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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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L. Messi  22' 1-0 
L. Messi  55' 2-0 
G. Piqué  69' 3-0 
L. Messi  75' 4-0 
HT: 1-0
Camp Nou (Attendance: 79,412)
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen
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Barcelona vs. Ajax
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The final whistle blows and Barcelona have recorded a comfortable victory in Gerardo Martino's first Champions League game. A quiet game was brought to life by Lionel Messi, who opened the scoring with a delightful free kick. The Spanish champions raised the tempo in the second half, with Messi and Pique getting on the scoresheet. The Argentine then grabbed his hat trick with a delicate finish past Kenneth Vermeer. Ajax will be frustrated at not grabbing a goal themselves, with Kolbeinn Sigthorsson seeing his penalty saved by Victor Valdes. Frank de Boer will be looking for more from his side in their next encounter at home to Milan. It's finished Barcelona 4-0 Ajax.
Three added minutes announced by the fourth official. Ajax are looking to grab a late goal and Nicolai Boilesen almost delivers. He blasts a shot from distance and Valdes has to parry behind for a corner.
Stefano Denswil is booked for a foul on Pedro and Barca have a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Messi steps up, but the wall blocks and Ajax clear.
The visitors have made a number of changes before the penalty was taken. Niklas Moisander, Daley Blind and Siem De Jong have all made way, with Lasse Schone, Mike Van der Hoorn and Thulani Serero coming on.
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson hits the penalty to the goalkeepers right, but Victor Valdes reads it and is able to make a save. Sigthorsson gets to the rebound, but Valdes again is able to block and knock it behind for a corner.
LIONEL MESSI makes if four and his third of the game. The hosts press forward and the little magician is given too much space on the edge of the penalty area and he hits a shot between the legs of Christian Poulsen and into the net. It's Barcelona 4-0 Ajax.
Cesc Fabregas is replaced in midfield by Xavi, whilst Neymar is replaced by Pedro for the final 20 minutes.
It's a third for Barcelona. A corner is played short and Neymar crosses into the penalty area. GERARD PIQUE has stayed forward and heads the ball past Kenneth Vermeer into the net. It's Barcelona 3-0 Ajax.
67' POOR
Cesc Fabregas looks to float a cross into the Ajax penalty area, but it's overhit and Kenneth Vermeer collects.
Dani Alves dribbles into the penalty area and has a great chance to shoot. For some reason he hesitates and Stefano Denswil is able to put in a tackle and clear the danger.
Ajax enjoy a good spell of possession, but Bojan Krkic is flagged offside and the move breaks down.
Messi almost grabs his third. The ball is crossed in by Neymar, but bounces off Messi and drifts just wide.
LIONEL MESSI makes it two for Barcelona. The visitors again give the ball away and Alexis Sanchez crosses into the path of Messi. He turns in the penalty area and hits a left footed shot past Kenneth Vermeer into the net. It's Barcelona 2-0 Ajax.
Christian Poulsen plays the ball straight into the path of Neymar. The attacker runs into the penalty area, but his finishing touch is poor and Kenneth Vermeer comes off his line to smother the ball.
Dani Alves crosses into the path of Neymar, but Ricardo Van Rhijn is able to intercept before the Brazilian striker can tap the ball into the net.
Ajax get the second half underway.
The referee blows for the break and it's Barcelona who hold a narrow lead. A quiet start was brought to life by Lionel Messi, who curled in a wonderful free kick to beat Kenneth Vermeer. Both sides had chances to add to the scoring, but it's Barcelona 1-0 Ajax.
Great chance for Barca to score again. Messi dribbles past two defenders into the penalty area, but his shot is well saved by Kenneth Vermeer.
The game has settled down following a flurry of chances. Barcelona are keeping the ball, but not looking dangerous in the final third. Ajax are content to sit deep and hit out on the break.
The visitors almost find the equaliser. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson somehow evades Gerard Pique and passes across the penalty area to Lerin Duarte. His shot is well struck, but Victor Valdes holds on to the relief of his teammates.
Both sides are passing the ball quicker and it's leading to an open game. Neymar is next to have a shot from the edge of the penalty area, but Kenneth Vermeer manages to hold the ball and Ajax can look to counter.
Ajax are beginning to press forward in numbers. Bojan Krkic crosses into the path of the unmarked Ricardo Van Rhijn, but his headed effort is parried away from danger by Victor Valdes.
Ajax earn their first corner of the game. It's played short into the path of Siem De Jong. His shot from the edge of the penalty area is poor and ends up drifting out for a throw. Frank de Boer is hugely frustrated with that effort and is letting his player know it.
