Wednesday October 20, 2010 Group Stage: Group D Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 2 - 0 FC Copenhagen

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  1. Messi seals tidy Barca win

    Messi seals tidy Barca win

    Lionel Messi scored both goals as a dominant Barcelona leapfrogged opponents Copenhagen to the top of Group D with a 2-0 win at Camp Nou. More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • FC Copenhagen
    • 90+3' FULL TIME: Barca play it out with ease, and that will do nicely! There were a few butterflies while the hosts failed to get the second, but finally it came and the hosts were good value for the victory. They go top of Group D, leapfrogging their opponents.
    • 90+2' BARCA HAVE TWO! IT'S MESSI! They deserve it - he almost it into the goal after Abidal's scuffed cross falls his way. That seals it for the hosts.
    • 90+1' Keita the latest to try a low cross from the left - not quite, but Barca emerge with a corner.
    • 90' Three extra minutes to play. 10-man Spurs are back to 4-3 through a Bale hat-trick!
    • 89' Wendt replaced by Larsson and Keita on in place of Iniesta.
    • 88' ALVES HITS THE POST! Great effort and he had to do it on his own but his shot comes back firmly off the upright!
    • 88' Messi and Xavi are the latest Barcelona combination to try a 1-2 through the Copenhagen defence and they can't quite do it.
    • 87' Mascherano refuses Jorgensen's hand to get back up after the defender brings the Argentine down.
    • 86' KVIST! FROM HALFWAY! He forces a save from Pinto who was off his line and worried by that one! It was missing, but not by much, and it's a corner!
    • 85' Bolanos is not awarded the free kick he is screaming for and Barcelona have the ball and continue in possession.
    • 84' The referee has a word with Copenhagen coach Solbakken who was out of his technical area - they shake hands though and all is well.
    • 83' Goal kick for Pinto to send his team forward. It's a weak hit, barely reaching halfway.
    • 82' Time trickling down in this game. It's been an interesting one and the visitors have done better as the game progresses.
    • 81' Yellow for Iniesta who's angry with a call of offside. Unnecessary card to pick up.
    • 80' It looks as if Abidal and Pedro will link up to provide the killer blow, but Abidal's return ball is just beyond Pedro's boot.
    • 79' Pedro and Iniesta swap passes as Barcelona look for surgeon-like precision to cut straight through their opponents. Not this time - Kvist interrupts their move and Wiland has a free kick to heave away.
    • 78' All Barcelona with Xavi calmly passing it around as if he's been on the field since the beginning.
    • 77' Pique gives away a throw close to the byline - Claudemir shapes up for a long one into the penalty area.
    • 76' Still goalless in Greece in the other Group D game - if it stays that way it would suit both these teams down to the ground.
    • 75' Last quarter of an hour - still the hosts lead but they've had warnings on a couple of occasions now from the visitors.
    • 74' Another Copenhagen sub - Zohore on for Santin.
    • 73' BOLANOS CLOSE FOR COPENHAGEN! Great ball in and the ball is taken away from him by an outstanding piece of defending from Alves - otherwise it could easily have been 1-1! Corner for the Danes.
    • 73' Double Barca change: Xavi and Pedro on, Villa and Maxwell off. That will rejig the formation.
    • 72' VILLA SO CLOSE! Maxwell gets the ball into the middle and Villa and Wiland both rush to the ball - Wiland smothers well from point-blank range!
    • 71' Iniesta's delivery lets him down as he tries a low centre towards Messi and Villa - there have been some nice touches from the World Cup winner but he's not had a great game.
    • 70' Iniesta and Messi combine to get the ball wide to Maxwell but his delivery disappoints and Copenhagen clear.
    • 69' Claudemir has covered more ground than anyone else on the field today - 9630m and counting. He tries to get the Danish side back on the move.
    • 68' A little warning from the Danes there - in fact, they were very close to being level. The home side despite their dominance could do with a second goal.
