Tuesday November 20, 2012 Group Stage: Group G Finished Luzhniki

Spartak Moscow 0 - 3 FC Barcelona

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  1. Champions League - Barcelona ensure progress with win in Moscow

    Champions League - Barcelona ensure progress with win in Moscow

    Lionel Messi struck twice and Dani Alves once as Barcelona booked a place in the Champions League knockout phase with a 3-0 win over Spartak Moscow. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Spartak Moscow
    • FC Barcelona
    • 90+3' And there's the full-time whistle! Barcelona book their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a first-half clinic in Moscow. Alves and Messi's double guarantee their qualification, more than likely as group G winners, while Spartak must hope for Benfica misery later and on match day six to grab the Europa League spot. Thanks for joining us today - follow me on Twitter @liamhappe and check the website for the full blow-by-blow report!
    • 90+2' Kallstrom's mirror image offense minutes after Mascherano clumsies up a Spartak break earns the Swede a yellow, too.
    • 90+1' Three minutes added on.
    • 90' A Moscow counter leads to Mascherano clumsily going through Welliton. He pleads his case, but that's an easy booking.
    • 89' Kallstrom is heavy-handed on Busquets in the middle of the park. Free-kick.
    • 88' Ari cuts inside Mascherano but Pique is there to pick up the scraps.
    • 87' Final substitution for Barcelona, and for the contest as a whole, as Alba is withdrawn to hand Martin Montoya his tournament bow for this season.
    • 86' Kombarov's low centre from the left is ahead of Welliton, who frankly could have at least stuck a leg out or something...
    • 85' Another Barca change sees young Gerard Deulofeu on for a frustrated Pedro.
    • 84' Again the corner from Barca descends into midfield possession.
    • 83' Barca counter from the set piece. Messi put into the box! Dikan's rushing out and Messi skips past him again! Oh no, a heavy next touch allows Suchy to rush back and poke it out for a corner.
    • 82' Funny moment as just before he can put it on, Busquets receives word to hand the armband over to Iniesta. Awwwwwkwaaaaard...
    • 81' Before the corner, Xavi hands the armband over to Busquets before making way for Alex Song.
    • 80' A rare mis-communication in possession from the visitors gives Spartak an opening, from which Jurado's speculative 25-yard strike is deflected behind.
    • 78' Splended lob over the back line by Busquets looks like it may put Fabregas through, but good work from Insaurralde ensures he has to pull back and take it wide.
    • 77' Pedro! Again thwarted by Dikan from close range!
    • 76' Messi crosses the set piece to the near post where Dikan pushes it from goal. It was on-target...
    • 75' Carioca has not had a great game, and it ends 15 minutes early as he is replaced by Sergey Bryzgalov.
    • 74' Kombarov brings down Alves out on the right. Free-kick Barca coming up.
    • 73' Valdes is out of his box to clear a long ball forward. Another purple patch for the home side - they've had plenty of them but have not converted chances which may have given them a chance here.
    • 71' Almost chances in quick succession for the Spartak subs, but both Welliton and Ananidze fail to latch onto final balls into the Barca box by a matter of inches.
    • 70' Many at half-time would have bet the farm on more Barca goals, but the second half is grinding out a bit here.
    • 69' Pedro overhits a diagonal through ball and Messi cannot reach it for a treble before Dikan.
    • 68' Spot of treatment follows before the two make nice over a clear - but hilarious - accident.
    • 67' Valdes, sporting a nauseatingly bogey-like green jersey, is brought down in comical fashion as Welliton slips closing down the goalkeeper's back pass clearance and takes his legs out from under him.
    • 65' Poor Reda Maher. He is bringing you live updates of an extremely foggy match between BATE and Lille. Check out the anguish here: BATE Borisov v Lille: LIVE
    • 64' Now, we get the corner, but again Barca fail to convince from the flags, losing possession a little while after the short take.
    • 63' Kirill Kombarov makes way for Welliton and Jano Ananidze comes on at the expense of Emenike in a double Spartak switch.
    • 62' Carioca gets a booking for a previous shirt pull in the build.
    • 61' Kallstrom comes back to help out his outnumbered comrades, conceding a corner in the process.
    • 60' Cariolca tries to get away with shoulder-based juggling. It's too arm-ish for the referee who blows up for a free-kick.
    • 59' When the home side come forward, they are almost punished quickly on the counter. Iniesta just unable to pick out the final ball this time in a crowded last third.
    • 57' Pedro has now gone 15 games without a goal. Perhaps this confidence crisis in front of the net played a part in his decision to go for a penalty rather than round Dikan himself in the first half...
    • 56' Pedro square to Messi as the two make adjoining runs to the Spartak area. The man on a hat-trick selflessly chips towards Pedro at the far post but his header is straight to Dikan.
    • 55' Alves launches a big cross from the right but it's too sizeable for Iniesta to reach even at full stretch.
    • 54' Lovely light-footed play leads to Iniesta slipping Fabregas through. If we're to be critical, his finish is a little too luxurious and the attempt to place into the far bottom corner is well covered by Dikan. Barca corner.
    • 53' Good return to type by the visitors, playing the smart passes to just take the sting out of what have been five minutes of solid Spartak attacking.
