Barcelona win big in Ukraine and seal a spot in the Round of 16 of the Champions League, in impressive fashion. With a number of key players injured or resting, Barça’s second-string side demolished Dynamo in the capital, with standout performances from Sergiño Dest and Carles Aleñá.
The first half of the game was fairly uneventful, but following Sergiño Dest’s fantastic opener in the second half, the floodgates opened for the Catalans, with Martin Braithwaite bagging a brace and substitute Antoine Griezmann rounding off the scoring to make it four.
There were plenty of new faces involved in Ronald Koeman’s side, including Barça debuts to Matheus Fernandes, Konrad de la Fuente and Óscar Mingueza. The latter was excellent at the back and made a great impression on his first appearance for the first team.
Watch: Barcelona 5-1 Alavés, Match Review
Barcelona emphatically defeat Alavés at the Camp Nou by five goals to one, with Trincão, Messi and Junior all on the scoresheet. This was a good confidence builder for Barça, heading into the game against PSG on Tuesday, as Ronald Koeman was able to rotate his side, whilst picking up 3 more points. Check out my full match review below:
Koeman also handed out a first league start to youngster Ilaix Moriba, who despite his error leading up to Rioja’s goal for Alavés, did impress on the night. But standout performers were certainly Lionel Messi and Francisco Trincão. The former showcasing his eternal genius once more, with the latter slowly building confidence and turning into an effective goal scoring winger for Barcelona.