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Messi shines as Barcelona progress at Spartak

Published: Tuesday 20 November 2012, 20.18CET
FC Spartak Moskva 0-3 FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi's first-half brace helped the visitors seal qualification from Group G with a match to spare and ended the challenge of their Russian hosts.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Stadion Luzhniki

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Spartak MoskvaBarcelona

Goals scored0
3
on target2
 
10
off target7
 
3
Corners2
 
6
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed12
 
7
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)35
 
65

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2013 21:17 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 20 November 2012, 20.18CET

Messi shines as Barcelona progress at Spartak

FC Spartak Moskva 0-3 FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi's first-half brace helped the visitors seal qualification from Group G with a match to spare and ended the challenge of their Russian hosts.

FC Barcelona produced a scintillating first-half display to reach the UEFA Champions League knockout stage and end the qualification hopes of FC Spartak Moskva in the process.

The Blaugrana were inspired by Lionel Messi, who had a role in all three goals. The Argentinian international's mesmerising run helped set up Daniel Alves's fine 16th-minute opener, before he doubled his side's lead with a scuffed effort. The 25-year-old completed the scoring six minutes before the break with his fifth goal in as many Group G outings.

The visitors quickly settled into their rhythm in Moscow, leaving Unai Emery's team to chase shadows for most of the first period. They were having real difficulty in stopping Messi and Xavi Hernández and it was no surprise that the No10 had more than a helping hand in the opening goal.

Messi went on a mazy run, which the Spartak defence partially halted. The ball dropped kindly for Alves, who unleashed a powerful right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area which whistled past goalkeeper Andriy Dykan.

Spartak were being completely outplayed, though their cause might have been aided somewhat had Dmitri Kombarov, Marek Suchý and Emmanuel Emenike not squandered presentable chances. All three were guilty of blazing over from close range as the Barcelona defence looked less than secure.

The Spanish Liga pacesetters nevertheless increased their advantage on 27 minutes. Messi's stunning pass put Andrés Iniesta in on goal, and while Dykan did well to parry his shot, the ball dropped to the forward, whose strike on the follow-up found its way into the back of the net. If it was not already over, the game was made safe before the interval. Sergio Busquets this time turned provider as his excellent pass found Messi, who easily rounded Dykan to score.

With the points wrapped up, it was hardly surprising that the intensity of Tito Vilanova's side slowed in the second half. However, the Catalan outfit were still creating opportunities with Iniesta, having been released by Cesc Fàbregas, eliciting a smart stop from Dykan. Spartak tried hard yet could not so much as muster a consolation as Barcelona cantered into the last 16.

Last updated: 06/12/12 0.06CET

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Quotes

  • Unai Emery

    Read more"I would say that things got away from us with the 3-2 home defeat against Celtic FC when we seemed to have everything going for us"

  • Tito Vilanova

    Read more"Each and every day, Lionel Messi doesn't fail to surprise with his ambition and his eagerness to win and help out his team-mates"

Lineups

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

barcelona

Barcelona

31
DykanAndriy Dykan (GK) (C)
1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
2
InsaurraldeJuan Insaurralde
2
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
Goal16
6
Rafael CariocaRafael Carioca
Yellow Card62
Substitution75
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
7
K. KombarovKirill Kombarov
Substitution63
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
9
AriAri
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández (C)
Substitution81
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
19
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal27
Goal39
21
KällströmKim Källström
Yellow Card90+2
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
Yellow Card90
23
D. KombarovDmitri Kombarov
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
29
EmenikeEmmanuel Emenike
Substitution63
17
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Yellow Card36
Substitution85
34
MakeevEvgeni Makeev
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Substitution87

Substitutes

42
ChernyshukSergei Chernyshuk (GK)
13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
3
BryzgalovSergei Bryzgalov
Substitution75
5
PuyolCarles Puyol
4
Makhmudov Emin Makhmudov
7
VillaDavid Villa
11
WellitonWelliton
Substitution63
12
J. Dos SantosJonathan dos Santos
14
YakovlevPavel Yakovlev
19
MontoyaMartín Montoya
Substitution87
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
25
SongAlex Song
Substitution81
49
AnanidzeJano Ananidze
Substitution63
27
DeulofeuGerard Deulofeu
Substitution85

Coach

Unai Emery (ESP) Tito Vilanova (ESP)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Miro Grgić (CRO)

Fourth official

Dalibor Conjar (CRO)

Additional assistant referees

Domagoj Vučkov (CRO), Goran Gabrilo (CRO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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