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Messi mastery takes Barcelona top

Published: Wednesday 20 October 2010, 22.30CET
FC Barcelona 2-0 FC København
Lionel Messi buried a first-half cracker and doubled his tally in added time to lift his side above the beaten visitors to the Group D summit.
by Graham Hunter
from Camp Nou

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Match statistics

BarcelonaKøbenhavn

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners7
 
3
Offsides6
 
8
Fouls committed8
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 20 October 2010, 22.30CET

Messi mastery takes Barcelona top

FC Barcelona 2-0 FC København
Lionel Messi buried a first-half cracker and doubled his tally in added time to lift his side above the beaten visitors to the Group D summit.

A crashing Lionel Messi drive in the first half and a late second from the same player gave FC Barcelona the victory over FC København which many expected, yet the 2-0 scoreline reflected a night of frustration and nerves.

The Danish visitors showed intelligence, patience and enormous stamina to stay in a game in which they occasionally looked ready to be swamped. Despite the fact that Daniel Alves hit a post late on, the more emblematic chance came when William Kvist attempted to lob stand-in Barcelona goalkeeper José Pinto from near the halfway line and almost succeeded. Only when Messi bundled in during added time to add to his fine opener were the points secured, lifting the hosts above FCK to the Group D summit.

Both sides gave early indications of how the absorbing match would develop. Having promised he would open the scoring, David Villa took just over three minutes to come within millimetres of doing so, turning and clipping an effort onto the crossbar from Messi's pass. Despite Andrés Iniesta taking almost complete control of the direction and tempo of the match, FCK proved that they had completely understood coach Ståle Solbakken's game plan, using every counterattack with thought, pace and confidence. It was the pattern for the entire night.

Messi had already headed into the hands of goalkeeper Johan Wiland from close range when he thundered in the opener on 18 minutes. Iniesta found an island of space in busy waters and slipped a nice pass to the Argentinian international, who took his tally to 28 goals from 47 UEFA Champions League outings from outside the area. His 29th would follow later.

When Iniesta pulled off a footballing Houdini trick to escape from Martin Vingaard and Claudemir it nearly brought the house down, but there was no second goal to put the game to bed. Unsurprisingly, FCK endeavoured to punish that fact as César Santin and, in particular, Dame N'Doye worked ceaselessly to find a surprise equaliser.

Alves, Messi and Villa all missed chances and, almost inevitably, they were nearly caught with a sucker punch when N'Doye used his power to shrug off Carles Puyol midway through the second half and unleash a blistering effort which beat Pinto – in for the ill Víctor Valdés – before cannoning off the bar. Santin then headed the rebound wide and Alves somehow slid in a block to prevent substitute Christián Bolaños scoring from five metres out as the scene was set for Messi to strike again.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.07CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

københavn

København

13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
21
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
2
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
2
PospěchZdeněk Pospěch
Yellow Card68
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
6
ClaudemirClaudemir
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
8
KvistWilliam Kvist (C)
7
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution73
10
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Yellow Card81
Substitution89
11
SantinCésar Santin
Substitution74
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal19
Goal90+2
14
N'DoyeDame N'Doye
Yellow Card61
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
15
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
17
WendtOscar Wendt
Substitution89
19
MaxwellMaxwell
Substitution73
20
VingaardMartin Vingaard
Substitution62
22
AbidalÉric Abidal
25
JørgensenMathias Jørgensen

Substitutes

31
MiñoRubén Miño (GK)
1
ChristensenKim Christensen (GK)
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution73
4
NørregaardHjalte Nørregaard
9
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
12
LarssonPeter Larsson
Substitution89
11
Jeffren SuárezJeffren Suárez
16
KristensenThomas Kristensen
15
KeitaSeydou Keita
Substitution89
18
ZohoreKenneth Zohore
Substitution74
17
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution73
27
DelaneyThomas Delaney
21
AdrianoAdriano
30
BolañosChristián Bolaños
Substitution62

Coach

Josep Guardiola (ESP) Ståle Solbakken (NOR)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Eric Dansault (FRA), Laurent Ugo (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Malige (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Antony Gautier (FRA), Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

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