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Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk score, result, highlights as Xavi’s side stay perfect in Champions League

Barcelona continued their perfect start to their UEFA Champions League campaign by making it three wins from three as first-half goals from Fermin Lopez and Ferran Torres gave the reigning Spanish champions victory at home to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Torres lashed Barca ahead in the 28th minute after Lopez had struck the crossbar from Ilkay Gundogan’s chip on the Germany international’s 100th appearance in the competition, and the opening goalscorer turned provider eight minutes later, allowing Lopez to blast his finish off a post and beyond goalkeeper Dmytro Riznyk.

Xavi’s side are closing in on a place in the Round of 16 after joining Real Madrid and Bayern Munich as the only teams to have won 200 matches in the competition’s history, including its time as the European Cup and qualifying games.

Shakhtar made a quiet start to their first game under new manager Marino Pusic following the sacking of predecessor Patrick van Leeuwen and his coaching staff nine days ago, but the former Twente head coach’s words at halftime seemed to give the Ukrainian side the confidence to attack Barca far more after the break, when they produced 10 of their 12 attempts at goal.

Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk result

  Final score Goal scorers
Barcelona 2 Ferran Torres (28), Fermin Lopez (36)
Shakhtar Donetsk 1 Georgiy Sudakov (62)

Starting lineups:

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen (GK) – Joao Cancelo, Martinez, Ronald Araujo, Alonso – Lopez, Romeu, Gundogan – Felix, Ferran Torres, Lamine Yamal

Shakhtar Donetsk (4-1-4-1): Riznyk (GK) – Konoplia, Matviyenko, Bondar, Azarov – Stepanenko – Zubkov, Bondarenko, Sudakov, Kryskiv – Sikan

Their one effort on target was another illustration of the talent 21-year-old Georgiy Sudakov has, the midfielder racing on to Irakli Azarov’s low pass and curling a terrific finish past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Lopez, who was impressive for a Barcelona side depleted by injuries to the likes of striker Robert Lewandowski, also hit the crossbar with a second-half shot when the reliably inventive Lamine Yamal played him in.

Barcelona are next in action at home to Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday, when they will start the game a point behind their arch-rivals, who sit top of LaLiga.

Shakhtar have three points and remain third in Champions League Group H. They host Barca in both clubs’ next game in the competition on November 7.

Barcelona edge past Shakhtar in Champions League

After Shakhtar’s initial willingness to attack seemed to have been extinguished by two goals inside nine minutes, few would have expected the talented underdogs to have become much more of a threat during the second half.

Barcelona looked on course to breeze to a routine three points and three clean sheets in as many games at the start of a Champions League season for the first time in 16 years.

Lewandowski was seen smiling in the stands, perhaps enjoying the sense of procession, only for Shakhtar to respond in admirably fearless fashion.

Once the precociously brilliant Sudakov had stylishly replied, Pusic’s players showed the ambition and threat to suggest they are contenders to qualify for the knockout stages. A veteran, too was among those who could have levelled the scoreline in the form of midfielder Taras Stepanenko.

Fortunately for Barca, Xavi has his own band of young talents to call upon. Lopez was excellent on a full debut making the clear case for his inclusion on a more regular basis, deservedly contributing an assist and goal.

At 16, Lamine Yamal is four years younger than Lopez, and the anticipation whenever the Spanish top-flight record-breaker had the ball was tangible among the home support.

Striker Marc Guiu, the 17-year-old who became the youngest and fastest debutant to score for Barcelona in LaLiga on Sunday, also came on after the interval for Joao Felix, who appeared to be carrying an injury.

Aside from Shakhtar’s spirited comeback, the Portugal forward’s issue may be the only real note of concern for Xavi, but Barca must sense they will only get better once they are at full strength as their unbeaten start in the Champions League and LaLiga goes on.

The Sporting News followed the match live and provided updates and highlights below.

Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk live updates, highlights, commentary

Fulltime: Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

It was tougher than they might have expected at halftime, but Barcelona make it three wins out of three in this season’s UEFA Champions League!

90 +1 mins: Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Ever the creative presence tonight, Ilkay Gundogan produces another superb pass to send Lamine Yamal through on goal. The prodigy’s finish is just wide.

89 mins: Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Now Ronaldo Araujo has a go from a freekick, and also sends it high of the target from distance. One of those sequences of chances that Barcelona will regret, should they not win.

86 mins: Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Ferran Torres lifts the freekick over the wall – and well over the crossbar. He grimaces.

84 mins: Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Barcelona win a freekick in a useful central position not far from the penalty area. This may be shooting distance.

81 mins: Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Robert Lewandowski may be out of contention tonight but he’s up in the stands smiling – perhaps looking more relaxed than some of the Barca faithful.

Shakhtar have been far more shot-happy during this half.

