Barcelona started its Champions League campaign with a dominating win over Ajax Amsterdam.
This was the first competitve match between the two historic sides and there was a great deal of anticipation regarding the outcome.
Barcelona looked in complete control of the opening half and had over 60 percent of possession in the opening 15 minutes. Finally, the team broke through at the 21-minute mark when Lionel Messi scored off a free kick. The goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 lead and made the Argentinean the second player to ever reach 60 goals in the Champions League; he still trails Real Madrid’s Raul by 11 as the Spaniard has 71 career Champions League goals. It was also Messi’s second of the 60 goals to be scored off a free kick; the first was scored back in 2009 at Dynamo Kiev.
The Spanish side continued to pressure the Dutch team and created a number of chances throughout the first half. Neymar had two shots on goal while Cesc Fabregas and Adriana had one apiece. Barcelona held 56 percent of possession after one half and led the shots category 5-4.
Messi added his second goal 10 minutes into the second half to give his squad a 2-0 lead. He took a pass on the right wing, cut in and fired it off his left foot to score. Gerard Pique headed home the third for Blaugrana off a Neymar cross at the 69th minute. However, that was not enough for Barcelona as Messi added his third of the match just six minutes later to tie his rival Cristiano Ronaldo for the most goals in the competition; Ronaldo scored three in Real Madrid’s 6-1 win over Galatasaray.
Ajax seemingly had a chance at redemption when they received a penalty shot minutes later, but Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes made the save.
Next up for Barcelona is a date with Celtic; the team that defeated them last season in the group stage. Meanwhile Ajax will look to pick up three key points against AC Milan.Share on Facebook