Wednesday November 24, 2010 Group Stage: Group D Finished Olimpiako Stadio

Panathinaikos 0 - 3 FC Barcelona

  • Pedro 27’, 69’
  • Messi 62’

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    Time:90'
    • Panathinaikos
    • FC Barcelona
    • 90+3 Yeah fair enough, even though it should be more like six or seven minutes added time, the ref blows up nice and early so everyone can have a shower and a cup of tea. Barca through, Pana out of Europe.
    • 90+3 Alves fouls Hristodoulopoulos who, incidentally, has NOT been substituted. That is a weird bug on the website.
    • 90+2 I have a feeling there will be five minutes plus of added time. No signal yet, one assumes because the ref is yet to decide after that pitch-invader delay and the rest.
    • 90+1 The ref would do well to put Pana out of their misery sooner than the stoppages would suggest. Barcelona have a free-kick on the right, which they take short. Silva wins a throw off Iniesta.
    • 90' Alves - who is my man of the match - intercepts as Cisse chases one down the left.
    • 89' It breathes! Plessis meets a stray pass and feeds Cisse but Puyol is across quickly to clear.
    • 88' Pana haven't touched the ball in two minutes. You can work out the rest.
    • 86' Iniesta with some flashing feet as he makes a tackle and brings the ball away.
    • 85' Barca going through the motions as are the home side it seems. Messi and Keita both foul Plessis in quick succession.
    • 84' Barca surge forward but Pana clear, with Pedro then giving away a free-kick with a foul on Petropoulos.
    • 83' Barca are just stroking it around the back now. The Pana fans are in part Mexican waving, and in part kicking off.
    • 82' Cisse is talking to the ref who has halted play. Not sure what's happening but eventually he restarts it with a drop ball. I think there was some nonsense in the stands that he was waiting for to subside.
    • 80' Barca have a free-kick after Plessis fouls Keita.
    • 79' The invader is finally led away, for some reason needing four stewards even though he's not the biggest and is clearly hammerd, laughing all the way off the pitch.
    • 78' Some lunatic Pana fan has run on to the pitch and flipped the bird at I'm not sure who. Must be large. Oh, hang on, it's Athens, maybe he's an anarchist?
    • 77' Abidal with a good interception to deny fellow Frenchman Cisse a run on goal.
    • 76' BARCA SUB: Maxwell comes on for Adriano.
    • 75' Cisse is caught offside. Game attempt from Pana to pull one back.
    • 73' Adriano fouls Vyntra. Pana are damage limiting now.
    • 71' BARCA DOUBLE SUB: Keita and Abidal on for Xavi and Pique.
    • 70' Messi cuts in and shoots but blocked. They could make it a cricket score if they fancy it. Go on lads.
    • 69' Three. Pedro again. Another obscenely-crafted team goal. Iniesta looks half-bothered as he passes it back to Alves, who appears offended by this and lofts the ball back to him. Iniesta takes a touch, cuts it back and Pedro rams it home.
    • 68' Barca are toying with Pana now as they send them comatose with their passing...
    • 67' PANA SUB: Ex Liverpool midfielder Damian Plessis is on for Katsouranis.
    • 66' Great ball by Adriano finds Messi, he takes it on the chest, opts against the volley and plays it back to Alves, whose shot is blocked. Sigh.
    • 65' PANA SUB: Garcia, who has been poor, comes off for Petropoulos.
    • 64' I can't breathe. That goal gets better when you see the replay. A goal of team genius. Clap clap, Valdes applauds from the other end of the pitch.
    • 63' Brilliant from Alves, who beats three men and finds Messi. Now Pedro on it, back to Messi, to Alves, now Xavi, now Iniesta, this is magical, he looks one way and plays it wide it to Adriano who slides it across goal for Messi to poke into an empty net. What a goal.
    • 62' About a yard over from Pedro, who turned on to Messi's pass on the edge of the box.
    • 61' Garcia pulls Mascherano's shirt. He smiles. So does Masch.
    • 60' Adriano does really well to keep an overhit pass in but only succeeds in knocking it behind for a goal kick.
    • 59' Barca stroking it about patiently. A Copenhagen win earlier would have meant only a draw was needed, but I can't see this side losing at home to Rubin.