78 mins: Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

A scare for Barca as substitute Newerton has a go from very long range for Shakhtar. It’s wide.

76 mins: Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Joao Felix makes way for new sensation Marc Guiu. Can the 17-year-old help Barcelona finish the job?

74 mins: Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

A long check takes place for a Barcelona penalty after an infringement is spotted inside the penalty area. They don’t receive one.

71 mins: Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Now Fermin Lopez finds the net – but it’s deemed offside! It’s a precise header from Marcos Alonso’s delivery, but it won’t count.

69 mins: Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Fermin Lopez hits the crossbar! Yamal sets him up from the right, hitting a fierce first-time shot that bounces off the woodowrk and away.

66 mins: Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Marcos Alonso is bundled over by the byline and looks to be in some pain, but eventually resurrects himself.

64 mins: Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

That’s the first goal Barcelona have conceded in the group stage, spoiling their ambitions of starting with three successive clean sheets for the first time in 16 years in the competition.

63 mins: Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

The goal stands! Shakhtar score with their first attempt on target, left-back Irakli Azarov releasing Georgiy Sudakov with a low pass inside the penalty area on the left.

Sudakov still has plenty to do but he curls a clinical, eye-catching finish past Marc-Andre ter Stegen and into the far corner of the net.

62 mins: GOAL – Barcelona 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk (Georgiy Sudakov)

Shakhtar’s man of the moment pulls one back with an excellent finish! And now comes the VAR check…

59 mins: Barcelona 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Ferran Torres thinks he has a second after he clips a composed finish over Dmytro Riznyk from Joao Cancelo’s through ball.

The offside flag is up.

56 mins: Barcelona 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Joao Felix has a shot blocked as Barcelona continue to press.

53 mins: Barcelona 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

A nervy moment for Dmytro Riznyk in Shakhtar’s goal, descending to gather a free-kick from Alonso but fumbling the ball in front of him.

Barcelona can’t quite take advantage before Shakhtar hurriedly clear.

50 mins: Barcelona 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Joao Felix almost scores! The striker leaps to power in a header acrobatically from a tight angle, and Dmytro Riznyk does well to parry it away.

48 mins: Barcelona 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Marcos Alonso flashes an inviting cross along the face of the Shakhtar goal. No-one can meet it.

46 mins: Barcelona 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Barcelona restart the action!

Halftime: Barcelona 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk’s new manager, Marino Pusic, has a huge task on his hands in his maiden game in charge now.

The visitors looked lively early on but Barcelona gradually took control, resulting in ruthless finishes from Fermin Lopez and Ferran Torres.

Barcelona are well on course to extend their perfect start to the group stage.

43 mins: Barcelona 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

A little of the gloss is taken off what has been a productive night for Ferran Torres so far: he’s booked for fouling Yukhym Konoplya.

40 mins: Barcelona 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

The action has quietened down a little since that second goal. With Real Madrid at home to come on Saturday, you suspect Barca will be happy not to go full-throttle during the rest of this game.

37 mins: Barcelona 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Fermin Lopez so nearly scored when he hit the woodwork second before Ferran Torres scored that first goal.

Now he gets in on the act as Torres turns provider, playing his team-mate in behind the Shakhtar defence with a low pass. Lopez nudges possession to his right and hammers in a shot, hitting the near post and billowing the net.

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36 mins: GOAL – Barcelona 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk (Fermin Lopez)

Two goals in nine minutes. Barca are cruising!

34 mins: Barcelona 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Yamal gets in on the act, sending a shot over the bar after collecting a Ronald Araujo pass on the right wing, cutting inside and deciding to go for goal.

32 mins: Barcelona 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Little respite for Shakhtar: Barcelona force another corner. Ilkay Gundogan, whose deft chip evaded Shakhtar’s defence for that goal, takes it.

30 mins: Barcelona 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

The goal stands! Barcelona have the lead!

Ferran Torres’ impressive start to the season continues – as does Barca’s perfect start to their Champions League campaign.

29 mins: Barcelona 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

The check’s continuing, so let’s describe the goal. Ilkay Gundogan chipped a classy pass into the penalty area to find Fermin Lopez, who controlled the ball and stuck the crossbar with his finish.

The rebound fell for Lopez in a central position near the edge of the box, and he thundered his shot into the unguarded net.

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28 mins: GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk (Ferran Torres)

Ferran Torres lashes the ball into the net following Barca’s latest attack!

It’s initially ruled out. Then there’s a VAR check…

27 mins: Barcelona 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Barca are beginning to add dominance of attacks to their superiority in possession. You sense they’re turning the screw a little.

24 mins: Barcelona 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Fine save! Dmytro Riznyk again saves with his legs, this time from Joao Cancelo after the wingback combines with Fermin Lopez and Yamal before driving a shot towards the near post.