    • 52' Narayan (@narayanca) offered a HT prediction via Twitter; "5 barca-1 spartak". It's not too late for you to offer your thoughts, either - follow @liamhappe and tweet over your comments...
    • 51' Valdes is all over a Kallstrom diagonal ball into the six yard box.
    • 50' Emenike is now picked out by the other Kombarov, Kirill, from the right, but his attempt at volleyed keepy-uppies in an effort to turn to face goal leads to him losing the ball.
    • 49' Kombarov is blocked off by Alves. Quick free kick sets the left-back up to cross from the left, but Emenike's header at the near post lacks direction. Goal kick.
    • 48' Emenike tries to surge down the right but is all alone and soon loses the ball to the numbers game.
    • 47' Makeyev gets a final warning by Bebek for a foul. He had committed a couple in the first half.
    • 46' And here we go with the second half. Barcelona, three to the good, get us back underway.
    • 45+2' That's it for stoppage time and at the interval Barca lead comfortably 3-0 in Moscow. A far better performance than they put in against Spartak at Camp Nou already, and perhaps a reaction to the Celtic defeat ending their 100% group record. How many will they finish with? Can the home side recover their decent start and at least pull one back? Let me know on Twitter @liamhappe
    • 45+1' Pedro is picked out as the lone man in the hosts' half as Barca get composed and break. He waits for support but his low cross is blocked. A fine through pass by Messi almost puts Iniesta through but Dikan bravely rushes out to clear.
    • 45' Spartak have a long free-kick comfortably cleared from the Barca box.
    • 44' It's half-time at Dynamo Stadium and Lille lead by 2-0. BATE Borisov v Lille: LIVE
    • 43' Messi has been an integral part of 73 goals in 73 Champions League appearances, scoring 56 and laying on 17 assists.
    • 42' Kombarov is surrounded by three red and blue shirts but wins a free-kick when one of them - Alves, needlessly trips him from behind.
    • 41' Top drawer pass from the middle of the park by Fabregas sets Alba free on the left. His low cross is blocked before Pedro stumbles over again in the box, this time merely from struggling to properly control the loose ball. I doubt he'd have the nerve to even try to simulate again on a booking at 3-0 up...
    • 40' That's the Argentine's 80th goal of the calendar year and his eighth brace of the season already. Wow.
    • 39' GOAL BARCA! Messi shows Pedro how you round a goalkeeper with confidence, dancing out of Dikan's reach before casually slotting home his second and Barca's third. 0-3! Cricket score coming up?
    • 38' Alba comes inside Iniesta on the left but the through pass is intercepted just inside the Moscow box.
    • 37' Replays show the Croatian official Ivan Bebek got that absolutely spot on: Pedro began dropping to his knees moments before reaching the failed attempt by Dikan to push the ball safe.
    • 36' Through pass again to Pedro! He rounds the keeper inside the box! Was he brought down? No, dive! Yellow card!
    • 35' Kombarov has ample room to break away on the left wing again and his low early ball is inches from being perfect for the run into the box of Eminike. Alas, it reaches him awkwardly and bounces off-target from his shin.
    • 34' It looks to spell danger for the hosts but Barca cannot penetrate and soon lose the ball.
    • 33' Suchy makes the error of trying to play his way out of danger by the left-hand corner flag and Fabregas regains possession. A short pass to Iniesta and the World Cup winning goalscorer shows up Suchy further with a lovely spinning fake-out.
    • 31' The Masch has to leave the field of play for a quick spot of treatment, but while running a little gingerly he's okay to continue and heads back on.
    • 30' Excellent challenge by Mascherano to stop Emenike, but the makeshift centre-back came out of it worse for wear.
    • 29' Messi looks like he has picked Makeyev's pocket at the byline to move one-on-one with Dikan at a tight angle, but the ball went out of play. Goal kick.
    • 28' Cannot help but feel for Spartak. They have stuck to their guns and tried to play as openly and attack-minded as usual but have been picked apart twice in the first 27.
    • 27' GOAL! Messi scuffs the rebound slightly but still puts it into the back of the net! Iniesta technically gets the assist with that prior effort. 0-2!
    • 26' Iniesta cuts inside his marker! Shot parried by Dikan!
    • 25' The Spartak outfield go all the way back to Dikan to keep possession under heavy Barca pressure.
    • 23' Massive chance for 1-1 goes to waste! Emenike's lovely floated delivery from the right is too high for a marked Ari but falls to the advanced Suchy in the middle of the area... but he volleys off-target when a low finish or even taking a touch would surely have caused Valdes serious problems.
    • 22' Fabregas drifts wide on the right to provide a low centre which is cleared by Spartak just outside the six-yard section.
    • 21' Great dribble forward towards the right-hand side of the Barca box by Emenike but he misses the window to slide Kirill through at the byline and Barca take possession.
    • 20' Did you know..? Dani Alves is the first non-forward to score for Barcelona vs a Russian team in the Champions League.
    • 19' Fabregas is the lynchpin of a marvellous short-pass flow from Barca which reaches about 30 completed exchanges.
    • 18' Kombarov in dangerously on Messi. Free-kick but no booking.
    • 17' Poor Samuel Nsobil - he tweeted me this just before Alves broke the deadlock: "barce will lose". Wish to amend, mate?
    • 16' GOAL BARCA! Dani Alves with the finish after mesmerising close control inside the area by Messi sees the ball ricochet into the right-back's path just outside the box. Good clean strike bobbles just beyond the keeper and inside the far post. 0-1!
