Dynamo Kiev 0-4 Barca: Rotated team runs riot

Koeman picked a strange team for the game but they were fine after the break and won with ease

El equipo de Koeman sorprendió con su goleada más inesperada
El equipo de Koeman sorprendió con su goleada más inesperada | Javi Ferrándiz

Barcelona wrapped up qualification for the Champions League last 16 in Kiev with what was, in the end, an emphatic win.

Sergi Capdevila


Champions League




Dinamo de Kíev

Bushchan, Zabarnyi, Mykolenko, Karavaev, Kedziora, Buyalskyy, Garmash (Andrievsky, 59') , Shepelev, Verbic, Shaparenko, Pena

FC Barcelona

Ter Stegen, Mingueza, Lenglet (Jordi Alba, 65'), Firpo, Dest, Pjanic (Riqui, 65'), Aleñá, Pedri (Matheus, 73'), Trincao (Konrad, 83'), Coutinho (Griezmann, 65'), Braithwaite


0-1, Dest (52'). 0-2, Braithwaite (57'). 0-3, Braithwaite (p, 70'). 0-4, Griezmann (92')


Matej Jug (ESL). TA: Popov / Pjanic


Estadio Olímpico (sin espectadores)

Ronald Koeman picked a heavily rotated team, partly forced to and partly to give rests to the likes of Leo Messi and Frenkie de Jong, but Barcelona worked hard and got a good result.

Oscar Mingueza made his debut at centre-back and was very solid, while Martin Braithwaite up front showed he has plenty to give the club this season with a double.

The best player, though, was Sergino Dest, who scored a fine goal and impressed at right back. The next two months, with Sergi Roberto out, will be a chance for him to make his mark at the club.

Barca weren’t able to find the net in a tight first half on a chilly night in Ukraine, but the hosts unravelled after the break.

Dest forced the breakthrough, running on to nip the ball off Braithwaite in the box and drill into the far corner.

Barca’s Danish striker made it two soon enough, with Mingueza flicking on the ball for him to finish from close range, darting in to convert at the back stick.

The third came after he was shoved over in the box as he was poised to bury a header, with Brathwaite dusting himself down and dispatching the penalty.

There was time for Matheus to come on for his debut, and Konrad de la Fuente, for his, while Riqui Puig appeared in the Champions League for the first time too.

The youngster played a good ball for Alba who set up Antoine Griezmann for the fourth. The Frenchman, on as a sub, spoke off the pitch on Monday but on it here, drilling in to end a bright cameo.



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