FC Barcelona continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-1 win over Olympiakos at the Camp Nou. Blaugrana took the lead in the 17th minute after Nikolaou redirected Duelefuo’s ball into an own goal. Four minutes from the break, Pique saw red for his second bookable offense when he handled the ball for a goal.
Nonetheless, the Blaugrana continued to dictate tempo even though they were a man down. Messi scored the insurance goal in the 60th minute from a wonderful curving free kick. That goal was his 100th European goal and three minutes, Messi would set up Barça’s third and final goal courtesy of Digne. This result meant that Barça were group leaders with 9 points from three matches and now will shift their attention to last place Malaga on Saturday.
Match Stats (From Sport):
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Digne, Busquets (André Gomes, 79′), Paulinho, Iniesta (Rakitic, 67′), Deulofeu (Mascherano 45′), Messi & Suárez
Olympiacos: Proto, Elabdellaoui, Botia, Nikolaou, Koutris, Romao, Gillet (Djurdjevic, 54′), Zdjelar, Carcela-González (Pardo, 64′), Odjidja (Fourtounis, 72′) & Androutosos
Goals: 1-0, Nikolaou (Own-Goal 17′); 2-0, Messi (60′); 3-0, Digne (63′); 3-1, Nikolaou (89′)
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Cautions: Piqué (10′ & 41′); Romao (3’0′), Nikolaou (59′), Elabdellaoui (90′).