Spartak: Dykan; Makeev, Insaurralde, Suchy,
Dmitriy Kombarov; Rafael Carioca (Bryzgalov 75'), Källström; Kirill
Kombarov (Welliton 63'), Jurado, Ari; Emenike (Ananidze 63'). 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba (Montoya 87'); Xavi (Alex Song 82'), Busquets, Fàbregas; Pedro (Deulofeu 85'), Messi, Iniesta. 4-3-3.
0-1. 16. Dani Alves. Drilled low shot across Dykan after Messi assist.
0-2. 27. Messi. Following up after keeper saved shot from Iniesta.
0-3. 39. Messi. Picked up Pedro pass and rounded keeper to score.
Barcelona reserved their place in the next round of the competition after beating Unai Emery's Spartak Moscow 0-3 on a cold Tuesday evening. All three goals came before the break, with Pedro testing Dykan before Dani Alves opened the scoring on the quarter hour mark, the full back drilling a first time shot past the keeper after Messi won the ball back in the area. Suchy missed an easy chance to equalize at the other end, but soon afterwards Dykan could only push out Iniesta's shot as far as Messi, who clipped the ball back in to the net. Later in the first half Emenike failed to hit the target once again and Pedro had a penalty appeal turned down, and with six minutes to go to the break Pedro put Messi through for him to score his second of the evening, taking him level with Ruud Van Nistelrooy as the competition's second highest all-time goalscorer. With the game won Vilanova started to rest his key players after the break, but even so Fàbregas and Pedro could both have increased the lead had Dykan not been on his toes. There was a brief worry for the coach when Valdés was felled in a tackle, but the keeper recovered well enough to go on and save from Welliton. A fourth group win though for the Catalans, who are now sure of top spot of group G after Benfica beat Celtic later in the evening.