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BATE - Barcelona
0-2
 

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Rakitić fires Barcelona to victory at BATE

Published: Tuesday 20 October 2015, 22.49CET
BATE 0-2 Barcelona
Ivan Rakitić came off the bench to score twice in the second half and earn the Group E pacesetters a comfortable three points in Belarus.
 

Match statistics

BATE
Barcelona

0

Goals scored

2

32

Possession (%)

68

4

Total attempts

21

1

on target

6

1

off target

11

2

blocked

4

0

against woodwork

0

0

Corners

9

4

Offsides

1

6

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

20

Fouls committed

6

5

Fouls suffered

20

270

Passes

787

191

completed

700

Lineups

bate

BATE

barcelona

Barcelona

16Chernik (GK)1ter Stegen (GK)
3Gaiduchik
61
3Piqué
8A. Volodko (C)
88
5Busquets (C)
23
72
10Nikolić
65
6Dani Alves
41
13Signevich
79
9Suárez
19Milunović
83
11Neymar
22Stasevich14Mascherano
25Mladenović15Bartra
33Polyakov
29
17Munir El Haddadi
70
42M. Volodko
43
62
18Jordi Alba
62Gordeichuk20Sergi Roberto
18

Substitutes

34Soroko (GK)13Bravo (GK)
5Yablonski
65
4Rakitić
18
48
64
7Karnitski
62
82
19Sandro Ramírez
70
9Aleksievich21Adriano
17Rios23Vermaelen
18Mozolevski
79
24Mathieu
55Baga28Gumbau
72
74

Coaches

Aleksandr Yermakovich (BLR)
Luis Enrique (ESP)

Referee

Manuel De Sousa (POR)

Press kits

Standings

Last updated: 27/11/2015 06:23 CET
 
  
Published: Tuesday 20 October 2015, 22.49CET

Rakitić fires Barcelona to victory at BATE

BATE 0-2 Barcelona
Ivan Rakitić came off the bench to score twice in the second half and earn the Group E pacesetters a comfortable three points in Belarus.

  • Barcelona comfortable winners in Borisov to extend Group E lead
  • Newly crowned Belarusian champions fail to seriously trouble Marc-André ter Stegen
  • First-half substitute Ivan Rakitić makes 48th-minute breakthrough
  • The Croat doubles up 19 minutes into second half from second Neymar assist
  • The teams meet again in the Camp Nou on 4 November

Barcelona moved three points clear at the UEFA Champions League Group E summit with a 2-0 triumph at BATE Borisov.

If BATE were relieved to emerge relatively unscathed from the first half, that sentiment barely survived the restart as Ivan Rakitić quickly netted with aplomb. The Croatia midfielder, an 18th-minute replacement for Sergi Roberto, scored again on 65 minutes to consolidate Barça's pole position above Bayer Leverkusen.

Sergei Chernik made early saves from Neymar and, from successive corners, Luis Suárez and Munir El Haddadi as Barcelona placed a firm grip on proceedings. The European champions' high pressing seemed to strangle their hosts at times, though the attacking plan from Aleksandr Yermakovich's men – when evident – was clear: try to get balls into the Barcelona box.

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Ivan Rakitić celebrates with Luis Suárez

Four days after clinching their tenth consecutive Belarusian title, BATE were endeavouring to add to matchday two's scalp of Roma. With practice proving more difficult than theory, however, they were grateful to see Sergio Busquets' effort bounce a whisker wide on the half-hour. Luis Enrique's team had lost their previous two away games; the possibility of a third such defeat would have become more remote had Rakitić not wasted a free header from Daniel Alves's cross.

Neymar had scored four at the weekend yet when his curler went askew it confirmed a goalless first half. No matter, as three minutes after the interval the Brazilian teed up Rakitić to arrow in the opener from just outside the area. Neymar and Munir then shot narrowly wide, before the former picked out Rakitić for a glorious dink over Chernik.

To the home side's credit, Nikolai Signevich elicited two late saves from Marc-André ter Stegen in the wake of a barnstorming run from Filip Mladenović. It brought some small reward for the unrelenting Borisov-Arena supporters, but the points were emphatically Barcelona's.

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