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Rakitić fires Barcelona to victory at BATE

Published: Tuesday 20 October 2015, 22.49CET
BATE 0-2 Barcelona
Ivan Rakitić came off the bench to score twice in the second half and earn the Group E pacesetters a comfortable three points in Belarus.
Rakitić fires Barcelona to victory at BATE
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Match statistics

BATEBarcelona

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)32
 
68
Total attempts4
 
21
on target1
 
6
off target1
 
11
blocked2
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners0
9
Offsides4
 
1
Yellow cards6
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed20
 
6
Fouls suffered5
 
20
Passes270
 
787
completed191
 
700

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 14/06/2016 17:09 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 20 October 2015, 22.49CET

Rakitić fires Barcelona to victory at BATE

BATE 0-2 Barcelona
Ivan Rakitić came off the bench to score twice in the second half and earn the Group E pacesetters a comfortable three points in Belarus.

  • Barcelona comfortable winners in Borisov to extend Group E lead
  • Newly crowned Belarusian champions fail to seriously trouble Marc-André ter Stegen
  • First-half substitute Ivan Rakitić makes 48th-minute breakthrough
  • The Croat doubles up 19 minutes into second half from second Neymar assist
  • The teams meet again in the Camp Nou on 4 November

Barcelona moved three points clear at the UEFA Champions League Group E summit with a 2-0 triumph at BATE Borisov.

If BATE were relieved to emerge relatively unscathed from the first half, that sentiment barely survived the restart as Ivan Rakitić quickly netted with aplomb. The Croatia midfielder, an 18th-minute replacement for Sergi Roberto, scored again on 65 minutes to consolidate Barça's pole position above Bayer Leverkusen.

Sergei Chernik made early saves from Neymar and, from successive corners, Luis Suárez and Munir El Haddadi as Barcelona placed a firm grip on proceedings. The European champions' high pressing seemed to strangle their hosts at times, though the attacking plan from Aleksandr Yermakovich's men – when evident – was clear: try to get balls into the Barcelona box.

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Ivan Rakitić celebrates with Luis Suárez

Four days after clinching their tenth consecutive Belarusian title, BATE were endeavouring to add to matchday two's scalp of Roma. With practice proving more difficult than theory, however, they were grateful to see Sergio Busquets' effort bounce a whisker wide on the half-hour. Luis Enrique's team had lost their previous two away games; the possibility of a third such defeat would have become more remote had Rakitić not wasted a free header from Daniel Alves's cross.

Neymar had scored four at the weekend yet when his curler went askew it confirmed a goalless first half. No matter, as three minutes after the interval the Brazilian teed up Rakitić to arrow in the opener from just outside the area. Neymar and Munir then shot narrowly wide, before the former picked out Rakitić for a glorious dink over Chernik.

To the home side's credit, Nikolai Signevich elicited two late saves from Marc-André ter Stegen in the wake of a barnstorming run from Filip Mladenović. It brought some small reward for the unrelenting Borisov-Arena supporters, but the points were emphatically Barcelona's.

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Last updated: 11/11/15 14.43CET

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Lineups

bate

BATE

barcelona

Barcelona

16
ChernikSergei Chernik (GK)
1
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
3
GaiduchikVitali Gaiduchik
Yellow Card61
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
8
A. VolodkoAleksandr Volodko (C)
Yellow Card88
5
BusquetsSergio Busquets (C)
Yellow Card23
Substitution72
10
NikolićNemanja Nikolić
Substitution65
6
Dani AlvesDani Alves
Yellow Card41
13
SignevichNikolai Signevich
Substitution79
9
SuárezLuis Suárez
19
MilunovićNemanja Milunović
Yellow Card83
11
NeymarNeymar
22
StasevichIgor Stasevich
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
25
MladenovićFilip Mladenović
15
BartraMarc Bartra
33
Polyakov                      Denis Polyakov
Yellow Card29
17
El HaddadiMunir El Haddadi
Substitution70
42
M. VolodkoMaksim Volodko
Yellow Card43
Substitution62
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
62
GordeichukMikhail Gordeichuk
20
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
Substitution18

Substitutes

34
SorokoArtem Soroko (GK)
13
BravoClaudio Bravo (GK)
5
YablonskiEvgeni Yablonski
Substitution65
4
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution18
Goal48
Goal64
7
KarnitskiAleksandr Karnitski
Substitution62
Yellow Card82
19
Sandro RamírezSandro Ramírez
Substitution70
9
AleksievichIlya Aleksievich
21
AdrianoAdriano
17
RiosAleksei Rios
23
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
18
MozolevskiDmitri Mozolevski
Substitution79
24
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
55
BagaDmitri Baga
28
GumbauGerard Gumbau
Substitution72
Yellow Card74

Coach

Aleksandr Yermakovich (BLR) Luis Enrique (ESP)

Referee

Manuel De Sousa (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Alvaro Mesquita (POR)

Fourth official

Ricardo Santos (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Xistra (POR), João Capela (POR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution