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Robert Lewandowski broke impressive Lionel Messi record during Barcelona's draw with Napoli

Robert Lewandowski broke impressive Lionel Messi record during Barcelona's draw with Napoli

He scored in the 1-1 draw in Naples.

Robert Lewandowski has etched himself into Barcelona history by netting the only goal in his side's 1-1 draw Napoli in the Champions League.

The Poland international opened the scoring in Naples only for Victor Osimhen to cancel out his strike just 15 minutes later.

Leaving the game teetering on a knife edge as we approach the second leg, Lewandowski hit the headlines as he surpassed a record held by club legend Lionel Messi with his strike.

Smashing home after an hour played at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Lewa's goal meant he became the oldest goalscorer to find the net for Barcelona in the Champions League.

Aged 35 years and 184 days, he surpassed Messi's previous record of doing so aged 33 years, 259 days.

The now Inter Miami man scored against PSG in March 2021, with his effort also coming in the last 16 of the competition.

With the tie still all to play for, Napoli will now head to the Nou Camp on March 12 for the second leg and with a chance to progress still up for grabs.

The Spanish giants dominated throughout most of the first 45 minutes, after Ilkay Gundogan and Lamine Yamal both went close for Xavi's side.

Reflecting on his team's performance, the 44-year-old cited a lack of authority in the game throughout the 90 minutes.

"It is a bittersweet feeling because we had the game in our hands," Xavi said in his post-game news conference.

"We played well. We defended well; Napoli didn't create much, but in the moment [after taking the lead] we lacked control when we needed to dominate, show personality and be aggressive.

“It's a shame. It was a good performance in general and I am proud of the image we have shown Europe. This is the Barca we want, but we lacked maturity to (manage the game)."

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Napoli, Robert Lewandowski, Champions League, Victor Osimhen, Xavi