Bit of a topsy-turvy start to the match for Barcelona. Gerard Pique left the match in the 12th minute with some kind of foot injury, forcing Alex Song off the bench an in to the defense. This could be a serious long term problem for Barca with Carles Puyol already on the shelf for a month or more with a knee injury. For today though, they'll be happy they're facing Spartak Moscow.
Cristian Tello cheered up the home crowd two minutes after Pique's injury with a lovel right footed strike from around 20-yards out. Xavi made the pass to get Tello the ball and the 21-year Spaniard did the rest as he got Spartak defender Kirill Kombarov to go to ground and then jumped right by him and beat Andriy Dykan with a low shot to the far post.
Dani Alves scored one of the best back heel goals you'll ever see in the 29th minute...the only problem being it was in his own goal. Spartak's Emmanuel Emenike blew past Barca's high line and sent a low cross that nutmegged Alex Song as he attempted to clear before rolling to Alves who inexplicably did a fancy back hell move and easily beat a stunned Victor Valdes. Just a disastrous moment, but Spartak was happy to take it.
Definitely an entertaining first 45 minutes at the Camp Nou, the second half should be extremely interesting.
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