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Messi and Barcelona march past Plzeň

Published: Tuesday 1 November 2011, 22.53CET
FC Viktoria Plzeň 0-4 FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi struck a hat-trick, the first his 200th goal for Barcelona, as Josep Guardiola's side cruised into the round of 16 against the Czech champions.
by Ian Holyman
from Eden Stadium

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Match statistics

PlzeňBarcelona

Goals scored0
4
Attempts on target1
 
12
Attempts off target2
 
7
Corners2
 
3
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed17
 
11
Yellow cards5
 
1
Red cards1
 
0
Possession (%)29
 
71

Standings

Group H

PPts
1FC Barcelona Barcelona410
2AC Milan Milan48
3FC BATE Borisov BATE42
4FC Viktoria Plzeň Plzeň41
Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:37 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 1 November 2011, 22.53CET

Messi and Barcelona march past Plzeň

FC Viktoria Plzeň 0-4 FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi struck a hat-trick, the first his 200th goal for Barcelona, as Josep Guardiola's side cruised into the round of 16 against the Czech champions.

A Lionel Messi hat-trick smoothed FC Barcelona's progress into the knockout stages as the holders eased to a 4-0 win against ten-man FK Viktoria Plzeň.

The unlikely hopes raised by the Czech champions' breathless start were dashed following Marián Čišovský's 22nd-minute dismissal, which afforded Messi the opportunity to score his 200th goal for Barça with a nonchalant penalty. He then brought up a half-century of strikes for 2011 just before the break and claimed a second hat-trick in as many games in added time after Cesc Fàbregas had headed in the third. It means both Barcelona and AC Milan have sealed their places in the last 16 with two games to spare.

Prior to kick-off, Plzeň captain Pavel Horváth had joked his team were eyeing a shock victory, but the hosts' punchy opening suggested there was substance to his light-hearted banter. When Barcelona conceded possession cheaply, Milan Petržela's devastating burst of speed took him clear only for Víctor Valdés to foil him before Daniel Kolář shot over.

There was a limit to Barça's generosity, though, and they snapped into their stride when Plzeň's guard dropped. The hosts were vulnerable when they gave the ball away outside their own box – Čišovský's desperate lunge stopped Messi as he shaped to shoot, but also sent the Argentinian tumbling. With the Slovakian defender sent off, Messi retained his poise to side-foot in from the spot.

With his team-mates seemingly content to allow him to hog the limelight, Messi kept Roman Pavlík warm on a chilly evening in the Czech capital. The 35-year-old goalkeeper, who was making his group stage debut, turned aside a pair of Messi drives, but when the impish forward exchanged passes with Adriano inside the box, Pavlík could not prevent the Barça star doubling his team's lead.

Fàbregas came within a whisker of fluffing Barça's cushion to a comfortable three goals shortly after the restart, and only an imperious flying save from Pavlík halted a dipping Messi free-kick as their pair resumed their personal duel.

Plzeň's forward forays were understandably limited, but when David Limberský's cross found Petržela unmarked at the back post, the Czech international should have done better than volley into the side netting. Fàbregas did not make the same mistake when Isaac Cuenca's flighted centre found him six metres out before Messi latched on to Gerard Piqué's back-heel to make it four and seal a two-point lead over Milan ahead of their matchday five meeting in Italy.

Last updated: 27/11/12 18.57CET

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Lineups

plzeň

Plzeň

barcelona

Barcelona

33
PavlíkRoman Pavlík (GK)
Yellow Card72
1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
6
PilařVáclav Pilař
Yellow Card16
2
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
Yellow Card49
Substitution71
8
LimberskýDavid Limberský
Yellow Card60
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
10
HorváthPavel Horváth (C)
Yellow Card75
Substitution78
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Goal72
11
PetrželaMilan Petržela
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
18
BystroňDavid Bystroň
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal24
Goal45+2
Goal90+2
20
JiráčekPetr Jiráček
Yellow Card75
11
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
23
BakošMarek Bakoš
Substitution24
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
Substitution65
26
KolářDaniel Kolář
Substitution68
21
AdrianoAdriano
27
RajtoralFrantišek Rajtoral
22
AbidalÉric Abidal
Substitution73
28
ČišovskýMarián Čišovský
Red Card22
39
Isaac CuencaIsaac Cuenca

Substitutes

30
TicháčekMartin Ticháček (GK)
13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
5
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
Substitution68
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
9
FilloMartin Fillo
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
14
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
Substitution78
9
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
Substitution73
15
ŠevinskýFrantišek Ševinský
Substitution24
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
16
DaridaVladimír Darida
15
KeitaSeydou Keita
Substitution65
17
HoraJakub Hora
19
MaxwellMaxwell
Substitution71

Coach

Pavel Vrba (CZE) Josep Guardiola (ESP)

Referee

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Assistant referees

Alain Hoxha (AUT), Norbert Schwab (AUT)

Fourth official

Rene Eisner (AUT)

Additional assistant referees

Oliver Drachta (AUT), Thomas Gangl (AUT)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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