nelson Semedo beat the offside trap and crossed the ball into the path of the Frenchman, who cooly fired in to make it 1-1. They were rewarded for their positive play…


In the closing stages of the game, Arturo Vidal went flying into a challenge, wiping out Mario Rui. The midfielder then stood up and confronted Rui, pushing his head towards the Napoli player’s head.

The referee showed him a yellow for the tackle…correct decision. He then showed him another yellow for his reaction afterwards…again, a correct decision. 

The end result? A red. 

It hadn’t been seen very often but, both were worthy of yellow cards. His sending off now means that he will miss the second leg along with Sergio Busquets…


??Neither side was able to find a winner in the time remaining, leaving it finely poised heading into the second leg at Camp Nou. 

All to play for…