Niklas Moisander plays a long ball forward towards Kolbeinn Sigthorsson. Fortunately for Barca, Javier Mascherano is on hand to shield the ball back towards Victor Valdes.
Niklas Moisander fouls Andres Iniesta and the defender is shown the first yellow card of the game.
LIONEL MESSI steps up and curls the ball past Kenneth Vermeer and off the inside of the post into the back of the net. Barcelona celebrate and Gerardo Martino will be delighted with the opening goal. It's Barcelona 1-0 Ajax.
Barcelona again are trying to play too many passes rather than shoot. This time Lerin Duarte brings down Lionel Messi on the edge of the penalty area and Barcelona have a great chance to test Kenneth Vermeer.
Dani Alves has time in the penalty area, but elects to chip the ball towards Messi rather than shoot. Ricardo Van Rhijn blocks and Kenneth Vermeer clears the danger.
Barcelona are dominating possession, but Ajax are defending in numbers and Barcelona can't find room to have a shot at goal. Neymar plays in Iniesta, but his attempt to cut the ball across goal is cleared for a corner.
Barcelona continue to press forward and the visitors are struggling to get out of their own half. Ajax are trying to string a few passes together at the back, but Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez are chasing down defenders and Kenneth Vermeer ends up giving away a throw.
First shot on target falls to Barcelona. Neymar cuts inside and hits a curling effort towards goal. There's no power in the shot and Kenneth Vermeer comfortably saves.
Barcelona have started strongly and win an early corner. Lionel Messi plays it short to Andres Iniesta, who dribbles into the penalty area. Fortunately for Ajax, a swarm of defenders quickly surround him and clear the danger.
Barcelona get the game underway at the Nou Camp. Given the history of both sides, it is remarkable this is their first meeting in the competition.
Siem De Jong returns up front for the visitors, having recovered from a collapsed lung. Christian Poulsen also makes a start, with his experience likely to be vital in shielding the defence against the offensive threat that Barcelona will bring.
Three changes from the side that defeated Sevilla last time out. Adriano replaces the injured Jordi Alba, whilst Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez replace Tello and Xavi.
Barcelona might have the best player in the world with Lionel Messi, but all eyes will be on Brazilian star Neymar, as he is set to make his debut in the competition. The striker has a glowing reputation, but he will be hoping to prove he is good enough to play at the highest level in club football. Ajax will be looking to their strikeforce to catch Barca on the counter, so expect Siem De Jong to be at the heart of any attacking play the visitors can muster.
Ajax last qualified for the knockout round in 2005/2006, a statistic that Frank de Boer is determined to amend. The manager has said Ajax are focusing on taking points from Celtic and AC Milan, hinting that anything earned against Barcelona would be a bonus. Their last visit to Spain ended in a 4-1 defeat at Real Madrid, so expectations aren't being placed on the visitors to claim any spoils. Nevertheless the manager will be insistent his side take advantage of any lapses or complacency in the Barcelona side.
Barcelona have had an unbeaten start to their domestic campaign, but questions remain over their defensive capabilities. The 7-0 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich rocked the club last season and no defensive reinforcements have been brought in. Martino might be making his debut in the competition as a coach, but there is immediate pressure to prove that his team have got that defeat out of their system. Defensive lapses last time out against Sevilla have done little to silence the doubters, but a win this evening will certainly help.
Two European giants meet for the first time in the Champions League, as Spanish champions Barcelona host Ajax. The clubs have shared a common philosophy in the recent past as a result of the influence of Johan Cruyff, but their paths have never crossed in this competition. Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino takes charge of his first european game, whilst Ajax coach Frank de Boer takes his side back to a club where he won La Liga as a player in 1999. Both sides look to play attractive attacking football and it promises to be an entertaining encounter on the vast pitch at the Nou Camp.
