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Barcelona win Group F ahead of Paris

Published: Wednesday 10 December 2014, 23.13CET
FC Barcelona 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain
The home side came from behind to claim first place in Group F, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez overturning Zlatan Ibrahimović's opener.
by Graham Hunter
from Camp Nou

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Match statistics

BarcelonaParis

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)59
 
41
Total attempts12
 
10
on target5
 
3
off target4
 
4
blocked3
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
3
Offsides1
 
3
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
11
Passes660
 
430
completed613
 
387

Standings

Group F

PPts
FC Barcelona Barcelona615
Paris Saint-Germain Paris613
AFC Ajax Ajax65
APOEL FC APOEL61

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 25/06/2015 17:51 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 10 December 2014, 23.13CET

Barcelona win Group F ahead of Paris

FC Barcelona 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain
The home side came from behind to claim first place in Group F, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez overturning Zlatan Ibrahimović's opener.

Barcelona come from behind to beat Paris to first place in Group F
Zlatan Ibrahimović scores third goal against Barcelona since departing
Lionel Messi levels with record-extending 75th UEFA Champions League goal
Neymar (42) and Luis Suárez (77) clinch points, latter's first Camp Nou goal
Round of 16 draw takes place in Nyon at 12.00CET on 15 December

FC Barcelona claimed first place in UEFA Champions League Group F at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain, the Catalan club's exceptional firepower ensuring they will avoid the other section leaders in Monday's draw.

The essential objective for each of these clubs was a result which guaranteed winning Group F; only a victory would do for Barcelona while Paris needed just a point. But anticipation was also high at the prospect of blue-riband football, and the night duly provided moments which will stand comparison with anything else the season provides.

Home coach Luis Enrique's bold switch to a 3-4-3 did not have the desired effect. Barcelona had conceded space down the touchlines in their defeat at Paris, yet when Zlatan Ibrahimović set Lucas away down the right, the Brazilian had time to supply Blaise Matuidi in the box. A neat lay-off and the Swede thumped in the opening goal.

The Matuidi-Ibrahimović combination began to dominate, their power, technique and understanding often leaving Barcelona gasping for breath and wondering where so many gaps were coming from. Luckily for the hosts, they had a special moment of their own up their sleeves.

Javier Mascherano, in midfield again, displayed his vision and technique with a long ball over the shoulder of Luis Suárez's marker. The striker's cushioned volley across goal gave Lionel Messi the chance to slide his 75th UEFA Champions League goal. 

The message that the profligate are punished in elite competition was underlined before the break. Lucas missed an opportunity laid on a plate for him by Ibrahimović and Matuidi before Marc-André ter Stegen saved from Edinson Cavani when the percentages favoured the striker.

Thus, as night follows day, Barcelona scored. Neymar burst away from the Paris defence and crafted an explosive, dipping swerving shot from distance which beat Salvatore Sirigu, bringing the stadium to ecstasy.

Unbowed, Paris regrouped at half-time and only Marc Bartra's athletic heroics denied them an equaliser when Lucas caused chaos and Cavani's goal-bound effort was blocked. Maxwell, too, missed his kick in the penalty box when scoring looked simpler.

Again there was a cost. An intricate move starting with Suárez and Messi led to Neymar's shot only being parried by Sirigu and the Uruguayan tapped in the rebound to maintain Barcelona's run of winning their group, stretching back to 2006/07.

Last updated: 29/05/15 4.29CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2015/matches/round=2000548/match=2014389/postmatch/report/index.html#barca+first+paris+second

Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

paris

Paris

1
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
2
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva (C)
5
Sergio BusquetsSergio Busquets
7
LucasLucas
7
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution68
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta (C)
Substitution73
9
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Yellow Card57
9
Luis SuárezLuis Suárez
Goal77
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Goal15
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal19
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
Substitution75
11
NeymarNeymar
Goal42
17
MaxwellMaxwell
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
15
BartraMarc Bartra
Substitution90+2
24
VerrattiMarco Verratti
Substitution62
24
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
32
David LuizDavid Luiz

Substitutes

13
BravoClaudio Bravo (GK)
1
DouchezNicolas Douchez (GK)
4
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution68
4
CabayeYohan Cabaye
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution73
5
MarquinhosMarquinhos
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
21
DigneLucas Digne
20
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Substitution75
21
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution90+2
25
RabiotAdrien Rabiot
31
El HaddadiMunir El Haddadi
27
PastoreJavier Pastore
Substitution62

Coach

Luis Enrique (ESP) Laurent Blanc (FRA)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Darren Cann (ENG)

Fourth official

Stephen Child (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Andre Marriner (ENG), Anthony Taylor (ENG)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution