Barca Scrape Past Lisbon
UEFA Champions League Report: Sporting Lisbon v FC Barcelona 27 September 2017
UEFA Champions League
Result: Sporting Lisbon 0-1 FC Barcelona
Date: 27 September 2017
Venue: Estádio José Alvalade
FC Barcelona maintained their winning start to the UEFA Champions League campaign with a narrow 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon.
The Catalan giants dominated possession in the early stages, moving the ball across the field with relative ease.
Jorge Jesus' charges were absorbing the pressure and staying compact at the back half-an-hour into the match.
After 40 minutes Ernesto Valverde's troops were having the lion's share of possession but could not penetrate Sporting while playing narrow, with Lionel Messi sitting just behind Luis Suarez.
Barca could not make their possession count and Jesus was happy to go into the halftime break goalless.
Sebastian Coates scored an own goal in the 49th minute giving the Catalans the lead following a Messi free-kick that bounced off the defender, with Suarez also getting the touch, in the six-yard box and into the back of the net, 0-1.
After the hour-mark the game was opening up with the hosts now forced to come out of their defensive blocks, which suited Valverde's charges.
Messi had a chance to double the lead for Barca in the 73rd minute but his curling free-kick from 25-yards missed inches over the bar.
In the last seven minutes, Andrés Iniesta was taken off for Brazil international Paulinho as they looked to shore up the midfield.
In the end, the Catalan outfit saw out the game to claim the narrow win away from home.