Spartak Moscow 0-3 Barcelona: Two More for Messi, Barça Progress
Spartak Moscow 0-3 Barcelona (full time result)
Champions League live commentary
Dani Alves (BAR) 15', Leo Messi (BAR) 26', Leo Messi (BAR) 38'
Spartak Moscow: Dykan; K.Kombarov (Welliton), Suchy, Insaurralde, Makeev; Jurado, Rafa Carioca (Bryzgalov), Kallstrom, D.Kombarov; Ari, Emenike (Jano Ananidze).
Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba (Montoya); Xavi (Song), Busquets, Cesc; Pedro (Deulofeu), Messi, Iniesta.
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Thanks for joining me again this evening, congratulations to Barcelona, commiserations to Spartak—and the Leo Messi record-breaking scoring year rolls on.
80 not out.
Very much a routine and comfortable victory in the end for Barcelona as they seal their route into the knockout stages of the Champions League, while the dream ends here for another season for Spartak Moscow.
Barça will top Group G unless they lose their last match, against Benfica, and Celtic win both of their remaining fixtures. Benfica-Celtic kicks off in about 45 minutes.
Full time in Moscow
Spartak Moscow 0 Barcelona 3
90+2'—One final chance for a consolation goal for Spartak ends when Jano finds Welliton, but his shot is deflected and is easy for Valdes to pick up. That should be just about all over for the action now.
90+1'—Kallstrom goes into the book now as well, for a late tackle on Cesc.
Three minutes to be added on.
89'—Final minutes of the match. The only real surprise of this outcome is that Barcelona have not really endeavoured to add to their tally. Mascherano makes a challenge in midfield on Welliton and is booked by the referee.
86'—Spartak aren't quite finished yet. They send numbers forward again as they break down the left flank, but the initial cross is cut out and when the ball breaks to Kallstrom, it's on his right foot which swipes the shot well over the bar.
Barcelona sub: Martin Montoya on for Jordi Alba.
Barcelona sub: Pedro off, Gerard Deulofeu comes on. Huge prospect.
82'—CHANCE FOR THE HATTRICK. Messi pounces on a poor backpass from Ananidze and rounds the goalkeeper, but Suchy is back at pace to intercept and stop Messi netting yet another goal.
97 passes, 94 percent accuracy. That's Xavi Hernandez's game, which comes to an end now.
Barcelona sub: Alex Song on for Xavi.
80'—Jurado gets on the ball, running towards goal for the first time in about an hour, and he decides to shoot from range. It's on target but is deflected early, running behind for a corner which Barcelona eventually clear.
It looks like Gerard Deulofeu's going to get 15 minutes off the bench for Barcelona. One of the most exciting young players in the world.— FourFourTom (@FourFourTom) November 20, 2012
76'—Good save again from Dykan. Messi speeds into the box, checks back onto his left foot and lays the ball off for Iniesta. His shot is blocked but rebounds to Pedro who tries to fire a low cross in across the six yard box, but the keeper is down to gather.
75'—Two half chances for Barcelona. Messi's free kick firstly goes into a dangerous area but Dykan punches clear, and then Pedro gets down the flank but his cross is easily cut out.
74'—Barça quickly up the tempo of the game and work the ball down the right, and Kombarov ends the move when he clumsily brings Dani Alves to ground.
Spartak sub: Rafael Carioca off, Sergei Bryzgalov
73'—No offside against Welliton as he's played in on goal down the left channel—but Valdes is out quickly to sweep up the ball and pass back into the midfield.
70'—Twenty minutes remaining now and though Spartak haven't fashioned any good chances in this half, their fans should be commended for continuing their fine voice in the stands. Messi and Pedro combine on the right but the return pass is too far ahead of Messi. Makeev almost gets in at the other end moments later but his control is heavy and Victor Valdes gathers the ball.
67'—Victor Valdes is down injured after a strange incident. Welliton is closing him down at pace and stumbles over to the ground, rolling over onto Valdes' shin. He looks fine to continue though.
65'—Not too much in the way of goalmouth incidents to report so far in the second half. Barcelona are very much in control and will sense that, with Spartak looking to still get themselves back in the game, further opportunities to add to the scoreline will present themselves in due course.
Spartak subs: Jano Ananidze on for Emenike and Welliton on for Kirill Kombarov. Watch out for Jano, he's an extremely talented Georgian youngster. Let's see what he brings to the game if they can get him on the ball.
61'—Kim Kallstrom very nearly rockets a 20 yard shot into his own top corner as he attempts to clear the ball. Rafael Carioca is shown a yellow card meanwhile, for an off the ball incident.
59'—Relentless passing from Barcelona. They are content enough to merely keep the ball if they can't create a chance immediately, safe in the knowledge that, sooner or later, they will open up the defence. Spartak are going to make changes soon.
56'—Pedro feeds the ball into Messi's feet and continues his run into the box. Messi lets Cesc overlap on the outside to create the space and then floats a chip back towards Pedro, but there's not enough pace on the ball and Pedro can only head rather tamely straight at the 'keeper.
54'—ANOTHER TOP SAVE! Cesc and Iniesta swap more passes outside the box and the former races into the box, one on one with the goalkeeper and aims for the far post—but a fine save by the boot of Dykan prevents the fourth.
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