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Shakhtar Donetsk   0 - 1   Barcelona (agg 1 - 6)

Lionel Messi wheels away after scoring for Barcelona
Messi wheels away after scoring in Donetsk to secure Barca's semi-final berth

By Jonathan Stevenson

Barcelona cruised into the Champions League semi-finals as they followed up a first-leg demolition of Shakhtar Donestsk by winning in Ukraine.

After a 5-1 victory in Spain, Lionel Messi put the tie to bed with his 48th goal of the season - a Spanish record - when he slotted in Dani Alves's pass.

Shakhtar had threatened early on when Douglas Costa and Jadson tested Victor Valdes, but Barca were always superior.

Andriy Pyatov saved Ibrahim Afellay's shot as the visitors eased through 1-0.

Barcelona will now meet the winners of Tottenham v Real Madrid on Wednesday, with their Spanish arch-rivals favourites to progress after a thumping 4-0 win in the first leg at the Bernabeu.

Barca, eight points clear at the top of La Liga and due to face Real in the Spanish Cup final on Wednesday 20 April, are bidding for a repeat of the Treble they achieved in coach Pep Guardiola's first season two years ago.

They completed the formalities in Donetsk after a scintillating performance at the Camp Nou six days ago that had all but secured their progression into the last four for a fourth successive season.

As in the first leg, they had to survive some early Shakhtar pressure - but the Ukrainian side's inability to take advantage of their initial supremacy once again cost them dearly.

Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu
Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu rues a missed early opportunity

Roared on by a partisan crowd, many of whom had seen Shakhtar lose at the Donbass Arena - their home since September 2009 - for the first time against Obolon Kiev at the weekend, the hosts began with a real purpose and unsettled their illustrious opponents.

Two of Shakhtar's Brazilian front four, Jadson and Costa, combined superbly only for Costa's shot to draw a fine save from Valdes, who was called into action again shortly afterwards when he saved Jadson's 20-yard effort after an exchange of passes with Costa.

Jadson then directed a Vasyl Kobin cross from the right straight at Valdes, before Barca, prompted from midfield by Xavi and with Messi dropping deep to try and have a bigger say on the game, suddenly moved through the gears.

Messi fired a warning shot into the midriff of Pyatov after finding some space outside the box and then, after Adriano's shot was cleared off the line by Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Messi wriggled clear of the defence only to tamely chip into the arms of the Shakhtar keeper.

The Argentine was beginning to enjoy himself, however - and just before half-time he got the goal that finished Shakhtar off and earned himself a new Spanish goalscoring record in the process.

He fastened on to an Alves ball from the right, taking a touch and slotting low past Pyatov's outstretched left hand as he went past the goal tallies of Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas in 1959-60, Barca's Brazilian Ronaldo in 1996-97 and Messi himself last season.

With the away goal in the bag and any remote chance of a Shakhtar comeback snuffed out, Barca turned on the style in the second half, moving the ball around the park with their customary sparkle.

A mazy Messi run took him past two Shakhtar defenders and opened up a pass to Afellay on the left but Pyatov produced a wonderful save to keep out the Dutchman's curling effort and then Alves screamed the rebound wide from 20 yards.

Shakhtar's fans refused to be downcast as they urged their team on to try and get on the scoresheet at least but Valdes and Barca would not let them past, the keeper sticking his left hand out to brilliantly deny Henrik Mkhitaryan.

With a potential four 'El Clasico' games against Real coming up in the next few weeks and three trophies on the line, Guardiola's side are warming up for the crucial part of the season in ominously impressive fashion.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 Barcelona FT
(HT 0-1)(agg 1-6)
    • Messi 43

    Shakhtar Donetsk

    • 30 Pyatov
    • 03 Hubschman (Fernandinho 75)
    • 13 Shevchuk
    • 32 Ischenko yellow card
    • 44 Rakitskiy
    • 08 Jadson
    • 10 Willian
    • 14 Kobin
    • 20 Douglas Costa (Eduardo 58)
    • 09 Luiz Adriano (Moreno 66)
    • 22 Mkhitaryan yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 12 Khudzamov,
    • 38 Kryvtsov,
    • 07 Fernandinho,
    • 19 Gai,
    • 11 Eduardo,
    • 29 Alex Teixeira,
    • 99 Moreno

    Barcelona

    • 01 Valdes
    • 02 Daniel
    • 03 Pique (Milito 70 yellow card)
    • 21 Adriano Correia
    • 06 Xavi (Pedrito 66)
    • 14 Mascherano
    • 15 Keita
    • 16 Busquets
    • 20 Afellay
    • 07 Villa (Jeffren 75)
    • 10 Messi

    Substitutes

    • 13 Pinto,
    • 18 Milito,
    • 19 Maxwell,
    • 26 Fontas,
    • 30 Thiago,
    • 11 Jeffren,
    • 17 Pedrito
    Ref: MeyerAtt: 48,000
    SHAKHTAR DONETSK
    BARCELONA

    Possession

    • Shakhtar Donetsk 50%
    • Barcelona 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Shakhtar Donetsk 0
    • Barcelona 0

    Attempts off target

    • Shakhtar Donetsk 0
    • Barcelona 0

    Corners

    • Shakhtar Donetsk 0
    • Barcelona 0

    Fouls

    • Shakhtar Donetsk 0
    • Barcelona 0



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