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UEFA Champions League
September 14, 2010
• Camp Nou, Barcelona
Referee: N. Rizzoli
• Attendance: 69738
L. Messi 22', 44'
David Villa 33'
Dani Alves 90'
S. Govou 20'
90' + 3'
AND IT IS OVER! Another game, another Messi genius show! Barcelona comprehensively demolished Panathinaikos tonight in a fairly one-sided affair today. Guardiola will be pleased with the way his team managed to pick themselves up after surprisingly conceding first in the 20th minute, courtesy of a goal from Govou. Panathinaikos, on the other hand, should not be too discouraged as they were arguably outplayed by a better team. They will hope to turn the things around in their next games in the Champions League and progress from their group. Stay with Goal.com for our post-match materials. Bye for now from me, Vasil Kotsev! Good night!
90' + 2'
GOAL! ALVES SCORES! ANOTHER MAGIC MOMENT FROM MESSI! Avles played a one-two with Messi and the Argentinian release the explosive full-back in the penalty box with a chipped pass from near the penalty area semi-circle and the defender made no mistake with his parabolic header as the ball nested for the fifth time in Tzorvas's net.
Goal Daniel Alves
There will be three minutes of injury time!
In a rare Panathinaikos attack, Luis Garcia goes hard on Alves after the substitute received the ball the left, following a Simao long pass.
Barcelona are playing cat and mouse with Panathinaikos as Messi and co. look like they will score again soon.
Yellow Card Georgios Karagounis
Unlike this game, the other games tonight are proving to be really contested affairs as Twente and Inter are locked in a draw and so are Werder and Tottenham and Manchester United and Rangers.
MESSI AT IT AGAIN! The striker received the ball near the penalty area semi-circle and darted in with his explosive pace and then shot, but Tzorvas managed to block his finish at goal.
Panathinaikos tried hard today, but they are destined to lose to an obviously superior side tonight. A night to remember for Messi tonight!
WHAT A GOAL! WHAT A GOAL FROM PEDRO! MESSI MADE THE GOAL! Bojan played a delightful through ball for Messi near the byline on the left side of the penalty box, the Argentinian shot from a really tight angle, the ball cannoned off the right post, then rebounded off the left post, and then Pedro converted from close range,
The visitors are defending in sixes and sevens as they struggle to contain the Catalan juggernaut. Iniesta falls on the ground, following a clash with substitute Karagounis just outside the penalty area.
Villa is replaced by Bojan to the sound of a rousing ovation from the home supporters, while the goalscorer tonight for Panathinaikos Govou is replaced by Luis Garcia.
PEDRO! Xavi received the ball outside the penalty area and sent a through ball for Pedro in the box, who took a few steps before crossing, but could not send the ball past Boumsong, who intercepted the ball.
VILLA! ANOTHER MISS! The striker did not manage to latch onto a low cross from the left in the penalty box and the ball unexpectedly went out for a free-kick.
Messi tries an in-swinging free-kick from the right wing, but his cross is intercepted by the impressive Katsouranis.
Karagounis replaces Katsouranis. The ex-Inter star failed to make an impact today and will rue his inability to influence the game.
Panathinaikos are fighting hard for every ball, but seem helpless to the grip Barcelona have established in midfield. Will we see another goal tonight?
PEDRO! WHAT A WASTE OF A WONDERFUL CHANCE! The striker was release by Messi in the penalty area and was allowed to skip swiftly in the penalty box, but took too long to shoot and his decision to round the goalkeeper was a bad one as he could not shot from such a tight angle and had to pass the ball.
INIESTA! OFFSIDE! Messi release the midfielder with a slick pass in the penalty box, but the Catalan is adjudged to have been in an offside position.
TZORVAS SAVES THE PENALTY! The Argentinian waited to a little to guess which corner is going to choose the goalkeeper and then shot in the right corner, but Tzorvas blocked it! Magnificent save!
Penalty save Alexandros Tzorvas
Missed Penalty Messi
PENALTY! Messi is brought down by Kante on the right side of the penalty area.
Xavi takes a corner on the right for Barcelona and lays it for Puyol, who passes to Alves, whose shot goes wide.
Barcelona are imposing their slick passing game and the visitors find themselves chasing shadows more often than not.
Alves runs down the right flank and cuts in the penalty area, tried to whip in a cross, but the ball is stopped by Kante's hand, but the referee waves for the game to continue and there will be no penalty.
The second half begins ...