21 mins: Barcelona 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Marcos Alonso tries to create danger with a freekick and doesn’t succeed.

18 mins: Barcelona 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Ferran Torres has a half-chance after Joao Felix’s trickery gives him a sight of goal with a one-two, but no telling danger materialises.

15 mins: Barcelona 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar will be content with how the first 15 minutes have gone under their new manager.

Xavi, meanwhile, is gesturing from the touchline, wearing all-black tonight.

12 mins: Barcelona 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Now Marc-Andre ter Stegen is called into action again, this time after Dmytro Kryskiv picks out Oleksandr Zubkov on the right.

The midfielder cuts inside, enters the penalty area and fires in a shot which takes a deflection off Marcos Alonso, falling kindly for the goalkeeper.

9 mins: Barcelona 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Dmytro Riznyk makes his first save of the evening, denying Fermin Lopez after the midfielder breaks through on goal and sends in a low effort.

The goalkeeper is equal to it, diverting the effort behind with his right foot.

6 mins: Barcelona 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Oriel Romeu sends a header over the crossbar for Barcelona!

Ilkay Gundogan, who produced some nifty footwork inside the penalty area shortly beforehand, locates Romeu with an inswinging corner from the right. His intended target rises well but can’t direct the effort on target.

3 mins: Barcelona 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar have the ball inside the Barcelona penalty area on the left, attempting to build an attack which rolls through to Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

1 min: Barcelona 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Barcelona do the probing during the opening two minutes, but Shakhtar eventually gather possession and begin to play passes around at the back.

5 mins to kickoff: The players are on the pitch under a blue sky at Barca’s temporary home! Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Joao Cancelo share a high-five and embrace before the action begins…

20 mins to kickoff: Among the notable points from the team news, it’s worth pointing out that Barcelona’s Ilkay Gundogan reaches a century of Champions League appearances tonight.

40 mins to kickoff: This could be the first time Barcelona start a Champions League campaign with three successive clean sheets since 2007/08.

They drew two and won one of their remaining group-stage games that season, then won all of their knockout games until they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate by Manchester United in the semifinals.

1 hour to kickoff: “It’s an intriguing moment to gauge our current level, given the circumstances and the tough European opponents we’re facing,” says new Shakhtar boss Marino Pusic ahead of his first game.

“I told the players: ‘You have to fight for your supporters. That’s why you need to bring your best game.'”

1 hour 20 mins to kickoff: Team news! Here are the starting lineups…

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen (GK) – Joao Cancelo, Martinez, Ronald Araujo, Alonso – Lopez, Romeu, Gundogan – Felix, Ferran Torres, Yamal

Shakhtar (4-1-4-1): Riznyk (GK) – Konoplia, Matviyenko, Bondar, Azarov – Stepanenko – Zubkov, Bondarenko, Sudakov, Kryskiv – Sikan 

1 hour 40 mins to kickoff: This could become a landmark night for Barcelona, whose next win in this competition will be their 200th, including qualifying and the previous version of the Champions League, the European Cup.

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are the only clubs to have reached that total so far.

2 hours to kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of today’s Champions League group-stage match between Barcelona and Shakhtar Donetsk! We’ll have build-up, team news and live coverage on the way as the visitors look to spring a surprise against opponents who are yet to concede a goal in this season’s competition.

Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk lineups

Barcelona’s injuries are at a season high coming into this match, with worries of a similar situation in three days for El Clasico. Pedri was out injured, as were LewandowskiRaphinhaFrenkie de JongJules Kounde and Sergi Roberto.

To make matters worse here, Gavi was suspended after he was sent off in the dying minutes of the previous victory over Porto.

All the injuries and suspensions have forced young academy products Lamine YamalFermin Lopez, and Marc Guiu into action earlier than many expected. The three teenagers all got game time over the weekend in some capacity and are likely to do so again here, with the former two starting.

Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3): Ter Stegen (GK) – Joao Cancelo, Martinez, Ronald Araujo, Alonso – Lopez, Romeu, Gundogan – Felix, Ferran Torres, Yamal

Unlike today’s opponent, Shakhtar Donetsk head coach Pusic had no injury concerns to worry about and can select his first-choice lineup.

Georgiy Sudakov is the latest young Shakhtar star destined for a top five European league. The 21-year-old has yet to score in the Champions League in his young career, but after hitting for five goals and eight assists last year in the league, the young Ukrainian has two goals through the first six Premier Liga matches of the season.

Shakhtar Donetsk starting lineup (4-1-4-1): Riznyk (GK) – Konoplia, Matviyenko, Bondar, Azarov – Stepanenko – Zubkov, Bondarenko, Sudakov, Kryskiv – Sikan 

Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk live stream, TV channel

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