Best captured moments of the match between Barcelona and Bate
Barcelona looks almost favorite in the Champions League knockout stages after defeating BATE Borisov 3-0 on Wednesday evening at the Camp Nou, going five points clear at the top of Group E.
Last month’s encounter between these two teams was as one-sided as it gets, and BATE once again struggled hard to gain anything even qualifying for a foothold in their trip to Catalonia on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi’s injury absence was barely noticeable as manager Luis Enrique’s men ran massacre through the fantastic duo of two-goal Neymar and his striking accomplice,Luis Suarez.
Ivan Rakitic, who acquired a brace against BATE a fortnight ago, was called off after just 18 minutes on Wednesday with a calf injury, but that proved to be the only low point of the first period.
Their consistent pressure eventually paid off as left-back Filip Mladenovic got the wrong side of his man and committed a foul within his own area on the 30-minute mark, with Neymar effortlessly converting the spot-kick.
Barca’s two goals were clinically weighted 15 minutes either side of the half-time mark, and it was on the 60-minute moment that Suarez doubled his side’s lead with a predatory assault from just inside BATE’s box.
Neymar rolled inside from the left wing, and his striking partner showed splendid footwork to get the ball out from under him and nudge home a coveted second.
Playing against Barcelona at their most lethal is a tough challenge, but BATE could vigorously confess that attempting to gain possession from Enrique’s men when they’re in the ascendancy is another feat altogether.
The final 30 minutes of Wednesday’s clash seemed to be almost as a training exercise for the Blaugrana, and Suarez returned his team-mate’s previous favour for Neymar to pitch in a third into an open goal seven minutes from time.
Best captured moments of the match between Barcelona and Bate are compiled below. Enjoy!