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Slavia Praha v Barcelona Live Commentary, 23/10/2019

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J. Bořil (50)
L. Messi (3)
P. Olayinka (57 og)
Fortuna Arena

Commentary

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Barca will be aiming to record a seventh consecutive victory in all competitions when they entertain Real Valladolid in LaLiga next Tuesday. Meanwhile, Slavia are involved in a huge top-of-the-table clash with Viktoria Plzen in the Czech First League on Sunday.
Barcelona hang on for a narrow 2-1 victory over Slavia Prague that moves them to the top of Group F. Lionel Messi's first-half strike was cancelled out by Jan Boril early in the second half, but a Peter Olayinka own-goal proved to be decisive.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: SLAVIA PRAGUE 1-2 BARCELONA
O. Dembélé
Yellow Card
Barcelona
90' + 5' Dembele is shown a yellow card for a professional foul on Kudela.
90' + 3' The hosts continue to push for the equaliser. Their latest attempt sees Soucek's tame header easily gathered by Ter Stegen.
90' + 1' We are into the first of five additional minutes at the end of this game. Can Slavia equalise?
89' Good save! Messi drives into the heart of the Slavia defence before his bending shot is just tipped away by the outstretched arm of Kolar.
88' Barca are hanging on as the defence throw their bodies in the way to prevent Slavia from finding a way through. We are set for a grandstand finish in Prague.
86' A World Cup finalist with Croatia last year, Rakitic has started just one game for Barcelona this season. The midfielder has been linked with a move away from Barca in January, with Inter reportedly the favourites to sign him.
I. Rakitić
Arthur
Barcelona
84' Barca's final substitution sees them turn to experience with Ivan Rakitic replacing Arthur.
83' Good save! Barca regain possession and, with 40 yards of space to run into, the pacy Dembele leads the charge. The Frenchman lays it off for Suarez, whose shot is well-saved by Kolar.
82' The free-kick is played short for Boril to strike, but Barca are quickly out to block him. The subsequent cross is then collected by Ter Stegen.
80' Slavia have a free-kick right on the edge of the area after Vidal brings down Olayinka. This is a great opportunity for the hosts...
A. Vidal
Sergio Busquets
Barcelona
78' Barca also turn to the bench with Arturo Vidal replacing Busquets.
J. Hušbauer
N. Stanciu
Slavia Praha
77' Meanwhile, Josef Husbauer also enters the action with Stanciu making way.
M. van Buren
L. Masopust
Slavia Praha
76' There is going to be a double change for Slavia. The first sees Mick van Buren replace Masopust.
P. Ševčík
Yellow Card
Slavia Praha
76' Sevcik now has his name taken by the referee for dissent at a decision.
75' WHAT A MISS! A real collector's item as Messi misses from inside the six-yard box. The ball is put on a plate for him by Alba, who cushioned Busquets' diagonal ball neatly into his path, but he does not connect properly and the chance goes begging.
73' We are approaching the final quarter of an hour in Prague, where Barcelona remain 2-1 to the good. Will the visitors hold on for maximum points or can the hosts secure a share of the spoils?
P. Olayinka
Yellow Card
Slavia Praha
71' Slavia's frustration is evident as Olayinka is booked for a late challenge on Busquets.
70' CHANCE! Suarez wastes a golden opportunity to put the game beyond Slavia, but can only pull his shot wide after he was played in by Messi.
O. Dembélé
A. Griezmann
Barcelona
69' Barca make their first change as Ousmane Dembele is introduced in favour of Griezmann.
68' Good save! Messi finds space in the area before receiving a low ball from Alba. The Barca skipper beats a couple of players before shooting from a tight angle, but Kolar reacts well to save.
66' Slavia trail again but they do have recent experience of coming from behind to win. They did just that on Saturday to beat Pribram 3-1 in the Czech First League.
J. Bořil
Yellow Card
Slavia Praha
64' Boril has his name taken for his unnecessary challenge on Messi.
63' There is a break in play as Messi goes down under a heavy challenge from Boril. It was quite unnecessary from the Slavia defender and the Barca players are not too happy with his behaviour.
61' Football can be a cruel game as Slavia have just discovered. It looked as if they were going to score the third goal of this contest, but the events of the past few minutes have stalled their momentum.
59' Unlucky! Slavia go straight down the other end and Soucek sends a header just over the bar from close range.
P. Olayinka
Own Goal
Slavia Praha
57' OWN GOAL! BARCELONA LEAD 2-1! The stadium is silenced as Messi's deep free-kick finds Suarez, whose attempted cross deflects past Kolar off the helpless Olayinka.
L. Masopust
Yellow Card
Slavia Praha
56' Masopust has his name taken and Barcelona have a free-kick in a dangerous position with Messi standing over the ball...
54' Close! The hosts continue to have their tails up and Stanciu tries his luck with a long-range effort that drifts just wide of the target.
52' That goal has lifted the roof off the Sinobo Stadium. The home fans are really responding to their side, who are very much on top at the moment.
L. Masopust
Assist
Slavia Praha
50' Masopust showed great awareness to find Boril, who did the rest.
J. Bořil
Goal
Slavia Praha
50' EQUALISER!!! BORIL MAKES IT 1-1! Slavia are level and it is courtesy of a very unlikely source! The hosts continue to threaten the Barca defence and Masopust neatly lays the ball into the path of Boril, who pokes a powerful effort beyond a helpless Ter Stegen.
48' Barca are protecting a one-goal lead going into this second half. However, it is worth noting that they have won just four of their last 14 away games in the Champions League.
46' We're off and running again at the Sinobo Stadium!
S. Tecl
J. Zelený
Slavia Praha
46' Slavia make a change at the break with Zeleny making way for Stanislav Tecl.