    • 67' Yellow for Pospech who slides in a little too recklessly on Pospech.
    • 66' N'DOYE HITS THE BAR! A ROCKET! It came from nothing - a moment of great control to turn Puyol, then a fierce half-volley from outside the box which rattles the bar - Santin has a go at heading the rebound but it's too loopy. Great effort!
    • 65' Copenhagen are staying compact - there's a lot of space on the flanks if Barcelona exploit it.
    • 64' Villa goes down in a heap in the D of the penalty area but not for the first time the referee waves play on.
    • 63' Messi breaks at pace but there are just too many Copenhagen shirts for him to get away - eventually the Argentine runs out of space on his dribble and loses the ball.
    • 62' First change: Bolanos on for the visitors, replacing Vingaard.
    • 62' Dani Alves has to do some defending and to his credit he does it well - making sure to get a firm header on Pospech's cross. Corner for the visitors.
    • 61' Yellow for N'Doye - the Senegalese makes an ill-judged tackle on Mascherano.
    • 60' As we reach the hour mark neither side has opted to make a substitution.
    • 59' Maxwell is dispossessed looking to get a cross in on the left hand side.
    • 58' Copenhagen have been a little better here and they're getting further forward but that's making them vulnerable - Messi bursts through the middle and plays a superb through ball to Villa who gets it trapped under his feet.
    • 57' MESSI HIGH! Alves slips him the ball and Messi from 18 yards does an uncharacteristically poor job with that finish.
    • 56' Throw in a good way down the right hand side for Copenhagen - Eric Abidal is having to play as a full back - he's not needed to this evening.
    • 55' Barcelona remain camped out on the edge of the Copenhagen penalty area.
    • 54' Still goalless in Greece in the other Group D game, by the way, as Dani Alves fires a low cross in which Messi cannot get on the end of.
    • 53' Great touches from Iniesta to play it left to Maxwell - in the end the Catalans have to settle for a throw.
    • 52' Iniesta's ball for Villa is a poor one and Copenhagen can clear. Only a single goal lead for the hosts, but they look comfortable enough.
    • 51' Tottenham have pulled back a goal in Milan through Gareth Bale - the start of a glorious comeback?
    • 50' Great clearance from Puyol under pressure - N'Doye was bearing down on him there and he had to be decisive!
    • 49' Pinto has played a couple of passes between to his defenders as Barcelona stroke the ball around - it's a good way for the hosts to make sure he stays awake - he's barely had a thing to do.
    • 48' At the other end Maxwell's low cross is cleared by Jorgensen for a corner.
    • 48' HALF A CHANCE FOR THE DANES! A ball flashes across the goal from Kvist which only narrowly evades both N'Doye and Santin! It's as close as they've been all game!
    • 47' Here come Copenhagen with Jorgensen trying to get his side moving. Kvist plays the ball down the line and wins a throw.
    • 46' Busquets and Maxwell combine before Barca go backwards. The visitors yet to touch the ball.
    • 45' Can Copenhagen produce something better in the second half? We're about to find out. Play begins!
    • 45' HALF TIME! Only five seconds of half time played and the whistle blows. Barcelona are ahead. Messi's cracker separates the sides but they've been utterly dominant, hit the bar and had the ball in the back of the net three times only to see the goals disallowed. What hope for Copenhagen?
    • 44' Dani Alves now pops up in the hole behind the strikers. And why not? He's been a livewire this half and Barcelona have had no need for a full-back.
    • 43' Messi on the break and only a slightly underhit pass stops Villa from being one-on-one with Wiland.
    • 42' Abidal flashes a cross across goal - it's just out of Villa's reach and Iniesta has too narrow an angle to time his shot, and scoops it over.
    • 41' ALVES TRIES A SHOT! He skipped into the box as if there was nobody challenging him, and Wiland had to get down well to stop his low shot.
    • 41' Xavi is watching on from the bench - something tells me Barcelona won't risk inflaming his tendon injury with a run-out today.