45' + 1'
Half-time as Barcelona head finish the first half with a two-goal lead. The visitors stunned Nou Camp with a magnificent goal by Govou, but the Catalans stormed back into the lead with a goal every ten minutes to turn the tables in a breathtaking fashion. Stay with us for the second half of this exciting game!
GOAL! MESSI SCORES AGAIN! Pedro Rodrigues teed up the ball for Messi, who unleashed a precise finish from the centre of the box with his left foot to complete his brace!
MESSI! WHAT A MISS! Xavi threaded a magnificent through ball for Messi deep on the right-hand side of the penalty area, but the striker's finish hits the bar.
Interesting statistics here: Possession - Barcelona 88%, Panathinaikois - 12%. Not really surprising considering the way Barcelona are used to play.
Carles Puyol brings down Cisse on the right wing. The defender has been uncompromising tonight.
Pedro Rodríguez head well from the right side of the box, but misses to the left after a Daniel Alves cross!
Goal David Villa
GOAL! VILLA SCORES! Villa scores with a right footed shot from the centre in the bottom left corner and it was Sergio Busquets who assisted the goal with a headed pass after Xavi found him from a corner kick on the right.
LETO! The winger bombed down the left touchline and fired in a high cross from near the corner flag for Cisse in the penalty box, but Valdes rose the highest and easily retrieved the ball
Messi goes down after a tackle by Simao just outside the penalty area. Xavi is about to take it ... OH! Close! The midfielder whipped in a cross, but Tzorvas managed to claim the ball just as Villa was about to reach it.
Pedro and Messi are combining really well on the right tonight. Add Alves to the mix and wait for the explosion!
A truly stunning development of the match. Two goals in four minute, what more can a fan want?
GOAL! BARCELONA HIT BACK IMMEDIATELY! Xavi received the ball in the centre-circle and looked for the run of Messi in the penalty area, before laying a genius 40 yard pass for the striker, who had no trouble putting the ball in the net with a lobbed finish from inside the penalty box.
Goal Sidney Govou
GOAL! PANATHINAIKOS TAKE THE LEAD! Cisse flicked the ball with a magnificent backheel after Tzorvas found him near the centre-circle to release Govou in front of goal, the ex-Lyon winger raced past his once team-mate Abidal and slotted in the left corner. Game on!
Goal Sidney Govou
MESSI! WHAT A RUN! The Argentinian received the ball just outside the penalty area on the right and managed to surge through four challenges, before being dispossessed by Boumsong.
INIESTA! SO CLOSE! The midfielder combined with Messi on the left, just outside the penalty area and burst in the penalty box with his explosive pace, but Kante managed to dispossess the dynamic No.8 at the expense of a corner.
Messi wins a free-kick 30 yards from goal on the right. The striker takes it, but it flies high and wide. Disappointing shot by the Argentinian.
VILLA! Alves teed up a wonderful ball from near the touchline for Villa on the right side of the box, but the ex-Valencia man's first time shot flies narrowly wide of the right post.
MESSI! The striker played a wonderful one-two with Villa just outside the penalty area and then let it fly on the volley, but the impressive Tzorvas managed to block the left corner bound shot.
The Catalan train is gaining momentum now as Panathinaikos are struggling to loosen the grip of the hosts.
XAVI! WHAT A MISS! The midfielder received the ball in the penalty box, following an impressive run by Messi in the penalty area and an even more fascinating flick by Iniesta, and facing Tzorvas completely unmarked, the midfield maestro only managed to send a meek shot, which Tzorvas easily blocked. Best chance of the game so far.
ALVES! Messi and Iniesta combined on the left -hand side of the penalty area, the Spaniard fed Alves near the byline, the wing-back advanced in the box and crossed, but there was no Barcelona player to put the finishing touch to this attack.
MESSI! Wonderful start for the Catalans! Pedro crossed from the left in the penalty box for Messi, whose diving header is blocked by Tzorvas. Excellent save from the young Greek international
And they are off!
Panathinaikos: Tzorvas; Marinos, Boumsong, Kante, Vyntra; Gilberto Silva, Simao; Govou, Katsouranis, Leto; Cisse.
Confirmed line-ups: Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Villa, Pedro.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of tonight's game between Barcelona and Panathinaikos. The reigning Spanish champions had a torrid time at the weekend, losing by two goals to the newly promoted Hercules at Camp Nou, the very same venue at which tonight's match will commence. The ambitious team of Panathinaikos start their campaign with many new faces, looking to finally make a significant impact and go far in the tournament. The match starts very soon, so stay tuned ...
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