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Perfect six for Barcelona

Published: Wednesday 13 November 2002, 23.00CET
FC Barcelona 3-1 Galatasaray SK Barça make it six first group stage wins from six at Camp Nou.

Match statistics

BarcelonaGalatasaray

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
6
Attempts off target3
 
2
Corners2
 
5
Offsides7
 
5
Fouls committed14
 
22
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 13 November 2002, 23.00CET

Perfect six for Barcelona

FC Barcelona 3-1 Galatasaray SK Barça make it six first group stage wins from six at Camp Nou.

FC Barcelona became only the fourth team to win all six games in a UEFA Champions League group as they beat Galatasaray SK 3-1 to end the Turkish side's European campaign.

Changes rung
Both teams had rung the changes since Matchday Five, Barça making five alterations, Galatasaray four, but the lineups gelled well, the visitors needing a win to gain a last 16 place, as long as Club Brugge KV did not win at FC Lokomotiv Moskva.

Dani García burst
The first goal came ten minutes in with Barcelona having already worried the visitors with their attacking pace. Geovanni side-footed the ball to Dani García 30 metres from goal, and he burst through the Galatasaray defence, leaving João Batista and Bülent Korkmaz trailing in his wake before shooting under Faryd Mondragon's dive.

Enke escape
Not long afterwards, Galatasaray went close to equalising. Elvir Baljic's free-kick on the right beat the Barcelona defence, surprising goalkeeper Robert Enke, who could only touch the ball on to the post. Hasan Sas was first to the deflection, but could not get full contact four metres out with the goal unguarded.

Scores level
Still, on 20 minutes the visitors were level. Michael Reiziger seemed to have cut out the danger from a Galatasaray break with a fine sliding tackle, but Fabio Pinto crossed back in, and Cihan Haspolatli rose unmarked to head in.

Golden opportunity
Fatih Terim's team took heart from this, and for much of the rest of the half looked the more likely to score. Four minutes from the break, they spurned a golden opportunity as Frank de Boer slipped in his own area with the ball at his feet allowing the chasing Baljic a shot at goal from ten metres with only Enke to beat, only for his effort to spin over the bar.

Barcelona ahead
And Barcelona took full advantage on 44 minutes, as Gerard López headed them back in front from Thiago Motta's corner. It was a harsh blow for Galatasaray, not least as they then learned that Lokomotiv were ahead, leaving them needing to win just to avoid finishing fourth in the group.

Geovanni clincher
However, Barcelona looked even stronger in the second half, and took control of the match as their opponents' attacks became increasingly rare. In the 56th minute the home side emphasised their control by adding to their lead, although the goal came out of the blue somewhat as Geovanni's 25-metre shot beat Mondragon at his right-hand post.

Christian forces save
It almost got worse for the visitors when Saviola headed a Gaizka Mendieta cross on to a post with 15 minutes left. But the arrival of Christian up front gave Galatasaray hope, as he first forced Enke to make an excellent save from a 20-metre effort, and then headed the resulting corner on to the inside of the post with the Barcelona goalkeeper beaten. But is was too late for Galatasaray, as Barcelona claimed a joint-record group-winning margin of eleven points.

Last updated: 14/11/02 4.19CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

galatasaray

Galatasaray

25
EnkeRobert Enke (GK)
1
MondragónFaryd Mondragón (GK)
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
3
KorkmazBülent Korkmaz (C)
3
F. de BoerFrank de Boer
Substitution86
4
João BatistaJoão Batista
Substitution61
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
Substitution61
11
Hasan ŞaşHasan Şaş
7
SaviolaJavier Saviola
14
BaljićElvir Baljić
Substitution75
14
GerardGerard
Goal44
17
Fabio PintoFabio Pinto
17
MendietaGaizka Mendieta
Yellow Card28
19
Cihan HaspolatlıCihan Haspolatlı
Goal20
Substitution46
19
Dani GarcíaDani García
Goal10
20
SarrMohamed Sarr
22
GeovanniGeovanni
Goal56
Substitution79
21
Sergio AlmaguerSergio Almaguer
31
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
57
ÜnsalHakan Ünsal
35
Fernando NavarroFernando Navarro
67
PenbeErgün Penbe

Substitutes

1
BonanoRoberto Bonano (GK)
61
BölükbasiMehmet Bölükbasi (GK)
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
2
Mehmet PolatMehmet Polat
8
CocuPhillip Cocu
6
Arif ErdemArif Erdem
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
Substitution79
8
Suat KayaSuat Kaya
Substitution46
10
RiquelmeJuan Riquelme
18
Ayhan AkmanAyhan Akman
Substitution61
Yellow Card90+1
32
OleguerOleguer
Substitution86
23
İnceefeVedat İnceefe
33
TortoleroDani Tortolero
Substitution61
25
ChristianChristian
Substitution75

Coach

Louis van Gaal (NED) Fatih Terim (TUR)

Referee

Dick J.H. van Egmond (NED)

Assistant referees

Jaap J.N. Pool (NED), Eugene H. Theelen (NED)

Fourth official

Ruud Bossen (NED)

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