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Team Stats
Barcelona Ajax
4 Goals 0
3 Assists 0
15 Shots 7
9 Shots on Goal 6
7 Saves 3
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 1
11 Crosses 7
6 Corner Kicks 4
1 Offside 1
11 Fouls Committed 14
0 Cautions/Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
54% Ball Possession 46%
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Víctor Valdés 90 - 0 0 0 6
3Gerard Piqué 80 1 0 0 - -
4Cesc Fàbregas 71 0 0 0 - -
8Andrés Iniesta 90 0 0 0 - -
9Alexis Sánchez 90 0 0 0 - -
10Lionel Messi 90 3 0 0 - -
11Neymar 72 0 0 0 - -
14Javier Mascherano 90 0 0 0 - -
16Sergio Busquets 90 0 0 0 - -
21Adriano 90 0 0 0 - -
22Dani Alves 90 0 0 0 - -
6Xavi 19 0 0 0 - -
7Pedro 18 0 0 0 - -
15Marc Bartra 10 0 0 0 - -

No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Kenneth Vermeer 90 - 0 0 4 3
2Ricardo Van Rhijn 90 0 0 0 - -
4Niklas Moisander 73 0 1 0 - -
5Christian Bager Poulsen 90 0 0 0 - -
8Lerin Duarte 90 0 0 0 - -
9Kolbeinn Sigthorsson 90 0 0 0 - -
10Siem De Jong 59 0 0 0 - -
11Bojan Krkić 90 0 0 0 - -
15Nicolai Boilesen 90 0 0 0 - -
17Daley Blind 78 0 0 0 - -
24Stefano Denswil 90 0 1 0 - -
6Mike Van der Hoorn 17 0 0 0 - -
20Lasse Schone 12 0 0 0 - -
25Thulani Serero 31 0 0 0 - -
Barcelona vs. Ajax
Minute Event
90' Game Over  Barcelona 4-0 Ajax
90' Half Over  Barcelona 4-0 Ajax
90' Foul  Pedro fouled by Lerin Duarte (Ajax)
90' Corner Kick  Lerin Duarte (Ajax) - Headed Out - In Play
90' Shot on Goal  Nicolai Boilesen (Ajax)
90' Cross  Ricardo Van Rhijn (Ajax) - Headed Out - In Play
90' Foul  Sigthorsson fouled by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona)
90' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Barcelona)
89' Throw-In  Adriano (Barcelona)
88' Cross  Pedro (Barcelona) - Clearance In Play
88' Throw-In  Nicolai Boilesen (Ajax)
87' Corner Kick  Lasse Schone (Ajax) - Clearance In Play
87' Shot on Goal  Bojan Krkić (Ajax)
87' Goal Kick  Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax)
86' Shot  Marc Bartra (Barcelona)
86' Corner Kick  Xavi (Barcelona) - Off Target
86' Shot  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
86' Free Kick  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
85' Yellow Card  Stefano Denswil (Ajax)
85' Foul  Pedro fouled by Stefano Denswil (Ajax)
84' Goal Kick  Víctor Valdés (Barcelona)
83' Cross  Dani Alves (Barcelona) - Intercepted
82' Corner Kick  Xavi (Barcelona)
82' Goal Kick  Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax)
81' Throw-In  Marc Bartra (Barcelona)
80' Substitution  Marc Bartra (on). Piqué (off). (Barcelona)
79' Cross  Dani Alves (Barcelona) - Defended by Keeper
78' Substitution  Lasse Schone (on). Blind (off). (Ajax)
78' Foul  Serero fouled by Adriano (Barcelona)
77' Corner Kick  Bojan Krkić (Ajax) - Clearance In Play
77' Penalty Miss  Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Ajax)
77' Shot on Goal  Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Ajax)
77' Free Kick  Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Ajax)
76' Foul  Serero fouled by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona)
75' Goal  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
75' Shot on Goal  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
74' Shot  Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona)
73' Substitution  Mike Van der Hoorn (on). Moisander (off). (Ajax)
73' Foul  Lerin Duarte (Ajax)
72' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Barcelona)
72' Substitution  Pedro (on). Neymar (off). (Barcelona)
71' Substitution  Xavi (on). Fàbregas (off). (Barcelona)
71' Foul  Boilesen fouled by Dani Alves (Barcelona)
70' Shot on Goal  Neymar (Barcelona)
69' Goal  Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)
69' Shot on Goal  Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)
69' Cross  Neymar (Barcelona) - On Target
69' Corner Kick  Neymar (Barcelona)
68' Shot on Goal  Neymar (Barcelona)
68' Cross  Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) - On Target
68' Cross  Cesc Fàbregas (Barcelona) - Defended by Keeper
67' Throw-In  Ricardo Van Rhijn (Ajax)
66' Throw-In  Thulani Serero (Ajax)
65' Throw-In  Ricardo Van Rhijn (Ajax)
64' Foul  Boilesen fouled by Dani Alves (Barcelona)
63' Throw-In  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
62' Offside  Bojan Krkić (Ajax)
62' Throw-In  Ricardo Van Rhijn (Ajax)
60' Foul  Moisander fouled by Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona)
60' Throw-In  Adriano (Barcelona)
59' Throw-In  Adriano (Barcelona)
59' Substitution  Thulani Serero (on). De Jong (off). (Ajax)
