Barcelona and Lionel Messi had to come from a goal down to scrape a draw against the Italian side Napoli.
On paper, it should have been an easy game for Barcelona. Sixth in Serie A Napoli against the top of La Liga Barcelona.
But it appeared early on it was going to be a tough night. Especially for their talisman Lionel Messi.
Early on it was clear tonight was not Messi’s night.
It is usually Messi who is doing the humiliating. With his slick footwork and opponent left on their backside. So it was a turn up for the books when less than half an hour in Napoli Keeper David Ospina did that very thing to Messi.
It was only moments later that Napoli took the lead with a stunning goal from Dries Mertens.
The Belgian forward curled in a wonderful shot from 18 yards out, to leave Ter Stegen with the task of watching the ball sail past him and into the net.
It remained 1-0 to the hosts at the break too.
Barcelona was dominating possession, but their football was impotent and lacked their usual attacking flair. Lots of passes but with few shots on goal
It was fitting then as just as their football was on the night, so was the goal. Slow and methodical with uninspiring simple passes.
Messi and company interchanged a couple of neat passes. The Argentine spotted a run behind the defense. He slips in the through ball, to Nelson Semedo, who crosses for Griezmann to strike it home.
Before it was all over though, Barcelona’s night was compounded even more when in the 89th-minute makeshift forward Arturo Vidal lost his mind and got sent off.
A pointless foul followed by an even more useless head to the face and the Chilean saw red.
Napoli will be satisfied with the result, yet also disappointed to have conceded.
Barcelona has a precious away goal. No visit to the Camp Nou is easy even if the Catalonians are not at their best.