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Bullish Barcelona make light work of Shakhtar

Published: Wednesday 6 April 2011, 22.51CET
FC Barcelona 5-1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
A last-four tie between Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid CF is almost certain after Josep Guardiola's side claimed a telling first-leg lead.
by Graham Hunter
from Camp Nou

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Match statistics

BarcelonaShakhtar Donetsk

Goals scored5
 
1
Attempts on target10
 
2
Attempts off target7
 
4
Corners4
 
3
Offsides3
 
5
Fouls committed9
 
20
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 6 April 2011, 22.51CET

Bullish Barcelona make light work of Shakhtar

FC Barcelona 5-1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
A last-four tie between Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid CF is almost certain after Josep Guardiola's side claimed a telling first-leg lead.

FC Barcelona have one foot in the semi-finals, with Real Madrid CF their likely opponents, after soaring to a wonderful 5-1 victory over FC Shakhtar Donetsk that left the visitors ruing a hatful of first-half misses.

Everyone danced to Lionel Messi's beat but the goals carried the signatures of Andrés Iniesta, Daniel Alves, Gerard Piqué, Seydou Keita and Xavi Hernández. Nevertheless, Mircea Lucescu will know the opportunities his side wasted, plus Yaroslav Rakitskiy's second-half goal, meant that until Xavi wrapped things up four minutes from time the tie remained tantalising.

The quarter-final first leg was absorbing from the off. The Ukrainian titleholders were already beginning to move the ball with slick menace when Messi flew off on a trademark dribble. Amid the trail of destruction he left, Iniesta seized possession and finished right-footed past Andriy Pyatov.

There were just two minutes on the clock yet Lucescu's side play with the quick-passing verve of the Spanish champions and reacted with such ferocity that they might have scored three before Barça increased their advantage. Four minutes after Iniesta's breakthrough, Willian cut in from the left and despite the improbable angle forced a brilliant save from Víctor Valdés.

Luiz Adriano then had two one-on-one chances against the overworked home goalkeeper, coming second best on both occasions, before Valdés raced out to clear brilliantly from the Brazilian striker as Alves horribly misplaced a pass. His excellence earned him a bit of luck, too, with Willian volleying just wide of Valdés' vacated goal.

Messi in particular hauled Barcelona back into the game, tirelessly dragging Shakhtar's markers this way and that until Iniesta had time and space to clip a pass which intersected Alves' perfectly timed sprint beyond the offside trap. He controlled on the run and prodded past Pyatov.

The danger, for Barcelona, was that the Pitmen played with blistering pace up front and, missing Carles Puyol and Eric Abidal, Sergio Busquets was tested to the limit at sweeper. However, the hosts emerged after the restart back at full tilt. Messi and David Villa had attempts on goal before Piqué, taking advantage of a well-worked Xavi corner, drove home his second goal in as many games eight minutes in.

His effort took a deflection off Rakitskiy but there was redemption for the Shakhtar defender when he directed in Darijo Srna's free-kick on the hour. Following immediately after the booking of Iniesta, which means he misses the second leg, there was a momentary hush at the Camp Nou. But only a moment. Within 60 seconds Messi's run and glided pass allowed Keita thrash into the top corner to the rapture of the home crowd.

Still Shakhtar responded, Luiz Adriano smashing a shot off Valdés' right-hand post, with the ball bouncing back to the keeper. Messi had a goal ruled offside before Xavi rounded things off, in the process all but ending the slender ambitions of the visitors.

Last updated: 27/11/12 9.14CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

shakhtar donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk

1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
30
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
2
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
Goal34
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
Substitution82
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
Goal53
8
JádsonJádson
Substitution70
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández (C)
Goal86
9
Luiz AdrianoLuiz Adriano
7
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution70
10
WillianWillian
Substitution75
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Goal2
Yellow Card59
Substitution90+1
20
Douglas CostaDouglas Costa
10
MessiLionel Messi
22
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
26
RaţRăzvan Raţ
Yellow Card51
15
KeitaSeydou Keita
Goal61
32
IshchenkoMykola Ishchenko
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
33
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
21
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution77
44
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
Goal60
Yellow Card66

Substitutes

31
MiñoRubén Miño (GK)
12
KhudzhamovRustam Khudzhamov (GK)
9
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
7
FernandinhoFernandinho
Substitution70
Yellow Card77
17
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution70
11
EduardoEduardo
Substitution82
18
MilitoGabriel Milito
14
KobinVasyl Kobin
19
MaxwellMaxwell
Substitution77
15
StepanenkoTaras Stepanenko
20
AfellayIbrahim Afellay
Substitution90+1
29
Alex TeixeiraAlex Teixeira
Substitution75
30
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
36
ChyzhovOlexandr Chyzhov

Coach

Josep Guardiola (ESP) Mircea Lucescu (ROU)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Francis Andrews (SCO), Graham Chambers (SCO)

Fourth official

William Collum (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Alan Muir (SCO), Calum Murray (SCO)

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