FT: Napoli 2-4 Barcelona; Alba, De Jong, Auba & Pique MASTERMIND Catalans qualification; Insigne & Politano on TARGETS for the hosts; Rangers 2-2 Dortmund; Tavernier DOUBLE enough for the Gers; Bellingham & Malen RESPOND for the visitors

As for Barcelona, a clinical performance in Naples sees them triumph 4-2 over Napoli and 6-4 on aggregate. The Catalans could end up winning this competition on performances like this and it is only their realistic chance of getting any piece of silverware this season.

A scintillating display from Rangers sees them nick a Round-of-16 ticket over Borussia Dortmund. Apparently, the job had been done in the first leg at the Signal Iduna Park last week.

FULL-TIME AT THE IBROX STADIUM: Rangers 2-2 Borussia Dortmund (Agg. 6-4)

FULL-TIME AT THE DIEGO MARADONA STADIUM: Napoli 2-4 Barcelona (Agg. 3-5)

87′ MIN: It’s a catastrophic error from Barca which has gifted a chance to Matteo Politano who in turn rolls the ball into the back of the net from close range.

GOOOAAAALLL!!! Napoli 2-4 Barcelona (M. Politano; Agg. 3-5)

59′ MIN: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang manages to slot the ball past the keeper to add gloss to the scoreline. Barca are nearly there!

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Napoli 1-4 Barcelona (P. Aubameyang; Agg. 2-5)

57′ MIN: James Tavernier has his brace! The Rangers captain makes good use of a golden scoring opportunity and slots the ball into the net.

GOOAAALLL!!! Rangers 2-2 Borussia Dortmund (J. Tavernier; Agg. 6-4)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE IBROX STADIUM: Rangers 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (5-4)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE DIEGO MARADONA STADIUM: Napoli 1-3 Barcelona (Agg. 2-4)

HALF-TIME AT THE IBROX STADIUM: Rangers 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (5-4)

HALF-TIME AT THE DIEGO MARADONA STADIUM: Napoli 1-3 Barcelona (Agg. 2-4)

45′ MIN: Gerard Pique pounces on a loose ball inside the penalty area and beats the goalkeeper with a shot into the bottom right corner. Barca are running away with this one!

GOOAAAALLLL!!! Napoli 1-3 Barcelona (G. Pique; Agg. 2-4)

42′ MIN: Jude Bellingham plays in Donyell Malen who shows great determination to get to the ball before a couple of defenders and from inside the box slots it into the bottom right corner. BVB are just a goal away from levelling the match on aggregate.

GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Rangers 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (D. Malen; Agg. 5-4)

31′ MIN: BVB are back level! A terrible mistake by the Rangers defender who ends up losing possession and allows Jude Bellingham to pick up the ball before slotting it into the back of the net.

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Rangers 1-1 Borussia Dortmund (J. Bellingham; 5-3)

22′ MIN: That’s a perfect strike from the spot by James Tavernier high into the middle of the goal, giving goalkeeper Gregor Kobel no chance!

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Rangers 1-0 Borussia Dortmund (J. Tavernier; Agg. 5-2)

21′ MIN: Julian Brandt tackles a bit over-zealously and referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz blown for a penalty kick to Rangers.

PENALTY!!! For Rangers

23′ MIN: Skipper Lorenzo Insigne and sends an unstoppable penalty past Marc-Andre ter Stegen into the bottom left corner. GAME ON!

GOOOAALLLL!!! Napoli 1-2 Barcelona (L. Insigne; Agg. 2-3)

22′ MIN: Poor tackle by Ferran Torres but play continues despite the shouts by some Napoli players for a penalty. However, centre referee Sergey Karasev interrupts the game and has gone to review the incident using the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). A decision has been made and it’s a penalty!

PENALTY!!! For Napoli

14′ MIN: The Catalans have doubled their lead! Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong puts the ball in the back of the net to give the visitors the advantage.

GOOOAALLL!!! Napoli 0-2 Barcelona (F. De Jong; Agg. 1-3)

9′ MIN: Barca draw first blood! Jordi Alba finds a way to slip the ball into the net past the Napoli goalkeeper.

GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Napoli 0-1 Barcelona (J. Alba; Agg. 1-2)

KICK-OFF AT THE IBROX STADIUM: Rangers 0-0 Borussia Dortmund (4-2)

KICK-OFF AT THE DIEGO MARADONA STADIUM: Napoli 0-0 Barcelona (Agg. 1-1)

Prior to kick-off, players of Napoli and Barcelona displayed a banner which stated: “STOP WAR”, in the light of recent happenings in Ukraine. We at Apex Football lend our voices to millions around the globe to say “NO” to war and violence.

The visitors who are without talismanic hitman Erling Haaland, have named Bellingham and Co to do the damage to the Scottish giants.

Rangers’ starting line-up set to face Borussia Dortmund at Ibrox.

Barca boss Xavi Hernandez has listed the trio of Ferran Torres, Adama Traore and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to lead the attack for the Catalans.

Coach Luciano Spalletti’s side set to take on the Catalans tonight.

Both fixtures served us excitement last Thursday and they will surely provide us more drama tonight, as a place in the next round is at stake. Napoli held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou, while Dortmund were beaten at home 4-2 by Rangers.

Our feature games tonight shall be the fixture between Italian Serie A outfit Napoli vs Spanish La Liga side Barcelona at the Diego Maradona Stadium, and the tie involving Scottish giants Rangers vs German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund at Ibrox.

Hi soccer fans! You are on to another exciting night of European continental football action and we here at Apex Football are on ground to bring you LIVE updates in the UEFA Europa League.

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