Relatively placid triumph of the Catalans in front of their fans to seal the ranking in the first place to the round of 16, thanks to the goals of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. Jadon Sancho made up the marker in the decisive section of the battle at the Camp Nou.
FC Barcelona 3 – 1 Borussia Dortmund
FC Barcelona wanted to become the second Spanish team that guaranteed their ticket towards the knockout stages of the Champions League. After Real Madrid’s draw at Santiago Bernabéu against PSG, Zinedine Zidane’s pupils have advanced to the crossroads of the best club competition on a continental level. Valencia and Atlético de Madrid have postponed their duties until the decisive date, so the Catalans longed to emulate their eternal rival. In fact, Ernesto Valverde was aware of the importance of the clash to be first in the group.
One of the novelties of the alignment, in addition to those forced by the casualties, who devised a defense of circumstances with Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Clément Lenglet and Junior Firpo, would happen in the center of the field. With Arthur Melo, discarded in Leganés, awaiting his occasion on the bench, Valverde would opt for Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Ivan Rakitić. Therefore, the Croatian assumed ownership in order to catch pace for Sunday’s important event in the Wanda Metropolitano against Atlético de Madrid (’Busi’ is sanctioned).
Lionel Messi, who seems to be the favorite to win the Golden Ball, met 700 meetings with the elastic of Barça, leaving only behind Xavi Hernández in the history of Barca (767). However, the first overt chance of a duel goal would be borne by Lucien Favre’s men, after losing Rakitić in the center circle. Even so, between Marc-André ter Stegen and Umtiti they were able to avoid both of the German team. The other news of the XI of the premises would be the presence of Ousmane Dembélé at the spearhead with Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi, while Antoine Griezmann was waiting as a substitute.
It would be necessary to reach the equator of the first act so that the first great offensive action of the Blaugrana squad took place, with Messi filtering a magnificent shipment in depth that Suárez would take advantage of to pierce the bottom of the meshes of the goal guarded by Roman Bürki. Despite this, the referee would cancel the goal (at the request of the VAR) because the charrúa was slightly ahead. The reply would be put between Achraf Hakimi (courtesy of Real Madrid) and Nico Schulz, although the referee would invalidate the action outside of Berlin.
Dembélé, who was really motivated to look at the faces with which his team was, was not too successful. And bad fortune would once again take over the Gaul in the form of an injury, since it would be broken by suffering a clash with an adversary. The first medical part of Barça reveals that the physical discomfort is in his right thigh, to which it should be added that the problems he had in the present course had been in the biceps femoris of the left leg. Therefore, Griezmann jumped to the grass of the Camp Nou to occupy the place of his countryman.
Moments later, Messi and Suarez would be associated once again so that the Rosario served the leather in a silver tray to the former Liverpool, who would not waste the opportunity to, on this occasion, raise the 1 – 0 to the electronic with a large definition. After warning with a precise individual action, which could not end with the aim that is customary, the ’10’ of the Catalans would sign 2 – 0 with a low and crossed shot to which nothing Bürki could do. Mats Hummels was wrong in the exit from behind, Frenkie de Jong connected with Messi and, finally, Suarez would give the target to his partner both on and off the field.
As a fact, note that Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittin has surpassed 2 Champions League legends like Raúl González and his nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo. With the target transformed against Borussia Dortmund, the Argentine has seen goal against 34 teams in the Champions League, making history because the Spaniard and the Portuguese have stayed in 33 opponents (the ‘7’ of Turin Juventus could still reach this record). Griezmann was really close to staying hand in hand with Bürki, although Hummels did seem imperial in defense.
Favre decided to move token in the intermission to enter Jadon Sancho, his emerging star, an offensive change because he would replace Schulz. The first approach to the rival area of the second half would be Barça, as Messi intentionally sought out Griezmann, but his strike was repelled with his foot by Bürki. The Camp Nou wanted to see ‘The Little Prince’ mark in Europe, with the best entry of the season to date (90,071 spectators).