10-man Barcelona dispatch Olympiakos

Barcelona’s unbeaten record in Group D of the UEFA Champions League continued when they beat Olympiakos 3-1 in Wednesday’s clash at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona 3 Olympiakos 1
Nikolaou hits own goal
Pique sees red
Messi makes it 2-0 and Digne scores a third
Nikolaou scores consolation

Match summary

Barcelona were in control and took a 3-0 lead with strikes from a Dimitrios Nikolaou own goal as well as strikes from Lionel Messi and Lucas Digne.

Gerard Pique saw red for the home team which mattered little despite Dimitrios Nikolaou’s late goal for his team.

Match report

Barcelona started the stronger of the two sides as expected with Luis Suarez inches away from converting a superb curling cross from Gerard Deulofeu in the sixth minute.

Barca’s pressure would pay dividends in the 18th minute when Deulofeu broke forward from Sergi Roberto’s pass, and hit a cross into the area aimed for Lionel Messi which Dimitrios Nikolaou diverted into his own net.

Moments later it was nearly 2-0 as Paulinho’s header hit the bar from Andres Iniesta’s accurate cross. Just before the break, Gerard Pique saw red for a second yellow card as he blatantly handled Deulofeu’s cross into the net.

Despite being down to 10 men, Messi doubled the hosts advantage when his free kick beat Silvio Proto from distance. In the rain at the Nou Camp it was his 100th goal in UEFA compeitions. Barca made it 3-0 in the 64th minute as Lucas Digne converted from Messi’s assist.

Proto then denied both Paulinho and Messi with a terrific double save as Blaugrana poured forward in search of more goals. With the result seemingly decided, Dimitrios Nikolaou did find a consolation goal in the 89th minute when he converted Kostas Fortounis’ corner in the closing stages.