UEFA Champions League: Barcelona vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, Live
While Schalke 04 produced the upset of this round, perhaps the biggest in all of club football this season by defeating an arguably superior Inter Milan side 5-2, Tottenham Hotspur’s Peter Crouch has written a new chapter on poor decision-making.
After the first leg, both Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur fancy little to no chance of progressing to the next round. It’ll be a while before we see Tottenham competing in Europe’s premier club competition again.
FC Barcelona on the other hand are one step closer in securing a third consecutive La Liga crown. It remains to be seen whether the Blaugrana can produce an equally efficient performance against Shakhtar as their eternal rivals, Real Madrid, in their encounter with Tottenham.
The Ukraine side has proven to be a rather tough opponent for Pep Guardiola’s squad. On top of that, under Guardiola the Blaugrana have yet to register an away victory in the Champions League.
Assuming that Shakhtar remodel their half of the pitch into an Airbus factory, this will be the sternest test for Barca in their remaining campaign.
On the positive side of things, Maxwell and, more crucially, Pedro are cleared to play for the Blaugrana. The downside, FC Barcelona plays Shakhtar Donetsk at the Camp Nou first. This tie can go either way, intense and engaging or just another boring 90 minutes of “how to camp in the Camp Nou, with special foreword by Jose Mourinho.”
At any rate, I hope you guys join me as I try to cover the FC Barcelona/Shakhtar tie with this live blog.
And it's over. Six goals in total but I still feel that the Blaugrana have been off their best. Lionel Messi is enduring his worst goal drought under Pep Guardiola and this April will forever be known as Clasico April.
90'+1 Ibrahim Afellay > Andres Iniesta
Baring an absolute horrendous away game in the Ukraine it is a safe assumption that FC Barcelona will face Real Madrid in the semis'.
The quadruple Clasico nightmare is becoming reality.
86' Goooooooooooooal Xavi!
82' Eduardo > Hübschman
Is it just me or could this match be contested in Brazil also?
81' Luiz Adriano has almost scored a goal, if it wasn't for the post. Lady Luck is on Barca's side.
77' Maxwell > Adriano
Deja Vu? Apparently there is a quota of Brazilians that have to be on the pitch.
75' Alex Teixeira > Willian
An all Brazil affair
70' Pedro > David Villa
Spain's record goalscorer has worked hard for his team but virtually no attempts on the opposing goal; the drought continues.
I guess I have to retract my earlier statements, both Andres Iniesta & Seydou Keita scored (vital) goals. On another note, Barca's much talked about forwards have produced nothing worth mentioning, yet.
60' Goooooooooal Seydou Keita!
59' Gooooooal....Y. Rakitskiy
I've never watched a Barca game where the Blaugrana scored three goals and were yet so unconvincing.
52' gooooooooooool Gerard Pique!!!!!!
First half recap.
The scoreline reads 2-0 but there's little entertainment value in this tie. Aside from the two goals nothing truly spectacular has happened, that is if one discounts FC Barcelona's horrible defense. Sergio Busquets still thinks of himself as a defensive midfielder, hence is found all over the pitch.
If Barca's defense is horrible, than Busquets is simply abysmal. But so are all of Shakhtar's forwards. On any other night, the Blaugrana would've had their work cut out. I'm starting to wonder what's on TV besides the Barca/Shakhtar game.
34' Goooooool....Dani Alves!
What do Gabriel Milito, Thiago & Afellay have in common?
They are fit, ready and someone else is played out of position instead (Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta).
Seydou Keita & Sergio Busquets
Although I appreciate the hard working Malian, I think his inclusion is much more of a liability than a smart choice. Granted, Andres Iniesta has scored the opening goal I still prefer a midfield partnership of Andres Iniesta and Xavi. One cannot deny Keita's contribution to the team but he is by no means a creative player. San Andres is a formidable winger but is at his best when playing as an attacking midfielder.
Apparently Pep Guardiola doesn't trust his center back(s), so why did he include them in the first place? Every now and then I believe Pep Guardiola has gone mad and it shows, the partnership of Gerard Pique and Busquets simply doesn't exist. So far, the sole reason the Blaugrana haven't conceded a goal yet can be attributed to dumb luck.
2' Goooooooooool. San Andres!
FC Barcelona (4-3-3): Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Adriano Correia; Javier Mascherano, Xavi, Seydou Keita; Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, David Villa
Substitutes: Rubén Miño, Maxwell, Gabriel Milito, Thiago Alcantara, Ibrahim Afellay, Pedro, Bojan Krkić
Shakthar Donetsk (4-2-3-1): Andriy Pyatov, Darijo Srna, Yaroslav Rakytskyy, Mykola Ischenko, Răzvan Raţ; Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Tomáš Hübschman, Douglas Costa; Willian, Jádson; Luiz Adriano
Substitutes: Rustam Khudzhamov, Vasyl Kobin, Oleksandr Chyzhov, Taras Stepanenko, Fernandinho, Alex Teixeira, Eduardo
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