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Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk: Blaugrana mount yet another comeback

An injury-depleted Barcelona secured a 2-1 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, maintaining their perfect record in Champions League Group H.

Despite missing key players like Robert Lewandowski, Pedri, Raphinha, and the suspended Gavi, Barcelona emerged victorious. They took a commanding two-goal lead into halftime, thanks to Ferran Torres’ powerful volley and Fermin Lopez’s spectacular long-range strike.

While it appeared that Barcelona would comfortably secure three points, Shakhtar’s resilience posed challenges in the second half. Georgiy Sudakov scored a goal for Shakhtar as they pushed for an unexpected equalizer, but Barcelona managed to hang on for another Champions League victory.

Despite fielding a weakened lineup against Shakhtar, Barcelona quickly found their rhythm. Early in the game, Lopez made a dangerous run into the box, only to be denied by Dmytro Riznyk.

Barcelona finally broke through the stubborn Shakhtar defense just before the half-hour mark. Torres hammered home a powerful shot after Lopez’s attempt hit the post, initially ruled offside but eventually awarded after a VAR check.

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Barcelona extended their lead with a stunning goal at the 37-minute mark. Lopez, who had been instrumental in the hosts’ performance, unleashed a venomous strike from 20 yards, with the ball hitting the inside of the post before finding the back of the net.

In the second half, Barcelona continued to dominate, with Joao Felix testing the Shakhtar goalkeeper with an angled header three minutes after the restart. Torres appeared to have doubled Barcelona’s lead around the hour mark, but his delicate chip was correctly ruled offside, much to Shakhtar’s relief.

However, Shakhtar unexpectedly found a glimmer of hope. Georgiy Sudakov made a well-timed run behind Barcelona’s defense, receiving a pass from Irakli Azarov and calmly finishing to reduce the deficit.

With anxiety growing in the stadium, Lopez nearly restored Barcelona’s two-goal lead. His first attempt from the edge of the area struck the woodwork before his fantastic looping header was disallowed for offside.

Shakhtar pressed for an equalizer as Barcelona’s nervousness became apparent, but the hosts managed to secure their third Champions League group stage win before the El Clasico this weekend.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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