FC Barcelona produced a scintillating first-half display to reach the UEFA Champions League knockout stage and end the qualification hopes of FC Spartak Moskva in the process.
The Blaugrana were inspired by Lionel Messi, who had a role in all three goals. The Argentinian international's mesmerising run helped set up Daniel Alves's fine 16th-minute opener, before he doubled his side's lead with a scuffed effort. The 25-year-old completed the scoring six minutes before the break with his fifth goal in as many Group G outings.
Had we put away some of our chances in the first half, perhaps the result might have been different. In the end, it went as expected.
Unai Emery, Spartak coach
We knew we had to start the game strongly and that we could not allow what happened against Celtic to occur here again. We controlled the match.
Lionel Messi, Barcelona forward
|31||Dykan (GK) (C)||1||Víctor Valdés (GK)|
|9||Ari||6||Xavi Hernández (C)|
|42||Chernyshuk (GK)||13||Pinto (GK)|
|Unai Emery (ESP)||Tito Vilanova (ESP)|
|Ivan Bebek (CRO)|