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Barcelona are already a team in the knockout stages of the Champions League after easily beating Dinamo Kiev, who says goodbye to the tournament, by a resounding 0-4 that did not reach the second half.
The absence of Messi, De Jong and others forced an unprecedented eleven, with unknown to the general public such as the squad Mingueza, with Junior as a reference back and Coutinho forced to be the leader above, since Griezmann stayed on the bench.
It wasn’t a very action-packed first half. The possession culé, overflowing in the statistics, hardly translated in clear occasions. Not in vain, the first shot was at half an hour, from Coutinho himself, who went to the side and another from Trincao, which did not put the tie in much danger either. Ter Stegen he didn’t have much work either, until at the end of the first part he took out a great hand shot from Of Pena.
With a script like the one in the first part, Serginho Dest He showed that he also has a goal, although it is not one of his main virtues. The American international finished off a great Barcelona play, in which Braithwaite attended almost accidentally so debuted as a Blaugrana scorer.
Dest’s goal was like opening a bottle of champagne. Proof of this was that Braithwaite scored his first goal by taking advantage of a good cross Mingueza. With the 0-2 he ran out of the classic options Lucescu, and Koeman allowed himself the luxury of trying things out, like taking Riqui Puig to debut in the Champions League and play his first quality minutes this season. It came out for Pjanic, who was barely noticed in the match, while Griezmann and Jordi Alba they replaced Coutinho and Lenglet.
With 20 minutes to go, Braithwaite was knocked down in the area and requested the consequent penalty, lest he not have many more opportunities to make a double with Barça. Even though Bushchan He guessed the direction, the kick was unstoppable.
The remaining 20 minutes served to fulfill the protocol of the debut of Matheus fernandes Y Konrad of the Source, in addition to what Antoine Griezmann round off the win with 0-4 in the 92nd minute.
It was a meeting that will not go down in history because of the intensity and the chances, but because of seeing the first minutes of several promising future of Can Barça.