UEFA Champions League: Sporting CP vs Barcelona 0 – 1 [HIGHLIGHTS DOWNLOAD]
Barcelona narrowly earned a straight win at Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon in their Champions League Group stage match against Sporting CP. The September 27 encounter ended 0-1 in favour of the Spanish side.
The La Liga leaders were left frustrated following a goalless first half as the Portuguese side produced a determined defensive display.
However, the deadlock was broken four minutes into the second half when Luis Suarez‘s flicked header deflected onto Coates and back into the net.
There was, though, no 100th European goal for Lionel Messi, who saw a couple of first-half chances saved and also fired over from a free kick.
It was a somewhat cagey opening, before Messi had a decent chance on 20 minutes.
The Argentina playmaker, though, shot straight at goalkeeper Rui Patricio after Suarez stepped over a pass from Jordi Alba.