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Barça progress after early scare

Published: Thursday 10 December 2009, 0.55CET
FC Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 FC Barcelona
The holders recovered from conceding early to advance as Lionel Messi's late strike denied Dynamo a UEFA Europa League berth.
by Andy Brassell
from Valeriy Lobanovskiy Stadium

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Match statistics

Dynamo KyivBarcelona

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
9
Attempts off target0
1
Corners2
 
5
Offsides6
 
4
Fouls committed18
 
15
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 10 December 2009, 0.55CET

Barça progress after early scare

FC Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 FC Barcelona
The holders recovered from conceding early to advance as Lionel Messi's late strike denied Dynamo a UEFA Europa League berth.

FC Barcelona emerged unscathed from a difficult examination by FC Dynamo Kyiv to claim a comeback victory that took them through to the UEFA Champions League first knockout round as Group F winners.

Messi winner
The holders were on the ropes at a chilly Valeriy Lobanovskiy Stadium when Artem Milevskiy headed Dynamo in front inside two minutes, but they fought back to level through Xavi Hernández just past the half-hour before Lionel Messi's imperious late winner removed all doubt. Victory confirmed top spot for Barcelona ahead of FC Internazionale Milano and denied Dynamo a place in the UEFA Europa League as they finished bottom.

Milevskiy strikes
Josep Guardiola's men had not conceded away from home in this season's UEFA Champions League, but Dynamo struck with the first attack of the match. After Gerard Piqué's foul, Andriy Shevchenko swung in a free-kick from the left and Milevskiy's glancing header at the near post caught Víctor Valdés unawares, the ball squirming from the goalkeeper's grasp and into the net. At this stage Dynamo were provisionally in second place.

Barcelona dominate
However, Olexandr Shovkovskiy was not having a much easier night in the Dynamo goal and his miscued clearance almost handed Messi a 13th-minute equaliser. The goalkeeper, though, quickly recovered and dived to push away the Argentinian's left-footed shot. Barça began to monopolise possession, and by midway through the first-half they had enjoyed 80 per cent of the ball, though they were struggling to create clear opportunities. Messi started to drop deep in an attempt to pull the strings and he had a shot deflected wide after a typically surging run.

Xavi leveller
On 33 minutes, the Blaugrana pressure finally told. Messi sent Eric Abidal away on the left and the full-back's low cross allowed Xavi to guide in from close range. Barça continued to move the ball well and on the cusp of the interval Daniel Alves tested Shovkovskiy with a cross-shot after a flowing move. Dynamo's need to set the pace in the second period meant they were vulnerable to counterattacks and Messi was denied a certain goal by Ognjen Vukojević's alert interception. The home side responded well, and Shevchenko delivered another free-kick that Leandro Almeida headed into the side-netting.

Vociferous crowd
Dynamo, encouraged by a vociferous crowd, tried manfully to shape openings, but struggled against a Barcelona rearguard back to its best after their initial uncertainty. In fact the holders looked more likely to score, with only desperate defensive blocks denying Messi, Alves and Andrés Iniesta in quick succession. Dynamo's last throw of the dice was to bring on Miloš Ninković for the more defensive Gérson Magrão in an attempt to wrest control. With just four minutes of normal time left, though, Barça confirmed their superiority, Messi stepping up to curl a magnificent free-kick past Shovkovskiy and end Dynamo's European campaign.

Last updated: 27/11/12 21.34CET

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Lineups

dynamo kyiv

Dynamo Kyiv

barcelona

Barcelona

1
ShovkovskiyOlexandr Shovkovskiy (GK)
1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
3
BetãoBetão
2
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
5
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
Yellow Card55
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
Yellow Card45
Substitution88
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
Yellow Card88
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
10
MilevskiyArtem Milevskiy (C)
Goal2
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Goal33
Yellow Card81
11
R. EremenkoRoman Eremenko
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution82
17
MikhalikTaras Mikhalik
Yellow Card78
9
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Yellow Card77
21
MagrãoGérson Magrão
Substitution75
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal86
25
YussufAyila Yussuf
15
KeitaSeydou Keita
44
Leandro AlmeidaLeandro Almeida
Yellow Card51
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
70
YarmolenkoAndriy Yarmolenko
22
AbidalÉric Abidal

Substitutes

31
BogushStanislav Bogush (GK)
13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
4
GhioaneTiberiu Ghioane
4
MárquezRafael Márquez
Substitution88
8
AliyevOlexandr Aliyev
11
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
20
GusevOleh Gusev
14
HenryThierry Henry
22
KravetsArtem Kravets
17
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution82
26
NesmachniyAndriy Nesmachniy
19
MaxwellMaxwell
36
NinkovićMiloš Ninković
Substitution75
24
Y. TouréYaya Touré

Coach

Valeri Gazzaev (RUS) Josep Guardiola (ESP)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Darren Cann (ENG)

Fourth official

Andre Marriner (ENG)

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