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Barca Beat Ferencvaros Without Messi In Champions League

Barcelona’s French midfielder Antoine Griezmann (L) celebrates scoring together with his team-mates throughout the UEFA Champions League soccer match Ferencvaros TC v FC Barcelona in Budapest on December 2, 2020. Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP

 

Antoine Griezmann struck for the third recreation working as Barcelona beat Ferencvaros 3-0 on Wednesday to maintain their one hundred pc document intact on this season’s Champions League group stage.

Ronald Koeman once more rested Lionel Messi with qualification for the final 16 already assured, and Barca made it 5 wins from 5 in Group G with a powerful efficiency in Budapest.

France striker Griezmann has struggled to search out his greatest type since becoming a member of from Atletico Madrid virtually 18 months in the past, however the 29-year-old seems belatedly to be hitting his stride beneath Koeman.

While Barca lag 10 factors off the tempo in Spain, albeit with video games in hand, the Catalans can full an ideal group-stage marketing campaign for the primary time since 2002-03 with victory at residence to Juventus subsequent week.

They will end prime of the part in the event that they keep away from defeat.

“We played well. We’ve won five matches out of five, playing some good football and scoring quite a few goals. I hope we can continue this run in the league,” Koeman advised Movistar.

“We saw that we have a very good team. We were able to rest several players, but those who played showed we have the expertise.”

Despite the absence of Messi, goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Philippe Coutinho and injured pair Gerard Pique and Ansu Fati, a closely rotated Barca ripped the Hungarian champions aside within the opening half-hour.

Griezmann’s intelligent back-heel flick from a Jordi Alba cross set the guests on their manner 14 minutes right into a freezing night time on the Puskas Arena.

Martin Braithwaite quickly poked in a second from an identical place following an Ousmane Dembele help, capping a 33-pass transfer together with his fourth purpose in three video games.

Dembele crashed residence a penalty after Braithwaite was upended by Abraham Frimpong, with Koeman withdrawing Alba and Sergio Busquets at half-time and giving some taking part in time to kids Carles Alena, Riqui Puig and Konrad de la Fuente.

AFP

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