    • 15' There's an early goal amidst the mist in the other early kick-off... BATE v Lille: LIVE
    • 14' It's Kombarov who escapes his marker to meet the low flag kick at the near post, but his first-time drive is narrowly over the bar. Good chance!
    • 13' Another Barca corner is headed miles over by Pique and soonafter, Kombarov moves forward on the overlap and wins Spartak's first corner to Barca's three with an early cross deflected behind by Alves.
    • 12' PEDRO! Almost a goal from the man the hosts have at times ignored at their own peril! Runs through the centre to latch onto a raking ball forward. His chest control is brilliant and sets himself up for a volleyed strike from eight yards which Dikan blocks on reflex.
    • 11' Insaurralde slides in on Messi, winning the ball magnificently against the world-class forward. The surge forward that follows is wasted by Kirill's poor overhit cross from the right.
    • 10' Just a signal of intent there from the Russians against a Barca side under Vilanova who are far from as defensively tight as they once were.
    • 9' Poor corner and Spartak counter. Kirill (Dmitri will be called Kombarov to avoid double-name confusion) gets in a cross which is behind Ari but Kallstrom runs onto it to blaze over on the half-volley.
    • 8' Messi's give-and-go with Fabregas on the edge of the box leads to a second Barca corner as Suchy makes the interception.
    • 7' Pedro on the right continues to get a lot more space to play than any of his team-mates. Far from a weak link, he may be able to exploit this oversight by the home team.
    • 6' Kirill Kombarov bombs down the right before pulling back for a Makeyev cross. Pique volleys it clear.
    • 5' Good support from the noisy home fans as Spartak launch their first sustained attack into the Barca half.
    • 4' The unsurprising Twitter consensus is that the visitors will ensure their progess today - Jay (@gasmuttai): "Catalans will win this and seal the deal in Group G today." while Darrell Tan (@darrelltanhj) thinks it will be in emphatic fashion: "barca to win by more than 4 goals"
    • 3' Home keeper Bikan is out of his box to head away a lofted pass down the middle for an attacking throw.
    • 2' Pedro's cross attempt ends a long early spell of Barca possession as it comes off Kombarov, but Spartak clear their lines at the ensuing corner.
    • 1' And three minutes behind schedule, Spartak kick off the first half.
    • 17:00 The teams are out on the pitch and we are moments away from Barcelona's attempt to bounce back from the Celtic defeat and close the deal in Group G. Got a prediction or a message of support? Tweet it over to @liamhappe on Twitter and it may just get published here...
    • 16:55 Also kicking off in five minutes are BATE and Lille over in Group F. We have live updates of that, too... BATE Borisov v Lille: LIVE
    • 16:50 Barcelona have lost just one of their last nine Champions League games against Russian opposition (W5 D3 L1), but have never lost away from home in Russia (W1 D5 L0).
    • 16:45 Xavi has created more chances from open play than any other player in this season’s Champions League (14).
    • 16:40 Spartak Moscow have the worst disciplinary record in the Champions League this season with 12 yellow cards and two dismissals.
    • 16:35 Group G scenario: A win for Barcelona would see the Catalan club progress to the last 16, while if Benfica do not beat Celtic, they will qualify regardless.
    • 16:30 It took a late Lionel Messi brace for Barcelona to avoid a shock at Camp Nou when they hosted Spartak earlier in the group stage. Read our comprehensive report here!
    • 16:25 Barcelona are the favourites to win this match, to the surprise of nobody at all. But they lost last time out in a massive evening for Celtic and admit to having no idea regarding the tactical plans of their hosts. Watch the press conference!
    • 16:20 Tito Vilanova (Barcelona): "Playing in Russia is difficult, because there are very good players and coaches here. When you come the weather can be harsh, but if you want to win the Champions League, you have to win at any opponent. Tomorrow we can qualify, but if it does not happen, we have another game at home to go through. But we will try to remove all questions tomorrow."
    • 16:15 Unai Emery (Spartak Moscow): "The fact that we are playing Barcelona means it will be a difficult game. However, we have reason for optimism because we are also a strong team and have won two of our last three games. We will try to take any opportunities that we have and play our own game. Our goal is to get three points because we want to be playing in Europe in spring."
    • 16:10 TEAMS - Spartak: Dykan, Insaurralde, K Kombarov, Suchý, Makeev, Carioca, Jurado, Källström, D Kombarov, Ari, Emenike Subs: Chernyshuk, Bryzgalov, Makhmudov, De Zeeuw, Ananidze, Welliton, Yakovlev. /// Barcelona: Valdés, Mascherano, Busquets, Alves, Piqué, Jordi Alba, Cesc, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Pedro. Subs: Pinto, Montoya, Puyol, Song, Dos Santos, Villa, Deulofeu.
    • 16:05 Get involved in today's coverage in one of three ways: leave your thoughts in our comments section below, rate the players as the game progresses once we kick off, and if you want to get your comments published here on the 'cast, simply send them over via Twitter! You can do that by following @liamhappe and dropping me a tweet or two.
    • 16:00 Good afternoon and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE Champions League matchcast as Barcelona travel to Spartak Moscow in one of two Eastern European early kick-offs today! Team news will follow very shortly.
  • Summary

