Champions League - Group F
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Barcelona 3-1 Borussia Dortmund: Messi inspires on 700th club appearance

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has scored 613 goals in 700 Barcelona appearances

Lionel Messi scored on his 700th Barcelona appearance as they reached the knockout stages of the Champions League with a win over Borussia Dortmund.

The Argentine, who has now scored 114 goals in the competition, was the catalyst for Barcelona's best work throughout.

His deft pass released Luis Suarez for the opener, with the Uruguay forward finding the bottom left corner of the Dortmund goal, moments after being caught offside when converting another Messi pass.

Messi doubled the hosts' lead four minutes later, registering his 613th goal for the club, with a left-foot effort from eight yards.

Antoine Griezmann completed a comfortable evening for Ernesto Valverde's side, with his rasping drive into the bottom right corner coming from another incisive Messi pass.

England winger Jadon Sancho pulled a goal back for Dortmund, who are now third in Group F - behind Inter Milan on head-to-head record - and face a battle to join Barca in the knockout stages.

To go through, Dortmund must pick up more points from their final group fixture on 10 December, against Slavia Prague, than Inter Milan get at home to Barcelona on the same night.

The old maestro and young gun

Dortmund manager Lucien Favre, who is already under pressure with his side sixth in the Bundesliga, sprung a surprise before kick-off with his decision to leave Sancho out of his starting XI.

However, it was the introduction of the 19-year-old that sparked the visitors into life after the interval.

The winger not only supplied some much-needed pace to the Dortmund forward line but an inventiveness that had also been absent during the first half.

Sancho created an excellent opportunity for Julian Brandt to score as Dortmund trailed 2-0 and also saw a late effort to further reduce Dortmund's deficit brilliantly tipped on to the crossbar by home goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

While the Englishman's influence was restricted by his limited time on the pitch, the same could not be said of Messi, who delivered another masterclass for the hosts.

The Barca maestro has now had a direct hand in 48 goals in his 34 Champions League group-stage matches at the Nou Camp and could well have had the further reward of another goal, with a trademark free-kick which hit the Dortmund crossbar.

The best of the stats

  • Barcelona recorded their 149th Champions League win; only Real Madrid (158) have won more in the competition's history.
  • Borussia Dortmund have lost back-to-back away games in the Champions League group stages for the first time since November 2011 (against Olympiakos and Arsenal).
  • Barcelona have won 27 of their past 31 Champions League group-stage matches at home, losing none since a 1-2 defeat by Rubin Kazan in October 2009.
  • Luiz Suarez has scored in three straight Champions League games at home for Barcelona for the first time since a run of six matches between September 2015 and September 2016.
  • Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has become just the fourth different Englishman to score a Champions League goal against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, after Andy Cole, Steve McManaman and Frank Lampard.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto
  • 23Umtiti
  • 15Lenglet
  • 24Firpo
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forVidalat 78'minutes
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 71mins
  • 21de Jong
  • 10MessiBooked at 51mins
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forWagueat 90+1'minutes
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forGriezmannat 26'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Todibo
  • 8Arthur
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 16Wague
  • 17Griezmann
  • 22Vidal
  • 31Fati

B Dortmund

  • 1Bürki
  • 26PiszczekSubstituted forZagadouat 76'minutes
  • 16Akanji
  • 15Hummels
  • 13GuerreiroBooked at 74mins
  • 5Hakimi
  • 28Witsel
  • 33WeiglSubstituted forGötzeat 85'minutes
  • 14SchulzSubstituted forSanchoat 45'minutes
  • 19Brandt
  • 11Reus

Substitutes

  • 2Zagadou
  • 7Sancho
  • 8Dahoud
  • 10Götze
  • 23T Hazard
  • 29Schmelzer
  • 35Hitz
Referee:
Clément Turpin
Attendance:
90,071

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamB Dortmund
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 3, Borussia Dortmund 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 3, Borussia Dortmund 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Moussa Wague replaces Luis Suárez.

Hand ball by Clément Lenglet (Barcelona).

Attempt missed. Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Axel Witsel.

Attempt missed. Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Achraf Hakimi.

Attempt saved. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mario Götze.

Substitution

Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Mario Götze replaces Julian Weigl.

Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Júnior Firpo (Barcelona).

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Arturo Vidal is caught offside.

Offside, Borussia Dortmund. Marco Reus tries a through ball, but Julian Brandt is caught offside.

Hand ball by Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Arturo Vidal replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 3, Borussia Dortmund 1. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Julian Brandt.

Substitution

Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Dan-Axel Zagadou replaces Lukasz Piszczek.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) hits the bar with a left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund).

Booking

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 3, Borussia Dortmund 0. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sergi Roberto with a cross.

Foul by Júnior Firpo (Barcelona).

Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jadon Sancho with a through ball.

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund).

Foul by Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona).

Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.

Foul by Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona).

Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Second Half

Second Half begins Barcelona 2, Borussia Dortmund 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Jadon Sancho replaces Nico Schulz.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG54101221013
2Real Madrid522111748
3Club Bruges503239-63
4Galatasaray502319-82

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich55002141715
2Tottenham53111711610
3Red Star Belgrade5104319-163
4Olympiakos5014714-71

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City5320123911
2Shakhtar Donetsk5131810-26
3Dinamo Zagreb51229905
4Atalanta5113512-74

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus5410104613
2Atl Madrid52126517
3B Leverkusen520357-26
4Lokomotiv Moscow510449-53

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool5311118310
2Napoli52307439
3RB Salzburg5212161157
4KRC Genk5014516-111

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona532073411
2Inter Milan52129727
3B Dortmund521267-17
4Slavia Prague502338-52

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Leipzig531186210
2Zenit St Petersburg52127617
3Lyon52127617
4Benfica5113711-44

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax5311125710
2Valencia52218718
3Chelsea52219818
4Lille5014312-91
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