Barcelona put up a champions performance in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-eight tie against Shakhtar Donetsk when they put five past goals past their opponents’ goal, conceding one.
It only took 99 seconds for them to find the back of the net when World Cup winner Andres Iniesta severely punished a Shakhtar defensive error picking up a loose ball and bursting through to finish low inside the near post.
The second goal came in the 34th minute when Iniesta’s well-timed pass enabled his teammate Dani Alves to take a touch and prod in. Defender Gerard Pique then put his side in the comfort zone when his shot deflected in off Shakhtar’s Yaroslav Rakitskiy.
Yaroslav Rakitskiy then managed to pull one back for his team when he found the back of the net in the 59th minute.
That did not stop Pep Guordiola’s side from turning their goal machine off as Seydou Keita inflicted a remarkable shot in the 60th minute to put Barcelona 4-1 in front. Xavi then wrapped things up four minute from time by tapping the ball in from close range.
Despite his side’s marvelous performance in the first leg, manager Pep Guardiola has urged his men to be cautious of their Ukrainian opponents in the return leg – warning them to not think that they have done enough to guarantee themselves a place in the semi-finals.
The result is not definitive. They (Shakhtar Donetsk) are a very good team. The result is good but we have to be prudent – at their ground against Roma and Arsenal, it was hellish.
Pep Guardiola, Barcelona manager