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Barcelona through as Messi gives Shakhtar lesson

Published: Tuesday 12 April 2011, 22.55CET
FC Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 FC Barcelona (agg: 1-6)
Lionel Messi completed a resounding aggregate win as the Catalan giants became the first side to defeat Shakhtar at the Donbass Arena in Europe.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Donbass Arena

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Match statistics

Shakhtar DonetskBarcelona

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target5
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
8
Corners5
 
4
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed22
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 12 April 2011, 22.55CET

Barcelona through as Messi gives Shakhtar lesson

FC Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 FC Barcelona (agg: 1-6)
Lionel Messi completed a resounding aggregate win as the Catalan giants became the first side to defeat Shakhtar at the Donbass Arena in Europe.

FC Barcelona are through to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the fourth successive season after a 1-0 victory rounded off a 6-1 aggregate triumph.

Shakhtar played valiantly and created a couple of excellent early chances. However, as in the first leg poor finishing was their Achilles heel and once the Spanish visitors had weathered that early storm, Lionel Messi's effortless strike just before half-time sent the visitors through to the last four. They will now meet either Tottenham Hotspur FC or, more likely, arch-rivals Real Madrid CF.

Knowing they had to score at least four times to have any chance of a massive shock, Shakhtar made an express start. A brilliant pass by Jadson put fellow Brazilian Douglas Costa through on goal, but the 20-year-old failed to properly connect with his strike, shooting straight at the advancing Víctor Valdés.

The Barcelona goalkeeper repeated his magnetic trick midway through the half, positioning himself perfectly to receive Jadson's shot on the turn following a pinpoint cross from Vasyl Kobin on his first UEFA Champions League start. Those two close calls sprung Josep Guardiola's team to life and the danger signs were there as left-back Adriano and Messi, who had been well marshalled by Shakhtar's makeshift defence, both went close. Fatally for the hosts, the warning was not heeded.

Two minutes before the interval the mercurial No10 escaped his markers again, cushioning Daniel Alves' ball with time and space on the edge of the penalty area. He ghosted past Yaroslav Rakitskiy's desperate challenge before cooling slotting left-footed beyond the helpless Andriy Pyatov. Messi's ninth UEFA Champions League goal of the season took the Argentina striker to 48 in all competitions this term for Barcelona, surpassing Ronaldo's 1996/97 club record.

With the aggregate result a foregone conclusion the second half felt like a procession as Barcelona were content to sit back and retain possession. Ibrahim Afellay almost doubled the lead on 59 minutes when Messi's incisive run left Mykola Ishchenko and Henrik Mkhitaryan in his wake, before he laid the ball off. The Dutch international's shot was well saved by Pyatov.

Mkhitaryan had a good chance to preserve Shakhtar's unbeaten record in European competition at the Donbass Arena alive with 15 minutes to go, but the Armenian international shot straight at Valdés. There was still time for substitute Marcelo Moreno to produce the miss of the match, somehow failing to convert Mkhitaryan's low cross from less than two metres out.

It summed up Shakhtar's night and first quarter-final tie; for Barcelona it is onwards and upwards, to the familiar ground of the last four.

Last updated: 27/11/12 16.55CET

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Lineups

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Shakhtar Donetsk

barcelona

Barcelona

30
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman (C)
Substitution75
2
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
8
JádsonJádson
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
Substitution70
9
Luiz AdrianoLuiz Adriano
Substitution66
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández (C)
Substitution66
10
WillianWillian
7
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution75
13
ShevchukVyacheslav Shevchuk
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal43
14
KobinVasyl Kobin
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
20
Douglas CostaDouglas Costa
Substitution58
15
KeitaSeydou Keita
22
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
Yellow Card56
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
32
IshchenkoMykola Ishchenko
Yellow Card60
20
AfellayIbrahim Afellay
44
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
21
AdrianoAdriano

Substitutes

12
KhudzhamovRustam Khudzhamov (GK)
13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
7
FernandinhoFernandinho
Substitution75
11
Jeffren SuárezJeffren Suárez
Substitution75
11
EduardoEduardo
Substitution58
17
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution66
19
GaiOlexiy Gai
18
MilitoGabriel Milito
Substitution70
Yellow Card71
29
Alex TeixeiraAlex Teixeira
19
MaxwellMaxwell
38
KryvtsovSerhiy Kryvtsov
26
FontàsAndreu Fontàs
99
Marcelo MorenoMarcelo Moreno
Substitution66
30
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara

Coach

Mircea Lucescu (ROU) Josep Guardiola (ESP)

Referee

Florian Meyer (GER)

Assistant referees

Holger Henschel (GER), Christoph Bornhorst (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Sippel (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Christian Dingert (GER), Marc Seemann (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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