Camp Nou - Barcelona 19/09/2012 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Group stage - Group G

Barcelona - Spartak Moskva
3-2
 

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Messi's Barcelona show sees off Spartak

Published: Wednesday 19 September 2012, 22.00CET
Messi's Barcelona show sees off Spartak 
Barcelona-Spartak Moskva reaction ©Getty Images

It took another Lionel Messi show of nerve and class to rescue FC Barcelona from a shock home defeat by FC Spartak Moskva in their UEFA Champions League Group G opener.

Competition top scorer for the last four seasons, the Argentina forward's second-half double meant despair for Unai Emery's visitors. They had overcome the concession of Tello's 14th-minute effort to lead through a Daniel Alves own goal and a cool strike from midfielder Romulo just before the hour.

Match in 5

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  • Emery now 13 without victory against Barça
  • Stirring display from Spartak, Emenike impressing

Reaction

Spartak's approach was interesting, particularly since [Unai] Emery knows us. They got back into it and we couldn’t get comfortable or play passes between the lines.

Javier Mascherano, Barcelona defender

Javier Mascherano, Barcelona defender

The most important thing was to score, which we did, but it was not enough. In attack we wanted something more. To beat Barcelona you need to play a perfect match.

Unai Emery, Spartak coach

Unai Emery, Spartak coach

 

Player rater

Tello

Top Player

Barcelona 

Standings

Last updated: 14/11/2012 10:31 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Barcelona
Spartak Moskva

3

Goals scored

2

66

Possession (%)

34

18

Total attempts

5

10

Attempts on target

3

8

Attempts off target

2

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

8

Corners

3

5

Offsides

1

1

Yellow cards

5

0

Red Cards

0

4

Fouls committed

17

15

Fouls suffered

3

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Graham Hunter, Camp Nou: The name adorning all the newspapers will be Lionel Messi, again, because his two goals in nine second-half minutes rescued Barcelona from a home defeat. But it was Tello, the young winger who provided a goal and an assist, who dragged the home team back into this. Kudos to Unai Emery and his men for a valiant display, particularly Ari and Emmanuel Emenike, but they have been denied what would have been a fantastic three points.
  • Substitution
    83
    Dzyuba (in) - Ari (out) (Spartak Moskva)
  • Goal
    80
    Messi (Barcelona) scores!
    Lionel Messi puts Barcelona ahead with a rare header, rising to turn in Alexis Sánchez's cross. Heartbreaking for Spartak, who have defended so manfully.
  • Substitution
    78
    Jurado (in) - Källström (out) (Spartak Moskva)
  • Yellow Card
    77
    Suchý (Spartak Moskva) is shown a yellow card.

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