Tuesday September 14, 2010 Group Stage: Group D Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 5 - 1 Panathinaikos

  • Messi 22’, 45’
  • Villa 33’
  • Pedro 78’
  • Dani Alves 90’
  • Govou 20’

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  1. Messi shines in Barca romp

    Messi shines in Barca romp

    Barcelona opened their Champions League campaign with a resounding 5-1 win against Panathinaikos in Group D at the Camp Nou. More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • Panathinaikos
    • 90+3' PEEEEEEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!!! Barcelona have certainly put down a marker here tonight. Despite Panathinaikos taking the lead Barca were ruthless and could even afford the luxury of a missed Messi penalty in the second half.
    • 90+3' GOAL FOR BARCELONA!!! With literally the last touch of the game Messi scoops a ball over the Panathinaikos defence for Alves to chase. He gets to it before Tzorvas and heads into an empty net. 5-1 and good night.
    • 90+2' It's a job well done for Barca but they were made to work for their dominance.
    • 90' There will be three minutes of additional time.
    • 89' Boumsong gets Luis Garcia clear on the left but he fouls Alves and we're into the last minute.
    • 88' Alves is over it...and it's cleared with ease. Iniesta fouls Ninis.
    • 86' Luis Garcia releases Vyntra down the left but he's blocked out. Iniesta surges forward but is forced out. Alves then plays it into the hand of Luis Garcia and gets a free-kick...
    • 85' CAUTION: Karagounis of Panathinaikos for a foul on Iniesta.
    • 85' The game is drifting now but you know that Barca can strike in a heartbeat.
    • 84' Barca continue to make Panathinaikos work - who let's remember were leading this game after 20 minutes.
    • 81' GREAT SAVE!!! Luis Garcia is dispossesed by Alves he feeds Messi. He drifts into the box and shoots by Tzorvas keeps it out with a strong left hand.
    • 80' Sub for Panathinaikos: Sotiris Ninis replaces Sebastián Leto
    • 79' Well that pretty much settles it. Can't see Panathinaikos salvaging this now.
    • 78' Sub for Barca: Mascherano replaces Xavi
    • 77' GOAL FOR BARCELONA!!!! Pedro taps in from a yard after Messi had struck BOTH posts after being slipped into the box by Bojan.
    • 76' Garcia tries to release Cisse but fair play to Milito he made up plenty of ground to clear the danger. Barca have it midfield with Xavi...
    • 75' SUB for Barca: Gabriel Milito replaces Gerard Pique
    • 74' Strange one here. Iniesta is down in the box but I'm not sure why. It's a pretty poor dive really and the ref ignores him.
    • 73' The crowd sense the game is over but Messi still has a hat-trick dangling in front of him. Barca are preparing Milito.
    • 71' Xavi is fouled by Karagounis. Barca play it short. Abidal is wide but Bojan can't keep the pass in play.
    • 70' Sub for Panathinaikos: Luis Garcia replaces Sidney Govou
    • 70' Just what Panathinaikos need. Bojan. Now this kid can score goals.
    • 69' SUB FOR BARCA: Bojan replaces David Villa
    • 68' Free-kick for Barca as Boumsong fouls Iniesta...it's cleared but Messi feeds Pedro on the rightbut his cross is cleared.
    • 66' Barca are stroking it around again. Abidal sprints down the left and crosses to the near post. Villa gets in front of his man but scuffs an effort wide of the far stick.
    • 64' SUB FOR Panathinaikos: Giorgos Karagounis replaces Kostas Katsouranis.
    • 63' Tzorvas kicks down field. Pique comes forward...Xavi...Pedro on the right...Xavi...Busquets..Iniesta...Busquets tries to find Alves on the right but it's out for a goal-kick
    • 63' Boumsong is fine and trots back on.
    • 60' With 30 minutes left Panathinaikos aren't out of this. Xavi is fouled by Leto. Marinos puts the ball out as Boumsong is down in the box.
    • 59' TZORVAS SAVES AGAIN!!! Messi puts Pedro in on the keeper but instead of shooting he tries to go around him and Tzorvas forces him wide.
    • 58' The Barca bench aren't looking too happy. Villa out left...to Abidal but Boumsong reads the cross and clears.
    • 57' I'm still recovering from that Messi penalty debacle. Maybe it will inspire him? Messi now dances into the box and crosses but Panathinaikos clear. Just.
