Barcelona remain perfect in the Champions League thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev at the Camp Nou. Barça played well for 20 minutes, then were terrible for the rest of the game and somehow won all three points thanks an amazing performance from Marc-André ter Stegen in his return from injury.
Barça made a strong start to the game, moving the ball fast and looking to create chances with constant movement. They got an early chance when Lionel Messi was brought down inside the box by Popov, and the captain buried the spot kick to give Barça the early lead.
The Blaugrana kept attacking and had two great chances with Pedri and Antoine Griezmann, but the young man hit the crossbar and the Frenchman somehow missed a tap-in against an open net.
After a strong start in the first 20 minutes Barça slowed down a lot, became boring and uncreative and couldn’t put together any meaningful attacking moves until the last five minutes, when Pedri, Messi and Ansu Fati forced the defense to make some big interventions.
At halftime, Barça were playing just okay and had a narrow lead that needed to be increased to guarantee the win.
Barça made an awful start to the second half, misplacing easy passes in the middle of the pitch and allowing Dynamo to create chance after chance. But Marc-André ter Stegen was making his return, and the German made three fantastic saves to keep the Ukrainians from equalizing.
And with 25 minutes to go Gerard Piqué headed home a cross from Ansu Fati to double Barça’s lead, and the game looked over. But Tsygankov had other ideas and finally found a way to beat Ter Stegen to bring Dynamo back in the game.
The last few minutes were nervous as Dynamo had the ball while Barça made defensive substitutions trying to preserve the result and maybe the kill the game in the counter attack, but there were no more goals and the final whistle came to give Barça the three points.
This was a bad performance and an ugly win, and Ter Stegen was as crucial as ever in his return. The results are good in Europe, but the football, for most of this young season, is not.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest, Piqué, De Jong, Alba; Pjanic (Roberto 60’), Busquets (Lenglet 74’); Messi, Pedri (Aleñá 83’), Fati (Trincão 74’); Griezmann (Dembélé 60’)
Goals: Messi (5’ pen.), Piqué (65’)
Dynamo Kiev: Neshcheret; Kedziora, Zabarnyi, Popov, Shabanov; Andrievsky; Tsigankov, Shepelev, Buyalsky, Rodrigues (De Pena 71’); Supriaga (Verbic 71’)
Goal: Tsygankov (75’)