4 vs. 0
BCN
AJA
90'
FT Barcelona 4-0 Ajax.
88'
Bojan drives into the box and drills a shot at goal, but Valdes is alert to tip over. Very good stop again.
86'
Bartra attacks the corner well and the ball almost dropped under Vermeer's bar.
84'
Messi's free-kick flicks off the top of the wall and is out for a Barca corner.
82'
Ajax concede a free-kick 25 yards out. Surely Messi won't get four...
80'
 
Barca sub: Bartra on, Pique off.
Barcelona Substitution
78'
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Ajax Substitution
76'
VALDES SAVES! Sigthorsson's low penalty to Valdes's right is scopped away by the Barca keeper. Great stop, and Ajax's misery is compounded.
75'
PENALTY TO AJAX! Mascherano brings down Serero int he box and Ajax have the chance for a consolation...
74'
 
GOAL! Messi has his hat-trick! The Argentine collects the ball 25 yards out, waltzes into a shooting position and drills it low beyond Vermeer. 4-0 Barca.
72'
 
Ajax sub: Van Der Hoorn on, Moisander off.
71'
 
Barca sub: Pedro on, Neymar off.
70'
 
Barca sub: Xavi on, Fabregas off.
69'
Neymar is trying so hard to score tonight. He drives at goal and ignores the options around him - but then sees his shot blocked.
68'
 
GOAL! Pique makes it 3-0! Delightful cross by Neymar from the left to Pique, who glances his header beyond the committed Vermeer.
67'
Neymar almost has the goal his performance deserves. Alexis dinks in a cross from the right, but Neymar's header is blocked.
65'
Pique is almost dispossessed on the edge of his own box, but Barca manage to hack it away.
64'
Ajax are showing some guts to get one back, but they've struggled to create anything in this second half.
63'
A few substitutes warming up for both sides.
62'
Alexis plays in Alves with a lovely through ball, but Alves tries to cut inside the last defender rather than just shoot. Alves is tackled.
61'
Barca are almost inviting Ajax to attack them just so they can hit them on the break. If Ajax don't accept defeat soon, they could be on the end of a whipping.
60'
Fabregas looks long for Alexis, who is penalised for a foul he didn't seem to commit.
59'
 
Ajax sub; Serero on, De Jong off.
58'
Champagne football from Barca now. They've really stepped up a gear in this second half.
57'
Infact, replays show that Messi kneed that at goal! Would have been a quite bizarre goal had it not whistled the wrong side of the post.
56'
Messi almost gets a third a minute after making it 2-0, but prods it just wide after Neymar cut it back to him.
55'
 
GOAL! Classic Messi, who receives the ball from Busquets, cuts in from the right onto his left foot and drills it beyond Vermeer. 2-0 Barca and cruising.
54'
Moments later Neymar glides past Moisander, who eases Neymar off the ball with a slight nudge in the box. But no penalty, and Neymar didn't claim.
53'
Van Rhijn upends Neymar, who gets an ear-full from the Ajax full-back.
52'
Bojan drives forward and plays a good ball to Duarte, but Mascherano puts himself in the way and intercepts.
51'
Barca back into their rhythm now.
50'
Chance for Barca after a brilliant cross by Dani Alves, but Van Rhijn hooks it over his own head from under his own cross bar. Neymar was lurking.
49'
Nice interchange between Fabregas and Messi, but Moisander steps out to intercept Febregas's return pass.
48'
Sigthorsson tests Adriano with a battling run down the wing, but Adriano is equal to it and deals with the danger.
47'
Ajax have started the second half very positively. Seeing plenty of the ball at the moment.
46'
SECOND HALF. Back underway at Camp Nou.
45'
HT Barcelona 1-0 Ajax (Messi 22).
44'
Messi makes a great run, cutting in from the right, but elects to shoot when he could have played in Fabregas. Vermeer makes the save from Messi, who apologises to Fabregas.
43'
Messi slides in Iniesta, who digs out a cross to the far post. Neymar takes it down on his chest, but fires over.
42'
Frank De Boer will be happy with how his side have performed, despite being behind. Two clear chances in this half, and he'll be hoping his side can create a few more in the second.
41'
Very good game, this. Barca are still vulnerable while it's only 1-0, you feel.
40'
Messi collects a loose ball and drives at goal, but Moisander does well to get a tackle in.
39'
 