    • 55' MESSI MISSES THE PENALTY!!!! That's the worst penalty I've ever seen. Messi steps up for his hat-trick and feints the goalkeeper, who stays standing. Messi then dribbles the ball to the keeper's left and he could have thrown his cap on that. Dreadful. Thank goodness they're two goals up.
    • 54' Messi plays a one-two with Villa. He back heels it and Messi gets to it before Kante PENALTY!!!
    • 52' Panathinaikos gets Cisse free on the right but his ball to Simao is poor. Busquets brings it away. Xavi spreads it wide to the left and Villa...he crosses Boumsong swings a leg AND IT JUST MISSES THE FAR POST!!! Awful defending and it nearly resulted in an own goal. Instead it's a corner...which is cleared.
    • 51' Alves on the right...crosses. It isn't cleared but Boumsong beats Villa to it and bangs it clear from inside his own box.
    • 50' Leto breaks down the middle and tries to release Cisse but Puyol sees the danger and cuts it out.
    • 49' The natural one-touch pass and move of Barca is quite beautiful to watch at times. Alves tries to cross from the right but it's blocked and cleared.
    • 48' Leto breaks against Pique. The winger beats him once but decides to go back and have another go. He doesn't succeed a second time.
    • 47' No changes at the break in terms of personnel. It'll be interesting to see if Barca look to protect and rest the likes of Messi and Xavi.
    • 46' Difficult to see a way back for Panathinaikos but surely they have to try something?
    • 46' Back underway at the Camp Nou
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    • 45' HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 3 (Messi 22, 45; Villa 33) PANATHINAIKOS 1 (Govou 20)
    • 44' GOAL FOR BARCELONA!!!! Another for Messi!!! Barca are finishing with a flourish here...Messi plays an almost impossible one-two with Pedro on the edge of the box which takes out four defenders and then drills it left-footed into the bottom corner for 3-1.
    • 43' Xavi plays a wonderful no-look pass to release Villa...into Pedro on the edge of the box...sideways to Xavi..one-touch wide to Messi who shoots!!! OFF THE CROSSBAR!! And away to safety...
    • 42' Alves shoots from 30 yards and Tzorvas makes an easy save.
    • 40' Panathinaikos break on the left with Leto. His cross is overhit. Govou has it back and Panathinaikos have some possession until Govou's poor cross is intercepted and Barca spring forward with Alves...Messi...wide to Villa but Govou blocks then clears the cross.
    • 39' Not long to the break and this scoreline finally reflects the game but with better defending, much better, Panathinaikos might well still be leading.
    • 38' Panathinaikos look to break and Cisse is fouled by Puyol on halfway. Leto has it up agaionst Alves and causes the Brazilian a few problems but he's crowded out in the end.
    • 36' Get this Barcelona have made 217 completed passes so far....Panathinaikos have managed 25. This football game's easy eh?
    • 36' Villa fouls Govou in the right-back position and Panathinaikos get a breather.
    • 35' Alves skips down the right. He crosses and Pedro angles a header towards the far post which drifts wide.
    • 33' GOAL FOR BARCELONA!!! From the resulting corner Busquets gets a flick at the near post. It finds David Villa at the far post, totally unmarked, and he fires it past Tzorvas. Tough on the keeper but thoroughly deserved for Barca.
    • 32' Leto does get down the left this time but his deflected cross is claimed by Valdez and Barca are off once more. Pedro crosses and Marinos heads it out of the hands of Tzorvas for a corner...
    • 30' Tzorvas tries to get Leto away but it's too farin front of the former Liverpool winger. Panathinaikos then try to feed Govou on the right and he's fouled by Puyol.
    • 29' Iniesta...Busquets...to Villa...Messi on the right now...and he's fouled by Simao. Xavi over the free-kick on the left...it's a lofted one and Tzorva collects with ease...and bangs it downfield. It causes havoc once more by Barca bring it away.
    • 27' Barca start again in midfield. Panathinaikos have no reply to their movement and passing. Alves the mistake from Boumsong and gets the throw but he can't release Messi inside the box.
    • 26' Busquets brings it forward...Alves pokes it through to an offside Messi.
    • 25' Pedro on halfway...to Xavi...Alves...Iniesta...but his ball forward is cut out. In turn Busquets clears into touch but Barca get it back with Pique. Xavi...Pedro...Busquets...Messi tries to find Alves but overhits the pass. Goal-kick.
    • 23' Barca break...Villa is wide on the left but is flagged offside. Replays suggest otherwise.
