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Youthful Barcelona breeze past BATE

Published: Tuesday 6 December 2011, 23.00CET
FC Barcelona 4-0 FC BATE Borisov
Josep Guardiola's men equalled the group stage record of 20 goals by cruising to victory against already eliminated BATE.
by Graham Hunter
from Camp Nou
Youthful Barcelona breeze past BATE
Sergi Roberto is congratulated after opening the scoring ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BarcelonaBATE

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
0
Attempts off target10
 
2
Corners6
 
0
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed6
 
16
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)70
 
30

Standings

Group H

PPts
1FC Barcelona Barcelona616
2AC Milan Milan69
3FC Viktoria Plzeň Plzeň65
4FC BATE Borisov BATE62
Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:42 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 6 December 2011, 23.00CET

Youthful Barcelona breeze past BATE

FC Barcelona 4-0 FC BATE Borisov
Josep Guardiola's men equalled the group stage record of 20 goals by cruising to victory against already eliminated BATE.

European champions FC Barcelona demonstrated the health of their youth system with a powerful and clear-cut 4-0 defeat of FC BATE Borisov, whose chances of qualifying for the UEFA Europa League knockout stage ended.

Josep Guardiola left out 14 first-team regulars but thanks to goals from prospects Sergi Roberto, Martín Montoya and two from Pedro Rodríguez, Barcelona extended the Belarusian title holders' record of having lost on all their visits to Spain.

Perhaps only Barça could rest 12 UEFA Champions League winners and turn out a side capable of such fluent, technically adept and confident football. In this Group H display Guardiola's youthful team – average age 21.4 years for outfield players – pressed, passed and entertained the crowd as if this was meat and drink to them.

From the opening seconds when Rafinha rapped a fierce shot off the body of BATE keeper Aleksandr Gutor it was clear there was no stage fright. The combination play between Rafinha, Isaac Cuenca and Roberto drove the group winners forward. Despite a minor scare when Maksim Bordachev intercepted a pass aimed at Rafinha and set up Renan Bressan for a mis-hit effort in the 24th minute, the Blaugrana forged ahead.

When Cuenca flicked a pass towards Pedro on the edge of the box, Bordachev's intervention simply teed Roberto up for a side-footed effort beyond Gutor for the opener. Marc Bartra produced an outrageous flick over his own head soon afterwards, about eight metres from the Barça goal line, to clear danger from Artyom Kontsevoi's cross. Roberto slid a simple-looking chance past the post in the 33rd minute yet not long after the break the hosts enforced their clear superiority.

Montoya, rampaging down the right-hand touch line, was supplied with a pinpoint ball from Cuenca and the wing back rattled his shot past Gutor to a massive roar of appreciation. By now BATE were merely stemming the flow and Guardiola's charges had their tails up. Pedro had just seen an audacious first-time chip saved splendidly when, seconds later, another burst of speed from Cuenca and cross to the front post had the man who scored the opening goal in last season's Wembley final producing an instep flick that beat Gutor.

The seal was set in the dying moments when Aleksandr Volodko tripped Cuenca in the penalty area and Pedro rounded the night off by firing in a landmark strike – Barcelona's 20th goal in the section, equalling the group stage record.

Last updated: 08/12/11 0.41CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2012/matches/round=2000263/match=2007655/postmatch/report/index.html#barcelona+breeze+past+bate

Quotes

  • Josep Guardiola

    Read more"The difficult part is going back to playing at grounds in a division down and maintaining that level. But I am very happy with them"

  • Viktor Goncharenko

    Read more"We have had a very tough season and that game finished it. We have no strength left"

Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

bate

BATE

13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK) (C)
30
GutorAleksandr Gutor (GK)
11
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
2
LikhtarovichDmitri Likhtarovich (C)
Substitution67
17
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Goal63
Goal89
5
YurevichAleksandr Yurevich
Yellow Card44
19
MaxwellMaxwell
7
KontsevoiArtem Kontsevoi
24
FontàsAndreu Fontàs
8
A. VolodkoAleksandr Volodko
28
J. Dos SantosJonathan dos Santos
Substitution58
10
Renan BressanRenan Bressan
Substitution77
30
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
Goal35
Substitution79
17
PavlovAleksandr Pavlov
Substitution64
32
BartraMarc Bartra
18
BordachevMaksim Bordachev
34
RafinhaRafinha
Substitution70
21
FilipenkoEgor Filipenko
35
MontoyaMartín Montoya
Goal60
22
SimićMarko Simić
39
Isaac CuencaIsaac Cuenca
25
BagaDmitri Baga

Substitutes

36
Oier OlazábalOier Olazábal (GK)
35
ChesnovskiPavel Chesnovski (GK)
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
11
GordeychukMikhail Gordeychuk
Substitution64
26
Marc MuniesaMarc Muniesa
Substitution58
14
RadkovArtem Radkov
27
DeulofeuGerard Deulofeu
Substitution70
15
SkavyshMaksim Skavysh
29
RiverolaMartí Riverola
Substitution79
23
OlekhnovichEdgar Olekhnovich
Substitution67
33
Sergi GómezSergi Gómez
77
RudikFilipp Rudik
38
Kiko FemeníaKiko Femenía
99
KežmanMateja Kežman
Substitution77

Coach

Josep Guardiola (ESP) Viktor Goncharenko (BLR)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Assistant referees

George Drummond (SCO), Martin Cryans (SCO)

Fourth official

Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Alan Muir (SCO), Bobby Madden (SCO)

Legend:

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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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