Alves releases Alexis, who is just offside. Or is he? Very close.
38'
Good chance for Ajax! Quick break by Ajax and good skill by Sigthorsson, who lays it off to Duarte - but his powerful low strike from 20 yards is held well by Valdes.
37'
Messi plays a delightful pass for Alexis, but the Chilean cannot return the favour as he over hits his through ball to the Argentine.
36'
Bojan turns Mascherano, but the Argentine recovers and makes a challenge. Good battle between those two tonight.
35'
Tempo has increased here - chances at both ends.
34'
Barca chance! Neymar drive at goal and sends a low shot at goal that Vermeer saves well.
33'
Slick link up between Alexis and Neymar, who releases Messi - but Vermeer is quick off his line to clear.
32'
Great chance for Ajax! Van Rhijn meets Bojan's deep cross from the left with a brilliant diving header that Valdes gets down well to parry away. Ajax's best chance by far, and a wake up call for Barca.
31'
But Ajax are coming back at Barca, and Bojan drills a low but harmless shot well wide.
30'
But it's wasted as they play it short to Duarte, whose shot is awful. So bad, infact, it's out for a throw.
29'
But Ajax push a few players and force their first corner of the game.
28'
Barca have enjoyed 61% possession so far.
27'
Ajax are doing their best to keep Barca at bay, but are unable to penetrate Barca's back line.
26'
Can Messi replicate Ronaldo's hat-trick from last night? Who will score more goals this season... the man from Barca or the man from Madrid? Tweet me @mjdasilva
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25'
Needless foul by Moisander. Iniesta was about 35 yards from goal and had already released the pass.
24'
 
Iniesta is caught late by Moisander, who has committed a few fouls already tonight - in the book!
23'
Ajax looking for an immediate repost, but Barca are alert to it and Valdes gathers.
22'
 
