FC Barcelona humiliated A.S Roma 6-1, in match day five of the Champions’
League Group stage this morning.

The Catalans welcomed back their god Lionel Messi, who returned
to the first XI after sitting two months out on the sidelines with a knee

Before today, the Roman resistance boasted no losses in the
Champions league against Barca, although a brace from Suarez and Messi seemed too
much for the Italian side.

The first 20 minutes of the game was an onslaught, as Barca
averaged a shot on target every three minutes. The deadlock was opened in the
15th minute by Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. The goal was classic
Barcelona, as they passed their way into the box before centring the ball up
for a Suarez goal.

The first half could have been a different story for Roma,
if Eden Dzeko put away his point blanc range header.

The second goal will have your mouth watering, as Barca tiki
taka’d their way forward before chipping the last line of defense for Messi to
chip a sweetly weighted ball over Arsenal loanee Wojciech Szczesny.

Suarez continued to place himself on the highlight reel,
scoring a cracking right foot volley after Roma failed to clear the ball out of
the box.

It was much of the same in the second half, with Barcelona
humiliating Roma’s defence as they got defender Gerard Pique on the scoresheet.
All the Spaniard had to do was tap the ball home into an empty net.

Forget the fact Neymar wasn’t on the score-sheet, his
performance was world class, as he produced a world class touch and ball,
contributing to Barca’s fifth goal.

Neymar had a chance to score late, but Szczesny saved his
penalty which was then followed up by Adriano.

Barca will go through whilst Roma will fight Bayer
Leverkusen for 2nd spot.


Arsenal have defeated Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 in group F, which
puts them on 6 points. They sit three points behind Olympiacos, who lost 4-0
today against Bayern Munich.

As their group stands, any Arsenal win against Olympiacos
will miraculously put them through to the knockout stages of the competition.

To make matters more difficult, Arsenal will have to travel
to Greece, surrounded by a cauldron of fanatic Olympiacos fans.

If Arsenal go through, the achievement will go down in
Champions League history as one of the best group stage turnarounds we have
seen to date.

Here are the updated groups for teams that played this
morning- E-H

By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here)

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