    • 83' Barca counter from the set piece. Messi put into the box! Dikan's rushing out and Messi skips past him again! Oh no, a heavy next touch allows Suchy to rush back and poke it out for a corner.
    • 77' Pedro! Again thwarted by Dikan from close range!
    • 67' Valdes, sporting a nauseatingly bogey-like green jersey, is brought down in comical fashion as Welliton slips closing down the goalkeeper's back pass clearance and takes his legs out from under him.
    • 54' Lovely light-footed play leads to Iniesta slipping Fabregas through. If we're to be critical, his finish is a little too luxurious and the attempt to place into the far bottom corner is well covered by Dikan. Barca corner.
    • 39' GOAL BARCA! Messi shows Pedro how you round a goalkeeper with confidence, dancing out of Dikan's reach before casually slotting home his second and Barca's third. 0-3! Cricket score coming up?
    • 37' Replays show the Croatian official Ivan Bebek got that absolutely spot on: Pedro began dropping to his knees moments before reaching the failed attempt by Dikan to push the ball safe.
    • 27' GOAL! Messi scuffs the rebound slightly but still puts it into the back of the net! Iniesta technically gets the assist with that prior effort. 0-2!
    • 26' Iniesta cuts inside his marker! Shot parried by Dikan!
    • 23' Massive chance for 1-1 goes to waste! Emenike's lovely floated delivery from the right is too high for a marked Ari but falls to the advanced Suchy in the middle of the area... but he volleys off-target when a low finish or even taking a touch would surely have caused Valdes serious problems.
    • 16' GOAL BARCA! Dani Alves with the finish after mesmerising close control inside the area by Messi sees the ball ricochet into the right-back's path just outside the box. Good clean strike bobbles just beyond the keeper and inside the far post. 0-1!
    • 14' It's Kombarov who escapes his marker to meet the low flag kick at the near post, but his first-time drive is narrowly over the bar. Good chance!
    • 12' PEDRO! Almost a goal from the man the hosts have at times ignored at their own peril! Runs through the centre to latch onto a raking ball forward. His chest control is brilliant and sets himself up for a volleyed strike from eight yards which Dikan blocks on reflex.
    • 16:10 TEAMS - Spartak: Dykan, Insaurralde, K Kombarov, Suchý, Makeev, Carioca, Jurado, Källström, D Kombarov, Ari, Emenike Subs: Chernyshuk, Bryzgalov, Makhmudov, De Zeeuw, Ananidze, Welliton, Yakovlev. /// Barcelona: Valdés, Mascherano, Busquets, Alves, Piqué, Jordi Alba, Cesc, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Pedro. Subs: Pinto, Montoya, Puyol, Song, Dos Santos, Villa, Deulofeu.
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    Manager: Unai Emery

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    Manager: Tito Vilanova

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