Playing at the Czech Republic, under a hostile atmosphere – as it always happens when you go to Eastern European countries in the UEFA Champions League-, Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1, thanks to Lionel Messi’s opener goal, and an own goal scored by Prague’s Olayinka. Jan Boril scored the consolation for the hosts. It was Matchday 3 of Group F in the UCL.
The result made the Catalan team reach 7 points in the standings, and also allowed them to take the lead of Champions League Group F, and overtook Borussia Dortmund, who ended up being beaten by Internazionale in Italy in the other game of the Group.
Losing away from home, the German team fell from the top to third with four points, while the same-scoring Italian club moved up to 2nd and at least for now is qualifying alongside Barcelona to the knockout stages.
Barcelona began the match dominating the offensive actions, and opened the scoring through Messi with just 3 minutes on the clock. The Argentine was fed inside the box, and in a very precise shot, he found the back of the nets. 0-1 Barca.
After the break, on 50 mins, Boril gave Slavia Prague supporters hope, as he scored for the hosts and left everything the same in the scoreboard. 1-1.
However, 7 minutes after that, Barcelona retook the lead once again.
Messi got the ball inside the six-yard area and gave it to Suarez, who capitalized on poor control of the ball from the Slavia defender, and even from a narrow-angle, he found the bottom of the nets. It would be his first goal in an away match in the UEFA Champions League in some years. However, after a close-up into the whole action, it was seen that the ball had a deflection off Peter Olayinka, and went in, as the referee went for an own goal instead for Suarez’s.
The hosts pushed very hard for an equalizer, as they made Barcelona look like a small team, but in the end, the victory stayed with the Catalan side anyway.
Slavia Prague, with just one point, were left alone in the last place of the Group. They will once again play Barcelona in Matchday 4 on November 5, but this time, in Spain.