    • 40' Free kick for Barcelona from a decent position on the left. Messi left to take this one, but his delivery is headed away by Gronkjaer.
    • 39' Dani Alves almost picks out Messi with a mouthwatering ball but Wiland is just half a step quicker to that one.
    • 37' DISALLOWED AGAIN! MESSI! Pique plays his Argentine team-mate in with an open goal at his mercy, but he was half a yard offside.
    • 36' Iniesta just keeps going into the Copenhagen box, then Wendt sends him backwards before Iniesta skips past him and Popesch with a remarkable turn.
    • 35' Good ball from N'Doye to pick out Santin - great work to get into the box and cut a cross back into the middle and there's just the merest hint of panic as Puyol's interception goes across goal.
    • 34' Bad news for Spurs fans - it's 4-0 now thanks to Eto'o's second.
    • 33' Good burst down the left from Gronkjaer, who spent five years in England with Chelsea and Birmingham. His early ball is blocked and Barca clear.
    • 32' VILLA SO CLOSE! GREAT SAVE! Alves heads back into Villa's path and he cracks a ferocious half-volley - just a little too straight and Wiland can parry this time.
    • 31' GOAL! NO! Messi picks out Villa with a cute through ball and the Spaniard lifts it nonchalantly over Wiland, but no, he was narrowly offside.
    • 30' After a handful of passes in their own half Copenhagen venture forward and it's a horrific pass forward the chance fizzles out.
    • 29' Wendt and Alves challenge for the ball - looks like Wendt has taken it out for a corner but that's not what the referee saw: goal kick instead.
    • 28' Maxwell looks furious when Mascherano's ranging crossfield ball is just slightly over his head. The quality bar has been set very high at the Nou Camp.
    • 27' Great control from Villa to spin away from a tackle but unfortunately for him his dragback takes him backwards and the moment passes.
    • 26' Copenhagen caught offside. Solbakken is furious with his side as they spurn a rare moment in possession.
    • 25' Claudemir gives away the ball and that's very dangerous - Abidal plays a cross in that's just a whisker away from Villa's head.
    • 24' From OptaJuan on Twitter: "9 - Barcelona are unbeaten against Danish opposition in European competition: eight wins and one draw. Vikings." Looks set to be 10.
    • 23' Maxwell breaks free down the left and fires a shot from the left across the goal. Just wide!
    • 22' Barcelona swarming at the moment. Copenhagen might indeed be set for the hiding Solbakken warned his team about.
    • 21' Villa goes down in the box after Iniesta plays him in. Jorgensen did tackle him clearnly but it's a corner.
    • 20' Messi has just extended his record as Barcelona's top goalscorer in the Champions League with 28. He's quite handy, you know.
    • 19' MESSI SCORES! Left footer from outside the box - absolutely pinpoint hit and Wiland was nowhere near it. That's been coming for a while.
    • 18' It's all square in the other Group D clash between Panathinaikos and Rubin Kazan. As it stands, Barcelona and Copenhagen would take another step towards qualifying if the scores stay the same.
    • 17' Guardiola cuts a very relaxed figure on the touchline. He must sense the goal is coming.
    • 16' HEADER FROM MESSI! Dani Alves teed it up with another superb run and centre. Wiland on hand to deal with it though.
    • 15' UEFA statistics say that Barcelona have had 71% of possession so far, but only two shots.
    • 14' Messi stopped in his tracks on the edge of the box by Antonsson - the Copenhagen coach Solbakken is shouting furiously on the sidelines.
    • 13' Mascherano gets Barca on the move once more - Alves is playing as a winger, and delivering dangerous crosses. No goal yet though.
    • 12' Spurs have conceded a third. Oh dear.
    • 11' Gronkjaer has some ball for Copenhagen on the right but Santin is caught all of five yards offside - that's poor from the striker.