57' Foul  Messi fouled by Niklas Moisander (Ajax)
57' Shot on Goal  Nicolai Boilesen (Ajax)
57' Cross  Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Ajax) - On Target
57' Throw-In  Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Ajax)
56' Goal Kick  Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax)
56' Shot  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
56' Cross  Neymar (Barcelona) - Off Target
55' Goal  Lionel Messi (Barcelona). Assist by Busquets
55' Shot on Goal  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
53' Foul  Neymar fouled by Ricardo Van Rhijn (Ajax)
52' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Barcelona)
51' Foul  Krkić fouled by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
50' Goal Kick  Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax)
49' Cross  Dani Alves (Barcelona) - Clearance In Play
48' Throw-In  Ricardo Van Rhijn (Ajax)
47' Throw-In  Ricardo Van Rhijn (Ajax)
46' Start Half 
45' Half Over  Barcelona 1-0 Ajax
45' Throw-In  Ricardo Van Rhijn (Ajax)
45' Shot on Goal  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
45' Goal Kick  Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax)
44' Shot  Neymar (Barcelona)
44' Cross  Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) - Off Target
44' Throw-In  Nicolai Boilesen (Ajax)
43' Throw-In  Adriano (Barcelona)
42' Throw-In  Ricardo Van Rhijn (Ajax)
41' Foul  Fàbregas fouled by Lerin Duarte (Ajax)
40' Foul  Duarte fouled by Cesc Fàbregas (Barcelona)
39' Foul  Denswil fouled by Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona)
39' Throw-In  Siem De Jong (Ajax)
37' Shot on Goal  Lerin Duarte (Ajax)
37' Goal Kick  Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax)
36' Foul  Sánchez fouled by Niklas Moisander (Ajax)
36' Throw-In  Adriano (Barcelona)
35' Cross  Daley Blind (Ajax) - Overhit
35' Throw-In  Nicolai Boilesen (Ajax)
34' Foul  De Jong fouled by Adriano (Barcelona)
33' Shot on Goal  Neymar (Barcelona)
33' Offside  Dani Alves (Barcelona)
33' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Barcelona)
31' Shot on Goal  Ricardo Van Rhijn (Ajax)
31' Cross  Bojan Krkić (Ajax) - On Target
30' Goal Kick  Víctor Valdés (Barcelona)
30' Shot  Stefano Denswil (Ajax)
30' Throw-In  Daley Blind (Ajax)
29' Cross  Lerin Duarte (Ajax) - Overhit
29' Corner Kick  Nicolai Boilesen (Ajax)
29' Cross  Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Ajax) - Intercepted
28' Throw-In  Daley Blind (Ajax)
26' Foul  Busquets fouled by Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Ajax)
25' Throw-In  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
24' Yellow Card  Niklas Moisander (Ajax)
24' Foul  Iniesta fouled by Niklas Moisander (Ajax)
24' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Barcelona)
23' Throw-In  Daley Blind (Ajax)
23' Cross  Bojan Krkić (Ajax)
22' Goal  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
22' Shot on Goal  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
22' Free Kick  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
21' Foul  Messi fouled by Lerin Duarte (Ajax)
20' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Barcelona)
19' Goal Kick  Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax)
18' Throw-In  Adriano (Barcelona)
17' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Barcelona)
17' Cross  Adriano (Barcelona) - Defended by Keeper
16' Foul  Sánchez fouled by Niklas Moisander (Ajax)
16' Corner Kick  Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) - Headed Out - In Play
15' Cross  Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) - Clearance Out of Play
13' Foul  Piqué fouled by Lerin Duarte (Ajax)
13' Foul  Duarte fouled by Cesc Fàbregas (Barcelona)
12' Throw-In  Adriano (Barcelona)
12' Throw-In  Ricardo Van Rhijn (Ajax)
10' Throw-In  Ricardo Van Rhijn (Ajax)
9' Throw-In  Daley Blind (Ajax)
8' Throw-In  Stefano Denswil (Ajax)
8' Throw-In  Adriano (Barcelona)
7' Goal Kick  Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax)
6' Goal Kick  Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax)
6' Shot  Cesc Fàbregas (Barcelona)
6' Corner Kick  Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
5' Throw-In  Ricardo Van Rhijn (Ajax)
3' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Barcelona)
3' Shot on Goal  Neymar (Barcelona)
2' Foul  Iniesta fouled by Niklas Moisander (Ajax)
2' Corner Kick  Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
1' Foul  Busquets fouled by Lerin Duarte (Ajax)
1' Start Half 
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