Champions League - Group F
Slavia PragueSlavia Prague1BarcelonaBarcelona2

Slavia Prague 1-2 Barcelona: Lionel Messi breaks another record in narrow win

Barcelona's winning goal
Luis Suarez's effort from a tight angle was turned into his own net by Peter Olayinka (number nine)

Lionel Messi became the first player to score in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons as Barcelona claimed a narrow win at Slavia Prague.

Captain Messi gave Barca an early lead with a first-time finish after an exchange of passes with Arthur.

The Czech champions were deservedly level when Jan Boril poked home Lukas Masopust's pass from 16 yards.

But Messi's free-kick found Luis Suarez at the back post - and his cross-shot hit went in off Peter Olayinka.

Barcelona, who are top of La Liga, have now won six consecutive games in all competitions.

The result keeps Ernesto Valverde's side top of Group F on seven points from three games, three points above Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

Those two sides met at the San Siro in the group's other game, with Inter winning 2-0. Lautaro Martinez scored and had a penalty saved before Antonio Candreva's late clinching goal.

Barca were fortunate to go three points clear at the top - with Slavia deserving more from the game.

The Prague side had more shots - and efforts on target - than Barcelona, most notably a 60-second spell when Marc-Andre ter Stegen got down low to deny Lukas Masopust and then tipped Olayinka's curling effort over the bar.

Barca were hanging on at the end, with Tomas Soucek and Olayinka having headers saved in injury time.

Slavia were the 33rd side Messi has scored against in the Champions League - a joint record with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul.

While he has scored in 15 seasons in a row, the Argentine is still one short of Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs' record of scoring in 16 different Champions League seasons.

The captain could have scored more but was denied by keeper Ondrej Kolar before shooting wide from close range.

Line-ups

Slavia Prague

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Kolar
  • 5Coufal
  • 15Kudela
  • 2Hovorka
  • 18BorilBooked at 64mins
  • 23SevcikBooked at 76mins
  • 22Soucek
  • 12ZelenySubstituted forTeclat 45'minutes
  • 7StanciuSubstituted forHusbauerat 77'minutes
  • 28MasopustBooked at 56minsSubstituted forVan Burenat 76'minutes
  • 9OlayinkaBooked at 71mins

Substitutes

  • 3Holes
  • 10Husbauer
  • 11Tecl
  • 14Van Buren
  • 21Skoda
  • 25Frydrych
  • 31Kovar

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3Piqué
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18AlbaBooked at 35mins
  • 21de Jong
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forVidalat 78'minutes
  • 8ArthurSubstituted forRakiticat 84'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 17GriezmannSubstituted forDembéléat 69'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Rakitic
  • 6Todibo
  • 11Dembélé
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 22Vidal
  • 24Firpo
  • 31Fati
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
19,170

Match Stats

Home TeamSlavia PragueAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home24
Away13
Shots on Target
Home9
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Slavia Prague 1, Barcelona 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Slavia Prague 1, Barcelona 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Slavia Prague. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josef Husbauer (Slavia Prague) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Petr Sevcik.

  5. Booking

    Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona).

  7. Post update

    Vladimir Coufal (Slavia Prague) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Peter Olayinka (Slavia Prague) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Petr Sevcik with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Slavia Prague. Conceded by Jordi Alba.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tomas Soucek (Slavia Prague) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jan Boril with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Petr Sevcik (Slavia Prague) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Josef Husbauer.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

  13. Post update

    Jan Boril (Slavia Prague) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Petr Sevcik.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Petr Sevcik (Slavia Prague) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stanislav Tecl (Slavia Prague) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Olayinka with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josef Husbauer (Slavia Prague) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mick Van Buren (Slavia Prague) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josef Husbauer.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic replaces Arthur.

Comments

Join the conversation

These comments are now closed.

96 comments

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG33009099
2Real Madrid311135-24
3Club Bruges302127-52
4Galatasaray301202-21

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich330013499
2Tottenham31119904
3Red Star Belgrade310239-63
4Olympiakos301258-31

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City330010199
2Dinamo Zagreb31116424
3Shakhtar Donetsk311146-24
4Atalanta3003211-90

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus32107347
2Atl Madrid32105237
3Lokomotiv Moscow310235-23
4B Leverkusen300316-50

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli32105237
2Liverpool32018626
3RB Salzburg310211923
4KRC Genk3012310-71

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona32104227
2Inter Milan31114314
3B Dortmund31112204
4Slavia Prague301225-31

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Leipzig32014406
2Zenit St Petersburg31115414
3Lyon31114314
4Benfica310246-23

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea32013216
2Ajax32016156
3Valencia311124-24
4Lille301226-41
View full Champions League tables

Top Stories