    • 10' WILAND MAKES A BIG SAVE FROM MAXWELL! THEN DISALLOWED! Maxwell has a hit from the far side after a tasty cross from Alves - it then pops to Messi on the right who has the ball over the line - but no, he was offside.
    • 9' Mascherano plays it to Abidal, who makes a burst down the left. Barcelona then work it right for Alves to probe down the other side.
    • 8' Barcelona settling into a groove here. Copenhagen have barely touched the ball in the last five minutes.
    • 7' Messi dances his way into the box and Claudemir has to watch him carefully to make sure he cannot deliver a telling cutback for Villa.
    • 6' News from elsewhere - Nani scores for United against Bursaspor (who needs Rooney?) and Heurelho Gomes has just been sent off for Spurs and Inter have a penalty...
    • 5' Copenhagen emerge unscathed from that attack but it's a strong warning from the home side.
    • 4' VILLA HITS THE BAR! BRILLIANT PLAY! It was Messi who made it, wriggling through the middle before a ball only half-blocked to Villa. He too has to shuffle to find space but then very nearly gets his floated effort from a cute angle past Wiland!
    • 3' Puyol is felled by N'Doye trying to get out of his own half. Free kick.
    • 2' Barcelona have their first look at the Copenhagen half. Iniesta makes a run down the right but he's narrowly offside.
    • 1' Claudemir slips inside from the right and Barcelona players seem to stand off him - N'Doye was slow to react but if he'd been quicker that was a chance.
    • 1' Already Tottenham have gone a goal down in Milan! Zanetti scores!
    • 1' Away we go!
    • 19:45 Copenhagen, playing in white, are set to kick us off.
    • 19:44 A full house in the Nou Camp - it's a wonderful venue - let's hope the two teams can combine to give us a great game of European football.
    • 19:43 The Champions League music is playing in the stadium - shivers down the spine yet?
    • 19:42 The refereeing team tonight is French, led by Stephane Lannoy.
    • 19:41 The players are coming out on to the field at the Nou Camp.
    • 19:40 Both sides in strong domestic form. Copenhagen are top of the Danish league, unbeaten after twelve games. Barcelona sit third after five wins, a draw and an inexplicable defeat to Hercules. But they're just a point off the top of La Liga.
    • 19:35 Stale Solbakken, Copenhagen coach: "It could very well be that it's us on Wednesday who — just like Odense is doing now — are sitting in the losers' changing rooms and have gotten a lesson by a team that is much, much better." Odense were on the receiving end of a 5-0 defeat by Copenhagen at the weekend.
    • 19:30 Pep Guardiola, doing what every manager in Europe seems to be doing and offering an opinion on Wayne Rooney: "He is one of the greatest players in the world as there are very few players with his qualities. He's a player I admire very much."
    • 19:25 Copenhagen are making a better fist of this year's Champions League campaign - the Danes were previously involved in the 2006/07 version when they finished bottom of Group F and lost all three away games to Celtic, Benfica and Manchester United.
    • 19:20 Barcelona, meanwhile, boast a W5 D1 L0 record against Danish opposition, inflicting measuring on Brondby in 2004 and 1998, and beating Arhus way back in 1989 courtesy of a Gary Lineker winner!
    • 19:15 Some hope for Copenhagen - the Danish side’s last two visits to Spain have ended as 1-1 draws. The bad news? Their record against Spanish opposition is W0 D3 L3.
    • 19:15 Have you heard about Wayne Rooney in the last couple of days? He's confirmed his intention to leave the club - read all about it here!
    • 19:10 Puyol and Pique are fit and ready to go, and the attacking three of Messi, Iniesta and Villa link up once again - Messi was only a late substitute in Russia.
    • 19:05 TEAMS ARE IN: Barcelona - Pinto, Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal - Mascherano, Maxwell, Busquets - Iniesta, Messi, Villa /// Copenhagen - Wiland, Wendt, Antonsson, Zanka Jorgensen, Pospech - Gronkjaer, Claudemir, Kvist, Vingaard - Santin, N'Doye
    • 19:00 HEAD-TO-HEAD: This is the first time the current champions of Spain and Denmark have ever met in European competition.
