Barça star Messi fit for Lisbon after Champions League scare vs. Napoli

Messi was kicked by Koulibaly but is OK for the quarterfinal vs. Bayern Munich

Messi, tocado tras el partido ante el Nápoles  | AFP

Barcelona sealed their place in the Champions League quarterfinal thanks to a fine first-half performance from Lionel Messi against Napoli.


Messi scored a stunning goal, had another ruled out for handball and also won the penalty which was converted by Luis Suarez to make it 3-0 before the break. 

However, in winning the spot-kick, he gave Barça a scare. Messi nipped in front of Kalidou Koulibaly, who didn't see him and as he went to clear the ball hacked into the back of Messi's leg. 

The Argentina forward required lengthy treatment but did reappear for the second half, although he didn't give as much as he had done in the opening 45 minutes. 

After the game, Messi was in pain and the area where he was kicked flared up. However, the club suggest it is just bruising and are happy that with some rest he will be in perfect shape for Friday's last-eight meeting with Bayern Munich. 

Coach Quique Setien said on Saturday: "It was a big knock, but he seems OK. We will have to look at it but I don't think he will have a problem playing." 


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