Match report: Barcelona 2 - 0 Sporting, Olympiacos 0 - 2 Juventus

Match report: Barcelona 2 - 0 Sporting, Olympiacos 0 - 2 Juventus

- Barcelona secured 2 - 0 win over Sporting Lisbon to top group D

- Lionel Messi started on the bench but came on as a second half substitute

- Juventus also secure 2 - 0 win over Olympiacos to progress second

Barcelona secured a hard fought 2 - 0 win over Portuguese gaints Sporting Lisbon in their last group game of this season's Champions League.

Lionel Messi started on the bench but that did not stop the Catalans from securing the win to ensure top spot in Group D ahead of Juventus.

There were starting spots for the likes of Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez, Jasper Cillessen in goal, Lucas Digne and Thomas Vermaelen as Ernesto Valverde rang the changes.

Match report: Barcelona 2 - 0 Sporting

Paco Alcacer scored the opener at Camp Nou. Photo: Uefa.com

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The first half was devioud of clear chances until the 24th minute when Luis Suarez tested Rui Patricio after controlling a long free-kick.

Paco Alcacer put the Catalans ahead in the 59th minute with a wonderful header from a right wing cross by Denis Suarez.

Sporting responded three minute later which an attempt from Bas Dost but Cillessen was on hand to make himself big to deny the chance.

Star attacker Lionel Messi came into the game in the 61st minute as a replacement for Aliex Vidal.

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In the 74th minute, Messi dragged a shot wide as Barcelona continued to pile on the pressure.

Former Barca man Jeremy Mathieu scored an own goal in the 91st minute to double the lead for the Spanish side.

In the other group game, Juventus secured a 1 - 0 win over bottom place Olympiacos to cement second position.

Juan Cuadrado tapping in from close range early in the game to put the Biaconeri ahead in Greece. Federico Bernardeschi doubled the lead in the 90th minute to kill the game as a contest.

Barcelona progress top of their group with 14 points three ahead of Juventus who have 11.

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Source: Sports.naija.ng

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