Plsen: Pavlik; Rajtoral, Cisovsky, Bystron,
Limbersky; Jiracek, Horvath (Reznik 78'); Ptrezela, Kolar (Duris 68'), Pilar;
Bakos (Sevinsky 25'). 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves (Maxwell 70'), Piqué, Puyol, Abidal (Alexis Sánchez 73'); Thiago, Busquets (Keita 65'), Cesc Fàbregas; Isaac Cuenca, Messi, Adriano. 4-3-3.
0-1. 24. Messi (penalty). After Cisovsky sent off for tripping Messi inside area.
0-2. 45. Messi. Picked up Adriano return pass and struck angled shot past Pavlik.
0-3. 72. Cesc Fàbregas. Ran in to head Isaac Cuenca cross down past keeper.
0-4. 92. Messi. Collected Piqué back-heel pass and rounded keeper to score.
Barcelona made sure of a place in the knock-out stage after a 0-4 victory over Viktoria Plsen on Tuesday night, Messi scoring his second hat-trick in four days to pass the 200 mark for his club. Things could have been different though if Valdés (who was looking to break a club record of 824 minutes without letting in a goal) had not saved from Ptrezela when he broke free early on, or if Kolar had been able to find the target soon afterwards. But midway through the first half Cisovsky was sent off for tripping Messi in the area, and the striker stepped up to convert the resulting penalty. With the man advantage Barça took control, Cuenca shooting just over the top and Messi testing Pavlik a couple of times before finishing off a long passing move at the end of the first half. After the restart Fàbregas chipped a shot just wide and Thiago headed against the bar, and with eighteen minutes to go Fàbregas got on the end of Cuenca's cross to head the third. With the game won Guardiola brought on Alexis for his first run out since a long injury lay-off, and with the game coming to an end Piqué dragged the ball back for Messi to score the fourth. A convincing result in the end, and with Borisov holding AC Milan to a draw in the other group game, the Catalans are well placed to finish top of their group.