GOAL! Messi scores from the free-kick! He bends it around the wall and in off the post. Great hit. 1-0 Barca.
22'
Messi is tripped by Duarte on the edge of the box. Free kick coming up...
21'
Neymar seeing plenty of the ball so far.
20'
Neymar has been very lively so far, and he beats Ajax right back Van Rhijn again but runs out of space and runs the ball out of play.
19'
That's the first we've really seen of Messi tonight.
18'
Brilliant run and one-two by Messi, who drives into the box then finds Alves - but the full-back's shot is blocked.
17'
Moisander dives in and fouls Alexis, who had poked the ball away. No yellow, but could easily have been.
16'
Iniesta bursts into the box after Neymar slid the pass through, and Iniesta's cross deflects out for a corner.
15'
Barca yet to get Messi into the game. The Argentine has been a little quiet so far.
14'
Instead they play it short, but the move eventually breaks down.
13'
Pique drives forward from the back and is upended. Barca will look to knock this into the box.
12'
Another diagonal ball forward by Barca, but Vermeer is out to claim it.
11'
Barca knock it about nicely but this time Mascherano over hits his pass to Neymar.
10'
The longer Ajax can frustrate Barca, the better chance they have here. Barca yet to really move out of second gear though.
9'
Ajax enjoying more of the ball here as Bojan, a former Barca man of course drives down the left wing, but Mascherano spots the danger and gets across to deal with it.
8'
Barca press high up the pitch to force Vermeer into an uncomfortable clearance. Ajax trying to knock the ball about, but Barca making life tough for them.
7'
Barca very much on the front foot early on here.
6'
Neymar drops his shoulder and cuts it back to Iniesta, who cannot reach it - but it runs to Fabregas, who fires over.
5'
Pique swings a long ball wide to Neymar, who forces a corner off Van Rhijn.
4'
Ajax failing to keep the ball early on. Van Rhijn gives it away cheaply, and De Boer will demand from his players tonight.
3'
First shot of the night falls to Neymar, who cuts inside from the left and sends a low shot straight at Vermeer.
2'
Mascherano picks out Alves with a beautiful sweeping pass, and Alves forces the first corner.
1'
KICK OFF. Barca get us underway at Camp Nou.
19.40
The players are out at Camp Nou. We are all set for kick off...
19.35
Will this be a routine win for Barca? Can Neymar finally bag himself a few goals? Or will Ajax spring a surprise? Tweet me @mjdasilva
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19.30
Ajax have not kept a clean sheet in their last seven Champions League games, conceding 19 goals in the process. The Dutch side are making their 12th appearance in the Champions League. PSV Eindhoven (13) are the only Dutch side to have qualified for the competition more times.
19.25
Barcelona have won none of their last four Champions League games (2 draws, 2 defeats), their worst run since 2001/02. And Lionel Messi has netted 59 goals in the Champions League, only Raul (71) has more goals to his name in the competition.
19.20
A few more stats for you...
19.15
Quite remarkably given each side's glittering European heritage, this will be the first competitive meeting between the two.
19.10
Frank de Boer (Ajax): "It's not nice if everyone thinks Barcelona will win, but I'm sure we can cause problems for them. Barcelona are very offensive and we will have to be at our very best. Lots of teams have tried to beat them but if we stick to our style, I'll be happy."
19.05
Martino continued: "There's always a prioritisation of the tournaments you're involved in. I feel that Barcelona has to win this competition.”
19.00
Gerardo Martino (Barcelona): “It's clear that for every coach to have the chance to be in the Champions League is very relevant in his career. I am very excited about it, although obviously I feel nervous about us living up to our standards in such a prestigious competition."
18.55
BARCELONA: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano, Sergio, Fabregas, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi. Neymar. Subs: Pinto, Xavi, Montoya, Pedro, Bartra, Song, Tello. AJAX: Vermeer, Van Rhijn, Moisander, Poulsen, Duarte, Sigthorsson, De Jong, Bojan, Boilesen, Blind, Denswil. Subs: Paulse, Davids, Alexander, Lebusa, Jaakkola, Kwong, Morris.
18.50
The team news is in, so lets waste no time and bring you the starting line-ups...
18.45
Hello everyone. Champions League football returns to Camp Nou tonight as Barcelona take on Ajax. Follow all the action here with our live text commentary.

Starting Line-ups

Barcelona
Ajax
    • Valdés
    • 21
      Adriano
    • 14
      Mascherano
    • 3
      Piqué
    • 22
      Dani Alves
    • 8
      Iniesta
    • 5
      Busquets
    • Fàbregas
    • 11
      Neymar
    • 10
      Messi
    • Sánchez
Team Manager:  Luis Enrique
    • 9
      Sigthorsson
    • Bojan
    • 5
      Boilesen
    • de Jong
    • Poulsen
    • Duarte
    • 2
      van Rhijn
    • 4
      Moisander
    • Denswil
    • Blind
    • Vermeer
Team Manager:  Frank de Boer
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
V. Valdés 0 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
J. Mascherano 0 0 0 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 90
Adriano 0 0 0 5 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 90
Dani Alves 0 1 0 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 90
G. Piqué 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 80
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. Iniesta 0 0 0 59 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 90
S. Busquets 0 1 0 66 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 90
C. Fàbregas 0 0 0 58 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 71
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. Sánchez 0 0 0 24 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 90
L. Messi 3 0 4 46 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 90
Neymar 0 1 2 34 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 72
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
K. Vermeer 0 3 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
R. van Rhijn 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
S. Denswil 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 90
D. Blind 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 78
N. Moisander 0 0 0 0 4 0 5 1 1 0 0 73
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
C. Poulsen 0 0 0 75 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 90
L. Duarte 0 0 1 34 0 1 6 2 0 0 0 90
S. de Jong 0 0 0 20 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 59
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
N. Boilesen 0 0 3 30 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
K. Sigthorsson 0 0 1 31 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
Bojan 0 0 1 33 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 90
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