    • 22' GOAL FOR BARCELONA!!! Equaliser for Messi!! Well, that didn't last long. Xavi clips a simple ball inside Vyntra and Messi simply lobs the on-rushing Tzorvas into an empty net from six yards. As you were then.
    • 20' GOAL FOR PANATHINAIKOS!!!! What an upset!! Tzorvas launches a hugh kick upfield. Cisse gets a touch with a lovely backheel. Govou comes off his wing, outpaces Abidal and beats Valdes with a low shot into the far corner.
    • 18' Panathinaikos look tired already. They've chased a lot of shadows tonight. Messi cuts inside the box and is blocked. Meanwhile I mentioned at the start about Pique's head being bandaged - the big defender has just clutched his head and doesn't look too clever. Something to keep an eye on.
    • 16' Leto tries to make ground down the left but Pique steps in but Panathinaikos get the throw but Barca win it back....Puyol to Busquets..Xavi....Busquets again...forwardto Villa who's onside in the inside left channel....he's crowded out. Barca come again...Iniesta wriggles through, shoots, but Boumsong blocks for a corner.
    • 15' Messi hugs the left touchline...back to Busquets...inside to Iniesta who is fouled by Leto 25 yards out on the right on the penalty area. Free-kick...Messi takes it but it sails harmlessly over.
    • 12' Panathinaikos can't get out of their half. Govou is mugged by Busquets. Xavi in midfield...Messi is left and comes back inside to Iniesta...he spots Alves on the run wide. He crosses for Villa but his shot is well wide.
    • 10' Back with Barca and Xavi...Alves and Pedro combine on the right...Alves digs out a cross but Kante heads clear. Pique has it back...to Busquets...Xavi then Iniesta sweeps it wide to Alves...back inside to Messi. He sets a one-two with Villa 20 yards out and shoots....straight at Tzorvas.
    • 8' Messi drops deep...Busquets..Xavi..wide right to Alves...back left to Abidal and Villa shhots from 25yards...it's blocked and Puyol goes up and over Cisse which leaves the Barca man in a heap.
    • 7' How is this 0-0?? Two world class saves from Tzorvas ensure it remains goal-less. And while there's no score Panathinaikos still have a chance.
    • 5' If I were Panathinaikos I'd try and sneak an extra man onto the pitch. Barca are everywhere. Xavi to Alves...Pedro takes a touch, it falls to Xavi eight yards out with the keeper to beat...but Tzorvas makes a brilliant save!!! Vyntra concedes the corner... which is cleared.
    • 4' It's all Barca. Pedro and Alves combine. The ball is cut back but no-one can get on the end of it. Then Barca work it wide again. Alves flashes a cross across goal.
    • 2' Back with Barc in midfield...Messi, Iniesta...Abidal...Busquets floats it into the box. It's a weak header and Pedro crosses....Messi with the diving header six yards out but Tzorvas makes a fine save.
    • 1' The path to the 2010-2011 Champions League final starts here. And it's Barca with the early possession but Pedro loses out to Marinos who clears and Puyol tackles Cisse on the halfway line.
    • 19.45 We're off and underway at the Camp Nou.
    • 19.44 Right then, we're nearly ready for the off.
    • 19.43 Panathinaikos' skipper Gilberto and Barca captain Carlos Puyol meet in the middle for the toss.
    • 19.42 The players line up while the Champions League anthem blares out. Also worth noting that Gerard Pique has a Terry Butcher-like bandage wrapped around his head. Could this start a new trend?
    • 19.41 If Panathinaikos stifle Barca early on it will be interesting to see how they go about breaking down the Greek side. Of course an early goal could open the flood gates.
    • 19.40 The two teams are about to come out onto the pitch. Dani Alves and Gilberto Silva are having a nice chat in the tunnel.
    • 19.33 But Barca are back at full strength after resting several stars over the weekend. David Villa will lead the line with Messi and Pedro his willing runners. The influence of Xavi and Iniesta, as usual, will go a long way to deciding tonight's clash.
    • 19.31 The Panathinaikos side is brimming with talent that has played at the highest level. Gilberto Silva, Sidney Govou, Djibril Cisse and Luis Garcia to name four.
    • 19.30 Plenty of danger for Barca tonight as they bid to bounce back from the shock 2-0 defeat to Hercules at the weekend.
    • - Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Villa, Pedro Subs: Pinto, Bojan, Mascherano, Keita, Milito, Maxwell, Adriano Correia /// Panathinaikos: Tzorvas, Marinos, Boumsong, Kante, Vyntra, Silva, Simao, Govou, Katsouranis, Leto, Cisse Subs: Karnezis, Sarriegi, Ninis, Ioannidis, Luis Garcia, Dimoutsos, Karagounis
    • - Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
    • - Team news to follow...
    • - The last time that the Catalan side lost their opening Champions League game in a season was back in 1997/98 - 2-3 v Newcastle.
    • - Barcelona have won all five of their home games against Greek teams, scoring 21 and conceding only twice.
    • - Panathinaikos have visited the Camp Nou twice and have lost both times, conceding eight goals in the process.
    • - Good evening and welcome to Barcelona's opening match in Champions League Group D vs Panathinaikos at the Camp Nou.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' GOAL FOR BARCELONA!!! With literally the last touch of the game Messi scoops a ball over the Panathinaikos defence for Alves to chase. He gets to it before Tzorvas and heads into an empty net. 5-1 and good night.
    • 77' GOAL FOR BARCELONA!!!! Pedro taps in from a yard after Messi had struck BOTH posts after being slipped into the box by Bojan.
    • 55' MESSI MISSES THE PENALTY!!!! That's the worst penalty I've ever seen. Messi steps up for his hat-trick and feints the goalkeeper, who stays standing. Messi then dribbles the ball to the keeper's left and he could have thrown his cap on that. Dreadful. Thank goodness they're two goals up.
    • 54' Messi plays a one-two with Villa. He back heels it and Messi gets to it before Kante PENALTY!!!
    • 52' Panathinaikos gets Cisse free on the right but his ball to Simao is poor. Busquets brings it away. Xavi spreads it wide to the left and Villa...he crosses Boumsong swings a leg AND IT JUST MISSES THE FAR POST!!! Awful defending and it nearly resulted in an own goal. Instead it's a corner...which is cleared.
    • - To keep updated with all things Champions League Group D click here for live coverage of FC Copenhagen vs Rubin Kazan
    • 44' GOAL FOR BARCELONA!!!! Another for Messi!!! Barca are finishing with a flourish here...Messi plays an almost impossible one-two with Pedro on the edge of the box which takes out four defenders and then drills it left-footed into the bottom corner for 3-1.
    • 43' Xavi plays a wonderful no-look pass to release Villa...into Pedro on the edge of the box...sideways to Xavi..one-touch wide to Messi who shoots!!! OFF THE CROSSBAR!! And away to safety...
    • 33' GOAL FOR BARCELONA!!! From the resulting corner Busquets gets a flick at the near post. It finds David Villa at the far post, totally unmarked, and he fires it past Tzorvas. Tough on the keeper but thoroughly deserved for Barca.
    • 22' GOAL FOR BARCELONA!!! Equaliser for Messi!! Well, that didn't last long. Xavi clips a simple ball inside Vyntra and Messi simply lobs the on-rushing Tzorvas into an empty net from six yards. As you were then.
    • 20' GOAL FOR PANATHINAIKOS!!!! What an upset!! Tzorvas launches a hugh kick upfield. Cisse gets a touch with a lovely backheel. Govou comes off his wing, outpaces Abidal and beats Valdes with a low shot into the far corner.
    • 16' Leto tries to make ground down the left but Pique steps in but Panathinaikos get the throw but Barca win it back....Puyol to Busquets..Xavi....Busquets again...forwardto Villa who's onside in the inside left channel....he's crowded out. Barca come again...Iniesta wriggles through, shoots, but Boumsong blocks for a corner.
    • 5' If I were Panathinaikos I'd try and sneak an extra man onto the pitch. Barca are everywhere. Xavi to Alves...Pedro takes a touch, it falls to Xavi eight yards out with the keeper to beat...but Tzorvas makes a brilliant save!!! Vyntra concedes the corner... which is cleared.
    • 2' Back with Barc in midfield...Messi, Iniesta...Abidal...Busquets floats it into the box. It's a weak header and Pedro crosses....Messi with the diving header six yards out but Tzorvas makes a fine save.
    • - Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Villa, Pedro Subs: Pinto, Bojan, Mascherano, Keita, Milito, Maxwell, Adriano Correia /// Panathinaikos: Tzorvas, Marinos, Boumsong, Kante, Vyntra, Silva, Simao, Govou, Katsouranis, Leto, Cisse Subs: Karnezis, Sarriegi, Ninis, Ioannidis, Luis Garcia, Dimoutsos, Karagounis

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