Barcelona stumbled to a narrow 1-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday night with Ansu Fati’s strike in the second half which gave Sergi Barjuan his first Champions League victory as interim head coach.
Barça did not manage to impress all the time but managed to secure three important points that move them up to second in Group E and leave the qualification to the knockout stage in their hands with two matches left to play.
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In a sad opening 45 minutes, the hosts carved out the better opportunities with the dynamic midfielder Mykola Shaparenko who rejected two one-on-one halves in the first half.
Barça had a few half chances, with Eric Garcias blocking a header just before the break the closest they came to goal.
Dynamo continued to look better after the break but towards the end of the game Barcelona got a penalty just after the hour mark when Ansu Fati kicked Tomasz Kedziora’s hind leg inside the penalty area. However, after a VAR review, Judge Ovidiu Hategan overturned his decision.
Just over five minutes later, Barcelona found an opener with Fati who struck home with emphasis from Oscar Mingueza’s rejected cross.
Dynamo gathered after this setback and knocked out a couple of promising openings, but failed to finish. Substitute Benjamin Verbic had the best chance, with his placed effort well saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Here are your Barça players’ ratings from Ukraine …
Barcelona was shaky in the back, despite zero / SERGEI SUPINSKY / GettyImages
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) – 7/10 – Rarely called to action but made some important stops towards the end.
Oscar Mingueza (RB) – 5/10 – A threat from fixed situations and quite hefty backwards. However, his cross was offensively bad.
Eric Garcia (CB) – 4/10 – He’s young, of course, but Garcia needs to start looking like something like a competent defender. It’s starting to get silly now. Lucky not to let in a penalty.
Clement Lenglet (CB) – 4/10 – So far away from some of Barcelona’s defenders of the past, it’s laughable. Getting nutmeg in the second half before entering the book summed up his far from convincing evening.
Jordi Alba (LB) – 5/10 – Meh. Needed to offer more in the final third to help break down Dynamo’s low blocks.
Busquets did well / Quality Sport Images / GettyImages
Nico Gonzalez (CM) – 5/10 – Looks like a real talent but be quiet here.
Sergio Busquets (CM) – 7/10 – Fairly good. Gave Barcelona a solid base to dominate ball possession, recorded three interceptions, two tackles and an almost perfect passing precision.
Frenkie de Jong (CM) – 4/10 – Overwhelming. His clever passing movements and driving style were lacking during most of the match.
Fati gets a penalty revoked / SERGEI SUPINSKY / GettyImages
Gavi (RW) – 5/10 – Placed in a new role and failed to catch the eye. Feels like he lacks the raw pace and power to play as a wide man in this system. Subbed.
Memphis Depay (ST) -7/10 – Solid pieces were a highlight and worked incredibly hard. Finished with an impressive five key passes.
Ansu Fati (LW) – 8/10 – Made a goal worthy of jersey number 10 and may have received a penalty another day. So important for Barcelona this season.
Ousmane Dembele (RW) – 5/10 – Lively, very lively indeed, but his decision-making made me feel physically ill.
Ronald Araujo (CB) – 6/10 – Nice to see him back in the fold.
Alejandro Balde (LW) – N / A
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