    • 18:55 TEAM NEWS: Barcelona are without keeper Victor Valdes who is unwell. Milito is missing, while Puyol, Pique and Xavi are all carrying niggles which have seen them miss training sessions. Copnhagen have no injury troubles, with Bolanos, Gronkjaer, Norregard and Delaney all available.
    • 18:50 No doubt about which team start as favourites for tonight's clash, though.
    • 18:50 Perhaps surprisingly it's Copenhagen who are top of Group D at present - they've beaten Rubin Kazan at home and Panathinaikos on the road. Barcelona were held by the Russians in Kazan last time around. Full group table.
    • 18:45 Good evening everyone, and welcome to LIVE updates from Group D where Barcelona host Copenhagen in the Champions League.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' BARCA HAVE TWO! IT'S MESSI! They deserve it - he almost it into the goal after Abidal's scuffed cross falls his way. That seals it for the hosts.
    • 88' ALVES HITS THE POST! Great effort and he had to do it on his own but his shot comes back firmly off the upright!
    • 86' KVIST! FROM HALFWAY! He forces a save from Pinto who was off his line and worried by that one! It was missing, but not by much, and it's a corner!
    • 73' BOLANOS CLOSE FOR COPENHAGEN! Great ball in and the ball is taken away from him by an outstanding piece of defending from Alves - otherwise it could easily have been 1-1! Corner for the Danes.
    • 72' VILLA SO CLOSE! Maxwell gets the ball into the middle and Villa and Wiland both rush to the ball - Wiland smothers well from point-blank range!
    • 66' N'DOYE HITS THE BAR! A ROCKET! It came from nothing - a moment of great control to turn Puyol, then a fierce half-volley from outside the box which rattles the bar - Santin has a go at heading the rebound but it's too loopy. Great effort!
    • 57' MESSI HIGH! Alves slips him the ball and Messi from 18 yards does an uncharacteristically poor job with that finish.
    • 48' HALF A CHANCE FOR THE DANES! A ball flashes across the goal from Kvist which only narrowly evades both N'Doye and Santin! It's as close as they've been all game!
    • 41' ALVES TRIES A SHOT! He skipped into the box as if there was nobody challenging him, and Wiland had to get down well to stop his low shot.
    • 37' DISALLOWED AGAIN! MESSI! Pique plays his Argentine team-mate in with an open goal at his mercy, but he was half a yard offside.
    • 31' GOAL! NO! Messi picks out Villa with a cute through ball and the Spaniard lifts it nonchalantly over Wiland, but no, he was narrowly offside.
    • 19' MESSI SCORES! Left footer from outside the box - absolutely pinpoint hit and Wiland was nowhere near it. That's been coming for a while.
    • 16' HEADER FROM MESSI! Dani Alves teed it up with another superb run and centre. Wiland on hand to deal with it though.
    • 10' WILAND MAKES A BIG SAVE FROM MAXWELL! THEN DISALLOWED! Maxwell has a hit from the far side after a tasty cross from Alves - it then pops to Messi on the right who has the ball over the line - but no, he was offside.
    • 4' VILLA HITS THE BAR! BRILLIANT PLAY! It was Messi who made it, wriggling through the middle before a ball only half-blocked to Villa. He too has to shuffle to find space but then very nearly gets his floated effort from a cute angle past Wiland!
    • 19:05 TEAMS ARE IN: Barcelona - Pinto, Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal - Mascherano, Maxwell, Busquets - Iniesta, Messi, Villa /// Copenhagen - Wiland, Wendt, Antonsson, Zanka Jorgensen, Pospech - Gronkjaer, Claudemir, Kvist, Vingaard - Santin, N'Doye

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    Manager: Josep Guardiola

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    Manager: Ståle Solbakken

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