Fenerbahçe 0 - Barcelona 3
Rustu; Dogan, Umit, Mirkovic, Abdullah; Lazetic, Ogun (Meric 74'), Johnson,
Revivo; Serhat (Oktay 46'), Rapajic (Ceyhun 70'). 4-4-2.
After their opening match last week was postponed, Barcelona started the league stage with a comfortable victory over Fenerbahçe. Charly Rexach decided once again to leave Saviola on the bench, keeping the same starting line up which drew 0-0 at the weekend with Osasuna. Although the decision was much criticised by local fans, Rexach was proved right as the Catalan side raced in to a two goal lead with less than half an hour gone on the clock. The first goal came from Kluivert, who had time to place his shot wide of Rustu after Rochemback played on Geovanni's cross from the right. Three minutes later Patrik Andersson scored his first goal for the club, throwing himself forward to meet Rochemback's corner from the left which was headed back by a defender. And it should have been three by half time, as the visitors wasted a triple chance near the break, with Rustu saving from Geovanni and Kluivert and then Luis Enrique putting the rebound over the bar.
Rexach brought on Saviola ten minutes in to the second half, and the young striker took advantage of a bad back pass by Umit soon afterwards to score his first official goal for his new club. A power cut held up the game for 20 minutes, and when the lights came back on Saviola almost got a fourth goal for his side when his header from Kluivert's cross dribbled just past the post. A minute later though Bonano made the best save of the game when ex Las Palmas striker Oktay broke free in front of goal. This was Barcelona's The game ended soon afterwards, but many of the home supporters had left by then. After three losses and a draw Barcelona had finally won in Turkey, and their victory takes them to the top of their group, ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, who beat Olympique Lyon 0-1.