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Camp Nou (ATT 85,000) 19th September 2007 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Busacca

Barcelona Barcelona vs Lyon Lyon


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Barca ease to Lyon win

2006 champions off to winning start

By Andrew Scurr.   Last Updated: 19/09/07 10:56pm

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Ronaldinho: Holds off defender

Ronaldinho: Holds off defender

Barcelona began with a resounding 3-0 win over Lyon in the UEFA Champions League.

Lionel Messi was the star for Barca as he created the opener, which was put into his own goal by Francois Clerc, before scoring a deserved goal in the second-half.

Thierry Henry then registered his first goal for Barcelona in stoppage time as the 2006 champions got their Group E campaign off to the ideal start.

Messi magic

Deco worked Remy Vercoutre for the first time when he picked up the ball on the edge of the area and fired a quick shot, before Ronaldinho's goal-bound effort was deflected off-target.

The lively Messi created the opening goal on 21 minutes. The young Argentinean jinked his way into the Lyon area following a short corner and his dangerous ball across goal was diverted past his own goalkeeper by Clerc.

Kim Kallstrom saw a shot brilliantly blocked by Gianluca Zambrotta while Juninho wasted a well-positioned free-kick, but for the most-part Lyon were on the back foot in the first-half.

Messi should have got the goal he deserved before the break as he won possession in midfield to set up a quick passing move involving Deco, Henry and Ronaldinho.

Ronaldinho spotted Messi's run into space in the box and found him perfectly, but after bringing the ball down beautifully and beating Vercoutre with his low strike, the 20-year-old was denied by Clerc on the line.

Soon after the restart Messi missed a glorious chance when fed in by Deco as he skewed an attempt well over the bar.

Sidney Govou was guilty of a worse attempt with Lyon's best chance as Nadir Belhadj's cross was perfect for the striker but he sent his header sailing high over Victor Valdes' goal.

Vercoutre kept Lyon in the game with good saves from Henry and Deco twice, but the goalkeeper was unable to deny Messi his goal in the 82nd minute.

Barca's young talent

Deco and substitute Andres Iniesta linked up on the edge of the Lyon area and the latter laid the ball on a plate for Messi who slotted a first-time shot into the bottom corner.

Messi was replaced with two minutes remaining and Champions League history was made as 17-year-old Bojan Krkic became the competition's youngest ever player.

It was another youngster, Giovani dos Santos, who set up Henry's goal in stoppage time as his initial shot was saved and the former Arsenal man made no mistake with the follow-up.

BarcelonaTeam StatisticsLyon 
11st Half Goals0 
8Shots on Target0 
3Shots off Target2 
5Blocked Shots4 
2Yellow Cards0 
0Red Cards0 
87.8Passing Success87.1 
75Tackles Success82.9 
55Territorial Advantage45 

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