Griezmann inspires Barca 4-0 win over Italian giants Napoli

Griezmann inspires Barca 4-0 win over Italian giants Napoli

- Napoli vs Barcelona preseason clash ended in favour of the La Liga side

- A brace from Luis Suarez and one each from French connection, Dembele and Griezmann sealed the win for the Catalans

- They will kick off their Spanish League title defence this weekend when they battle Athletic Bilbao

Spanish League champions Barcelona stretch their preseason winning streak to five games following their 4-0 win over Napoli at the Michigan Stadium.

And this makes it their second straight victory over the Italian League giants in about four days having defeated them 2-1 on Thursday, August 8 at the Hard Rock Stadium.

However, Saturday's meeting was going to be another tough encounter for the La Liga side as they were held to a goalless draw in the first half despite fielding a very strong squad in the game.

The only player not included in Ernesto Valverde's team was Lionel Messi who is currently recovering from a minor Injury.

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Meanwhile, just three minutes into the second half, Luis Suarez fired the Camp Nou outfit ahead in the 48th minute after firing home a close range rebound from a poor save from Alex Meret.

The Uruguayan linked up well with new signing Antoine Griezmann who initially tried the goalkeeper but his shot was saved in Napoli's danger zone.

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Barely eight minutes after their opening goal of the game, 2018 World Cup winner who joined the club this summer tapped home his first goal from a Jordi Alba's low cross in the 56th minute.

Alba drove into the box after overlapping forward before finally releasing the precise and timely pass to his new teammate.

Suarez continues his fine form in the game after connecting with Ousmane Dembele's pass in the 58th minute to launch a superb effort into Napoli's net from the edge of the box.

The 32-year-old did not waste anytime before sending the ball out of the reach of the goalkeeper in a stunning fashion as he completed his brace in the match.

Dembele, having assisted earlier goals got his name on the scores sheet with a fine finish from the right wing having made a solo run into the opponent's danger zone.

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And the La Liga giants wrap up their preseason tour with a convincing win over the Italian side - making it their first straight win after their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last month.

It would be recalled that the Catalans already defeated them 2-1 three days earlier at the Hard Rock Stadium with Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic scoring for the Cam Nou side.

As Samuel Umtiti's own goal reduced the deficit for the Serie A side but it was not enough to help them avoid defeat at the end of the match.

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