Barcelona through to next round of Champions League

November 5, 2008

Barcelona secured their place in the next round of the Champions League last night with a disappointingly 1-1 draw against Basle at the Nou Camp, owing to the defeat of Shakhtar by Sporting.

Considering Basle made just 4 incursions into Barcelona’s half throughout the match this is another case of dominating the match without scoring, in which Barça specialised earlier in the season, but a much changed squad was largely to blame. However, Xavi and Messi were brought on in the 59th minute and instantly upped the level – after just 2 minutes Leo Messi scored to put Barcelona 1-0 ahead.

While the Barcelona attack continued, Basle were able to put the ball past Valdes in the 82nd minute.

International: Champions League grp. C
# Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Barcelona 4 3 1 0 11 3 10
2 Sporting CP 4 3 0 1 5 3 9
3 Shakhtar Donetsk 4 1 0 3 3 5 3
4 Basel 4 0 1 3 2 10 1

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