They may be trailing but, overall, Slavia have held their own against the five-time winners of this event. The hosts must be clinical with any opportunities that fall their way after the break if they are to take anything from the contest.
Lionel Messi's early strike is the difference between the two sides at the break. Barcelona have been in control, but Slavia Prague did go close to equalising through Peter Olayinka and Tomas Soucek.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: SLAVIA PRAGUE 0-1 BARCELONA
45' + 1' SO CLOSE! Slavia are whiskers away from equalising as Soucek's low drive flashes just wide of the far post.
44' Slavia are certainly holding their own in this contest. They have lost just two of their last nine home games in Europe - keeping clean sheets in five of them.
41' De Jong will be aiming for another impressive year on the continent. His performances for Ajax during the 2018-19 tournament were recognised when he was named the Champions League midfielder of the season.
39' SHOOT! Despite having several decent opportunities to get a shot on goal, Barca opt to keep possession of the ball. However, after one pass too many, De Jong's tame strike is easily saved by Kolar.
37' GOOD SAVES! Seconds after holding onto a shot from Masopust, Ter Stegen does brilliantly to tip away Olayinka's effort.
Jordi Alba
Yellow Card
Barcelona
35' Alba is the first player to have his name taken after lashing out at Soucek.
33' The home fans are right behind their team today. Any opportunity to play a team like Barca is one to be embraced and there is a terrific atmosphere at the Sinobo Stadium.
31' Suarez certainly knows what it takes to score against Slavia. He did so three times in European competition during his time with Ajax in the late 2000s. However, the Uruguayan will have to do better than just now in order to find the net against them again.
29' CHANCE! Suarez should score! Barca put a neat move together that results in Semedo getting forward and feeding the number nine, who fires well wide of the target. That was well within his range and he will be disappointed not to have done better.
26' Slavia can also turn to their impressive recent home record for inspiration. In fact, since the start of the 2018-19 season, they have suffered just three defeats at the Sinobo Stadium.
24' Slavia appear to be growing in confidence and, while trailing by just a single goal, they will sense an opportunity to get back into the contest.
22' Elsewhere in Group F, Inter have just taken the lead against Dortmund. That means Barca lead the way at the top of the table as things stand.
20' CHANCE! What a save by Ter Stegen! The Barcelona keeper produces terrific reflexes to deny Zeleny's first-time shot following a neat move by the hosts.
19' Back on the field, there is a slight concern for Barca as Semedo stays down following a heavy challenge. However, the Portugal international is soon back on his feet and in the thick of the action.
17' Meanwhile, this season marks Barca's 24th appearance in the group stages of this competition - a record they share with Real Madrid.
15' It is worth noting that this is only Slavia's second appearance in the Champions League group stages - and first in 12 years. Although, they are considers outsiders in Group F alongside Barca, Inter and Borussia Dortmund.
13' Slavia's number nine has enjoyed a pleasing start to the season. After scoring against Inter in his side's opening group game, he made his debut for Nigeria in their 1-1 draw with Brazil earlier this month.
11' Barca threaten to get in behind again with Messi leading the charge. However, Olayinka times his sliding challenge to perfection to stop the Barca skipper in his tracks.
9' It was a poor start for the hosts but they will not be panicking just yet. They have lost just once in their last 27 matches in all competitions, and that will stand them in good stead during this contest.
7' Slavia look to respond immediately and a deep cross is delivered towards the far post, where Pique is well-placed to clear the danger.
5' Well, that will settle the visitors down early on as Messi opens his account in the Champions League this season.
Arthur
Assist
Barcelona
3' Arthur played a neat return pass into the path of Messi, who made no mistake.
L. Messi
Goal
Barcelona
3' MESSI!! 1-0 BARCELONA! The perfect start for Barca, who pounce on sloppy play from Slavia just outside their own area. Having initially played the ball to Arthur, Messi receives the return pass before neatly steering past a helpless Kolar.
1' AWAY WE GO! The referee blows his whistle and Slavia get the ball rolling.
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just moments away.
Barca will be clear favourites to take maximum points from this Group F encounter and record their ninth victory over Czech opposition in 13 attempts.
As for Barcelona, Lionel Messi will be aiming to continue his impressive record of having scored every 60 minutes against Czech opposition. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez has scored five times in his last four appearances. Jordi Alba is back in the starting line-up on the continent, having missed the win over Inter Milan with a hamstring strain.
Runaway leaders in the Czech First League, Slavia welcome Nigerian striker Peter Olayinka and defender David Hovorka back into the starting line-up after they missed Saturday's win over Pribram. Meanwhile, midfielder Tomas Soucek scored twice in that victory - taking his league tally for the campaign to five goals.
SUBS: Neto, Jean-Clair Todibo, Junior Firpo, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Arthur; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann.
SUBS: Premysl Kovar, Tomas Holes, Michal Frydrych, Josef Husbauer, Mick van Buren, Stanislav Tecel, Milan Skoda.
SLAVIA PRAGUE (4-3-3): Ondrej Kolar; Vladimir Coufal, Ondrej Kudela, David Hovorka, Jan Boril; Tomas Soucek, Nicolae Stanciu, Petr Sevcik; Lukas Masopust, Peter Olayinka, Jaroslav Zeleny.
Barcelona could move top of Group F with victory in what is the first-ever meeting between the sides. Meanwhile, three points for Slavia would lift them off the bottom of the table.
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