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Three out of three for Barça

Published: Tuesday 1 October 2002, 21.45CET
FC Lokomotiv Moskva 1-3 FC Barcelona Lokomotiv put to the sword by irresistible Barcelona.

Match statistics

Lokomotiv MoskvaBarcelona

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target5
 
8
Attempts off target4
 
5
Corners3
 
2
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed22
 
19
Yellow cards4
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 1 October 2002, 21.45CET

Three out of three for Barça

FC Lokomotiv Moskva 1-3 FC Barcelona Lokomotiv put to the sword by irresistible Barcelona.

Despite a spirited performance, FC Lokomotiv Moskva were put to the sword by an irresistible FC Barcelona as the two sides met in UEFA Champions League Group H. The hosts abandoned their usual tentative, short-passing game for a fast-paced, energetic approach, but were undone by Patrick Kluivert's opener and a glittering double from Javier Saviola as Barcelona nailed their intentions to the mast with a 3-1 victory in the Lokomotiv stadium.

Saviola denied
Barcelona had the ball in the net as early as the four-minute mark when Frank de Boer's stinging shot was parried by Sergey Ovchinnikov and Saviola lashed the loose ball back past the Lokomotiv goalkeeper, but the diminutive Argentinian was ruled offside.

Lokomotiv steaming
However, it was a fiery Lokomotiv side who were most creative in a hectic opening quarter. First James Obiorah nodded the ball down for Vladimir Maminov, whose shot was deflected wide, then moments later Maminov found Jacob Lekcetho free on the left and when the South African nudged the ball inside to Ruslan Pimenov, the striker drew a fine near-post save from Víctor Valdés.

Kluivert strikes
But Barcelona soon began to stir and after Kluivert's 15th-minute header was saved by Ovchinnikov, Saviola tested the pony-tailed keeper with a 20-metre drive. Then came the opening goal, Gaizka Mendieta's diagonal pass on 29 minutes picking out Luis Enrique racing down the visitors' inside-left channel. The ball dropped on to Dmitri Sennikov's head and broke for Kluivert, who helped the ball across Ovchinnikov into the Lokomotiv net.

Lead doubled
The goal briefly took the fire out of Lokomotiv's engine and just three minutes later Xavi Hernández picked out Saviola with a crafty right-footed cross and the smallest man on the pitch rose to flick a header past Ovchinnikov. By now Barcelona were coasting, stroking the ball forward confidently as they searched for more goals, but with the tireless Maminov working hard in the Lokomtiv midfield, the home side never looked dead and buried. Indeed it was Maminov who almost pulled a goal back before the interval, bringing the ball down on the edge of the box before firing narrowly wide.

Saviola second
Barcelona made it 3-0 four minutes into the second half when Luis Enrique broke through the middle and dragged three defenders out of position before slipping the ball to Saviola, who kept his feet under close attention from Lekcetho and slid the ball past Ovchinnikov.

Obiorah class
Just before the hour, Lokomotiv's industry was rewarded when Obiorah, who had been booked for simulation in the first half, displayed the finer aspects of his game by neatly nodding a high ball over Carles Puyol and racing around him to lob the advancing Valdés from an acute angle with his right boot.

Late storm
Kluivert twice went close to restoring Barcelona's three-goal lead, first whistling an overhead kick narrowly wide on 73 minutes and a minute later rattling the post after a slick one-two with Saviola. The Dutchman was substituted immediately and Barcelona did not get near goal again, instead weathering a prolonged Lokomotiv storm during which Maminov, Pimenov, Milan Obradovic and Maksim Buznikin all tried their luck, but failed to beat Valdés.

Last updated: 02/10/02 9.53CET

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Lineups

lokomotiv moskva

Lokomotiv Moskva

barcelona

Barcelona

1
OvchinnikovSergei Ovchinnikov (GK) (C)
26
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
2
NizhegorodovGennadi Nizhegorodov
Yellow Card70
3
F. de BoerFrank de Boer
3
DrozdovYuri Drozdov
5
PuyolCarles Puyol
4
LekcethoJacob Lekcetho
Yellow Card37
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
5
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
7
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Goal32
Goal49
Substitution86
8
MaminovVladimir Maminov
8
CocuPhillip Cocu
9
ObiorahJames Obiorah
Yellow Card25
Goal56
Substitution66
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
Goal29
Substitution75
16
EvseevVadim Evseev
17
MendietaGaizka Mendieta
17
SennikovDmitri Sennikov
Yellow Card80
21
Luis EnriqueLuis Enrique (C)
Substitution61
18
ObradovićMilan Obradović
31
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
25
PimenovRuslan Pimenov
35
Fernando NavarroFernando Navarro

Substitutes

22
KhapovZaur Khapov (GK)
25
EnkeRobert Enke (GK)
11
Júlio CésarJúlio César
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
14
PashininOleg Pashinin
12
ChristanvalPhilippe Christanval
15
BuznikinMaksim Buznikin
Substitution66
14
GerardGerard
Substitution75
19
VučićevićNemanja Vučićević
15
RochembackFábio Rochemback
Substitution86
21
MnguniThabo Mnguni
18
GabriGabri
55
AdamuBaba Adamu
22
GeovanniGeovanni
Substitution61

Coach

Yuri Semin (RUS) Louis van Gaal (NED)

Referee

Thomas Michael Mccurry (SCO)

Assistant referees

Stuart A. Logan (SCO), Alan Cunningham (SCO)

Fourth official

John Underhill (SCO)

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