    • 58' Pana are sliding about and falling over, panicky bodies everywhere, just to get a foot on the ball.
    • 57' Gilberto puts the ball out for a throw. Pana on the rack now.
    • 56' Barca are bombaring poor Pana as Boumsong slides across to deny Villa. Only a matter of time surely.
    • 55' Good defending Alves to intercept and bring it forward. Now Villa feeds Alves inside, who threads it wide to MESSI SURELY but he blasts over! The angle was tight and Tzorvas closed him down but you expect Leo to score from there.
    • 54' Pique gets in down the left but he doesn't have quite enough zip to reach a heavyish pass.
    • 53' GREAT SAVE TZORVAS! The Greek flies across to deny Adriano from the edge of the box with a one-handed tip. Corner.
    • 52' Pana break and AGAIN a rogue flag, Cisse clearly onside but pulled up.
    • 51' Iniesta rides a few challenges and plays a one-two with Messi, he threads in Villa who back to goal is hauled down by Cedric Kante but nothing given! Surely a penalty!
    • 50' An odd offside flag with no Pana player in Barca's half. Bizarre.
    • 49' Tzorvas saves from Adriano at his near post after the Brazilian cuts in from the left. All Barca again.
    • 48' Katsouranis hacks the ball away wildly as Pana almost crumble under Barca's passing.
    • 47' Pana start with pace, looking for an early leveller, but as Cisse fails to get a shot in Barca break and restore their slow passing control of proceedings.
    • 46' Late thanks to the late start, the second half is underway.
    • 46' PANA SUB: Dimoutsos is on for Marinos.
    • - To recap, a win qualifies Barca as Group D winners; it would also put Pana out and condemn them to bottom, denying the Greeks third place and a Europa League slot. A draw technically does not qualify Barca - they would have to avoid defeat to Rubin in the last game - but would still end Pana's hopes.
    • 45+1 Mascherano and Cisse clash but the whistle has gone, half time, Barcelona lead and are purring into action.
    • 45+1 In the first minute of stoppage time. Messi does a trademark "ball glued to foot" run down the right wing, cutting it back for Villa but it's cleared by Boumsong. It's back wide to Pedro, who wins a corner.
    • 45' DOUBLE SAVE FROM TZORVAS! First from Villa's finish after he raced in and then, after Pana failed to clear the rebound, he tips away Villa's curler!
    • 44' Barca piling it on now as Villa and then Messi almost turn in the box but some desperate defending from Kate and Boumsong get it away!
    • 43' Poor free kick from Messi, into the wall, cleared.
    • 42' Ow. Clumsy, late and from behind, Silva fouls Messi on the edge of the D. Barca react badly but I don't see this being any more than a yellow as there was no power on the challenge. Indeed, in the melee after, I don't think there was a card.
    • 41' Pana clear the corner initially but Barca retain possession. Cisse is caught offside on the clearance upfield.
    • 40' Tzorvas uses his body to deny Villa after Messi plays him in via a stepover from Iniesta. Corner. Good play, matched by the keeping.
    • 39' Mashcerano takes down Marinos. Barca get it back though and launch a counter but Silva clears.
    • 38' Barca bossing the ball now but Pana are working fairly hard to keep them from goal.
    • 37' Pedro gets hold of the ball wide left, Barca have bodies arriving and he puts it low to Villa at the near post, he tries a flick but it goes high and wide.
    • 36' Pana with two shots to Barca's five; Pana with one on target to Barca's four.
    • 35' Barca with a nice spell of pass and move that breaks down when Pedro plays it to Kante. No Pana break though as Puyol picks it up just inside the visiting half.
    • 34' Luis Garcia is tackled by and then fouls Alves. He can have no complaints but has a go anyway.
    • 33' Villa wide to Alves, but it's just behind him. He initially keeps the ball in but then miscontrols. Throw Pana on the Barca right.
    • 32' Shot comes in from Hristodoulopoulos but it flies just over. A nice half volley by him.
    • 31' Pique flies into Hristodoulopoulos and tries to con the ref into thinking he was fouled by rolling around in agony. The ref doesn't buy it. Free-kick on the left, a card.
    • 30' But Pedro has it back, now Messi and Villa can turn, it spins off a defender and Messi could be in but Boumsong reads it well.
    • 29' Alves on the right finds Pedro, they exchange short passes and Pedro has it back off Xavi, who is tackled.
    • 28' Tzorvas does well to get there before Villa. That Adriano shot sparked Barca into life and they look themselves again.
    • 27' GOAL BARCELONA! Pana complain but it's given, Pedro drilling it into the bottom left, across the keeper and inside the far post after a lovely disguised through ball by Alves. Pana failed to clear the corner and felt there was an offside but Pedro looked on to me.
    • 26' Tipped away by Tzorvas! Good shot from range by Adriano, a curler towards the top corner. The first real chance of the match.
    • 26' Cisse gets a bit lairy with Puyol for no reason after he miscontrols the ball out for a throw. Barca work it upfield and have another throw, Alves inside to Xavi.
    • 25' Marinos is down holding his face after a stray hand out by Adriano. Hmmm. I've seen reds given for that but, in good news for fans of 'men being men', only a free-kick is given. Valdes flies out to punch clear.
    • 24' ... But he gives it away and the ball is all the way back with Tzorvas.
    • 23' Lovely turn from Iniesta, who plays a give and go with Alves but stumbles into a sea of green. Cisse picks it up wide right as Pana break...
    • 22' Barca have gone a touch off the boil after that scare. Pana sitting deep and looking for an opportunity.
    • 21' That was rotten defending by Pique, who failed to hold a line dragged out to the right leaving Puyol exposed. Cisse should have scored.
    • 20' GREAT SAVE VALDES! A ball over the top catches the Barca defence with their hands in the air and Cisse races one-on-one but out flies Valdes to parry one-handed!
    • 19' Pana on the move now but Pique and Puyol combine to clear.
    • 18' Messi with a delicate flick to Pedro, who is tackled by Spiropoulos. Good defending.
    • 17' Masherano overhits a pass into the arms of Tzorvas. Barca not quite clicked into gear yet.
    • 15' Lovely backheel from Iniesta to Xavi, he finds Adriano wide left but his shot trickles into the keeper's arms.
    • 14' Villa is offside as he picks up Iniesta's ball on the edge of the box.
    • 13' Villa loses the ball on the right with Alves too deep to pick it up. Pep lets them know about it.
    • 12' Barca with a spellbinding period of short passing as Alves just cannot stretch long enough to reach a ball that would have sent him scuttling down the right.
    • 11' Katsouranis is lucky not to be booked for clobbering Iniesta, and the referee tells him so.
    • 10' Alves wins a free-kick for Barca. Pique takes it long.
    • 9' The ball bounces in front of Messi but he can't get the shot away. Mascherano smacks it into the ground and Villa is offside.
    • 8' Better from Pana as they work the ball down the left but a very advanced Pique intercepts and Barca have it back.
    • 7' Messi with his magic feet to work the ball away from two defenders and wide to Pedro but his cross is blocked.
    • 6' A right mix-up between Pique and Valdes as the defender tries to shield the ball back to him, Luis Garcia being a nuisance but really no excuse. Pique puts it out for a corner.
    • 5' A low ball across the edge of the Pana box causes havoc with no-one prepared to clear but eventually Messi fails to shoot and the hosts clear.
    • 4' Pana respond with a decent spell with the ball of their own, but Messi picks it up on the left and Barca break... Alves now on the right, he plays it into Mascherano but he fails to turn and shoot and Pana clear.
    • 3' Barca still have it, using the width of the pitch in typical fashion, but Pana's defence isn't budging.
    • 2' Barca come forward for the first time but are forced back with every green shirt behind the ball.
    • 1' The first half is underway in Athens.
    • 19:48 There's a chap in an orange bib with some pliers fixing the hole in the net. Really amateurish all round.
    • 19:46 A delay in kick off, not sure what the issue is... right, there is a hole in one of the nets. An actual hole, because of a torn string. Oops. Well, this is Athens...
    • 19:40 The players are on the pitch and warming up now on a balmy night in Barcelona.
    • 19:35 Our stats gurus at Opta have also told us that Barcelona have won the highest percentage of their aerial duels in the Champions League this season (69%). You have to feel for the poor guy who has to keep track of those sorts of facts and figures...
