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Five-star Barcelona make light work of BATE

Published: Wednesday 28 September 2011, 22.37CET
FC BATE Borisov 0-5 FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi struck twice as the UEFA Champions League holders sauntered to victory in Minsk, meting full punishment for a series of defensive errors.

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Match statistics

BATEBarcelona

Goals scored0
5
Attempts on target0
12
Attempts off target4
 
10
Corners1
 
11
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed11
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)34
 
66

Standings

Group H

PPts
1AC Milan Milan24
2FC Barcelona Barcelona24
3FC BATE Borisov BATE21
4FC Viktoria Plzeň Plzeň21
Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:30 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 28 September 2011, 22.37CET

Five-star Barcelona make light work of BATE

FC BATE Borisov 0-5 FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi struck twice as the UEFA Champions League holders sauntered to victory in Minsk, meting full punishment for a series of defensive errors.

Lionel Messi struck twice as FC Barcelona claimed their first away win of the season in some style against FC BATE Borisov.

Josep Guardiola's side had drawn their previous three games on their travels 2-2, but the run never looked likely to continue in this UEFA Champions League Group H fixture. The home side only had themselves to blame for first-half goals from Pedro Rodríguez and Messi after Aleksandr Volodko had put through his own net. They could do nothing about Messi's second of the night, with David Villa salting their wounds at the death.

On Tuesday Filipp Rudik jokingly suggested BATE would just have to "kick the ball out of play and hope for the best" but for much of the opening period the chance would have been a fine thing. The Catalan giants set up camp deep in opposition territory, pitching the ball one way and then the other. Supposedly part of a three-man defence, Éric Abidal and Daniel Alves rarely ventured into their own half.

Alves was at the heart of the opener on 19 minutes as his deep cross was turned in by Volodko, all too aware of the presence of Messi on his shoulder. The BATE right-back was not the only one harbouring culpability by half-time. Three minutes later Villa's teasing cross coaxed Aleksandr Gutor off his line, allowing Pedro to head into an unguarded net as he peeled off Maksim Bordachev with ease.

It got worse seven before the break when Gutor failed to hold a regulation Villa cross and the ball fell to Messi – the No10 rarely needs an invitation. Goalkeeper Gutor said his "soul was singing" after the 2-0 play-off win at SK Sturm Graz that took the Belarusian title holders through to the group stage; it must have sounded like a dirge as he trudged off for half-time in drizzly Minsk.

The mood darkened further 11 minutes after half-time when Messi combined with Alves on the right, superbly cushioning the return pass before lashing into the roof of the net from 15 metres. It was the 24-year-old's 194th competitive goal for the club, joining László Kubala in second on Barcelona's all-time list: only César Rodríguez (235) is ahead. How lone BATE striker Mateja Kežman longed for such service.

He had none, even if the hosts did improve as Barcelona took their foot of the pedal before Villa got on the act after more lax defending late on. There is work to do before BATE travel to AC Milan on 18 October, when Barcelona host FC Viktoria Plzeň.

Last updated: 22/10/13 9.22CET

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Lineups

bate

BATE

barcelona

Barcelona

30
GutorAleksandr Gutor (GK)
1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
7
KontsevoiArtem Kontsevoi
2
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
Yellow Card77
8
A. VolodkoAleksandr Volodko
Goal19
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
10
Renan BressanRenan Bressan
Substitution82
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution60
18
BordachevMaksim Bordachev
7
VillaDavid Villa
Goal90
21
FilipenkoEgor Filipenko (C)
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal38
Goal56
22
SimićMarko Simić
Yellow Card81
11
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
23
OlekhnovichEdgar Olekhnovich
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
25
BagaDmitri Baga
15
KeitaSeydou Keita
77
RudikFilipp Rudik
Substitution60
17
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Goal22
Substitution69
99
KežmanMateja Kežman
Substitution56
22
AbidalÉric Abidal
Substitution61

Substitutes

35
ChesnovskiPavel Chesnovski (GK)
13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
2
LikhtarovichDmitri Likhtarovich
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
11
GordeychukMikhail Gordeychuk
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution60
14
RadkovArtem Radkov
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
15
SkavyshMaksim Skavysh
Substitution56
19
MaxwellMaxwell
Substitution69
19
AleksiyanKirill Aleksiyan
Substitution60
21
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution61
26
KurlovichVadim Kurlovich
Substitution82
24
FontàsAndreu Fontàs

Coach

Viktor Goncharenko (BLR) Josep Guardiola (ESP)

Referee

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

Assistant referees

Markus Häcker (GER), Guido Kleve (GER)

Fourth official

Guido Winkmann (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Babak Rafati (GER), Peter Sippel (GER)

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