    • 19:29 Lionel Messi has fired in more shots on target - 14 - than any other player in the Champions league this season.
    • 19:24 Panathinaikos scored with their only shot of the game when they played Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
    • 19:18 For Pana, Djibril Cisse leads the attack. The former Liverpool and Sunderland star has been outstanding since his move to Greece, with 33 goals in 38 matches.
    • 19:16 A brutally strong-looking Barcelona team tonight, then - Pep Guardiola is taking no chances about slipping up and not winning the group this evening.
    • 19:15 Here are the teams: Panathinaikos: Tzorvas, Vyntra, Boumsong, Kante, Spyropoulos, Katsouranis, Silva, Marinos, Luis Garcia, Christodoulopoulos, Cisse. Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Adriano Correia, Xavi, Mascherano, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Villa.
    • 19:12 If Pana DO manage to pull off victory this evening, however, then the group will be wide open. Barcelona would be guaranteed at least a Europa League spot, but everything else would be up for grabs.
    • 19:10 If Rubin finish the jop in a few minutes' time, they will be a point behind Copenhagen going into the final match day - and Panathinaikos will know they have to win to have any hope of even Europa League football.
    • 19:05 Pana are winless in the Champions League this season, but they too have plenty to play for and know they must win tonight - particularly with Rubin Kazan currently beating Copenhagen.
    • 19:00 It's 45 minutes to kick-off in Greece, with Barca knowing a win tonight will leave them Group D winners.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE text commentary - the match starts at 19:45 UK time. We'll have all the latest news and build-up from an hour before kick-off.
  • Summary

    • 69' Three. Pedro again. Another obscenely-crafted team goal. Iniesta looks half-bothered as he passes it back to Alves, who appears offended by this and lofts the ball back to him. Iniesta takes a touch, cuts it back and Pedro rams it home.
    • 63' Brilliant from Alves, who beats three men and finds Messi. Now Pedro on it, back to Messi, to Alves, now Xavi, now Iniesta, this is magical, he looks one way and plays it wide it to Adriano who slides it across goal for Messi to poke into an empty net. What a goal.
    • 55' Good defending Alves to intercept and bring it forward. Now Villa feeds Alves inside, who threads it wide to MESSI SURELY but he blasts over! The angle was tight and Tzorvas closed him down but you expect Leo to score from there.
    • 53' GREAT SAVE TZORVAS! The Greek flies across to deny Adriano from the edge of the box with a one-handed tip. Corner.
    • 51' Iniesta rides a few challenges and plays a one-two with Messi, he threads in Villa who back to goal is hauled down by Cedric Kante but nothing given! Surely a penalty!
    • 45+1 In the first minute of stoppage time. Messi does a trademark "ball glued to foot" run down the right wing, cutting it back for Villa but it's cleared by Boumsong. It's back wide to Pedro, who wins a corner.
    • 45' DOUBLE SAVE FROM TZORVAS! First from Villa's finish after he raced in and then, after Pana failed to clear the rebound, he tips away Villa's curler!
    • 40' Tzorvas uses his body to deny Villa after Messi plays him in via a stepover from Iniesta. Corner. Good play, matched by the keeping.
    • 37' Pedro gets hold of the ball wide left, Barca have bodies arriving and he puts it low to Villa at the near post, he tries a flick but it goes high and wide.
    • 32' Shot comes in from Hristodoulopoulos but it flies just over. A nice half volley by him.
    • 27' GOAL BARCELONA! Pana complain but it's given, Pedro drilling it into the bottom left, across the keeper and inside the far post after a lovely disguised through ball by Alves. Pana failed to clear the corner and felt there was an offside but Pedro looked on to me.
    • 26' Tipped away by Tzorvas! Good shot from range by Adriano, a curler towards the top corner. The first real chance of the match.
    • 20' GREAT SAVE VALDES! A ball over the top catches the Barca defence with their hands in the air and Cisse races one-on-one but out flies Valdes to parry one-handed!
    • 19:15 Here are the teams: Panathinaikos: Tzorvas, Vyntra, Boumsong, Kante, Spyropoulos, Katsouranis, Silva, Marinos, Luis Garcia, Christodoulopoulos, Cisse. Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Adriano Correia, Xavi, Mascherano, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Villa.

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    Manager: Josep Guardiola

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