FT: Barcelona 4-0 Man City. An unhappy return to the Nou Camp for Pep Guardiola as Messi hits a treble to put the Catalans well clear at the top of Group C. Neymar missed a penalty but made amends with a late fourth. Both teams finished with 10-men but the red card for Claudio Bravo at 1-0 proved crucial. Mathieu received a second yellow at 3-0 but by that time the game was over.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
FC Barcelona - Manchester City
Champions League - 19 October 2016
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Barca surge forward again... but Neymar's pass is a poor one and City survive. It was on for a fifth there.
Two minutes added. City have been thumped.
- GoalNeymarFC Barcelona
GOAL! Neymar makes amends for his penalty miss, taking a pass from Messi and dancing into the area before tucking a low shot beyond Caballero.
City just want this to be over now.
PENALTY SAVE! Neymar takes an eternity with his run up but can't psyche out Caballero who dives to his right and pushes it to safety.
Messi slaloms into the area and goes down under a challenge from Otamendi... PENALTY TO BARCA.
City could have been truly hammered here on chances in the second half - but they have been their own worst enemy. It's not been vintage Barca by any means, just terrible defending and decision-making from the visitors.
Another match ball on its way to the Messi household. Wonder if he has a room or two for them?
SAVE! Caballero makes a point-blank save to deny Neymar at the back post. City's defence nowhere to be seen.
City still pressing for a goal here.
- OffAndrés IniestaFC Barcelona
- OnAndré GomesFC Barcelona
BARCA CHANGE: Iniesta off to a standing ovation. Andre Gomes on.
- OffIlkay GündoganManchester City
- OnSergio AgüeroManchester City
MAN CITY CHANGE: Gundogan off, Aguero on.
Lots of niggly fouls now as the game continues to stretch.
City still have one change to make. It's 10 v 10 - why not put Aguero on?
It's all happened at the Nou Camp tonight!
- Red cardJérémy MathieuFC Barcelona
BARCA RED CARD! Crazy challenge from Mathieu. Having just been booked he launches into a sliding challenge on the wing and upends Sterling. It's a second yellow and he's off!
- Yellow cardJérémy MathieuFC Barcelona
Mathieu booked for the foul that led to that free kick.
Fine stop from ter Stegen to deny Kolarov's low free kick.
More woeful defending from City allowed Suarez to get free and put it on a plate for Messi.
- GoalLionel MessiFC Barcelona
GOAL!!! Hat-trick for Messi. The man Guardiola said was 'getting old' in his pre-match interview comes back to haunt his old boss, tucking in Suarez's unselfish cutback.
The free kick is cleared for a Barca corner. The hosts are toying with City now.
Suarez tries to race free onto Neymar's flick but is stopped by Clichy who slides in and handles. Free kick to the home side.
Gundogan's clever reverse pass finds De Bruyne's diagonal run but the Belgian's fierce drive is beaten away by ter Stegen.
UPDATED STAT: Messi has now scored 49 goals in 50 UCL appearances at Camp Nou.
No doubt that City are now paying the price for that red card.
- GoalLionel MessiFC Barcelona
GOAL! Messi doubles his tally as he cuts in on his left foot and places it low into the bottom right-hand corner from 20 yards out.
VIDEO: Bravo sent off.
The complexion of this match has completely changed. Barca playing a bit of 'Ole' football at the moment.
The 25-yard free kick is finally hit by Messi and is arcs harmlessly over the crossbar.
CITY CHANGE: Clichy now on. Zabaleta off.
Cue the Joe Hart references!
A crazy few moments - and now a delay. Zabaleta is down receiving treatment.
- OffNolitoManchester City
- OnWilly CaballeroManchester City
CITY CHANGE: Caballaro on for Nolito who is sacrificed as the visitors go down to 10 men.
- Red cardClaudio BravoManchester City
RED CARD! Bravo has a nightmare. He comes off his line and out of his box, gifts it to Suarez and then handles the striker's attempted lob. Easy decision for the referee. Terrible return to the Camp nou for the ex-Barca keeper.
PHOTO: Messi opens the scoring.
Samuel Umtiti meets a right-wing corner with a thumping header, but it flies wide of the post.
A belated stat...
Aguero must have watched that cross and thought 'what if...' He gobbles up that type of service. Hence the pros and cons of the system. City with some neat approach but no-one in the middle to finish it.
Good start from City. De Bruyne marauds down the right and cuts a dangerous low ball into the area but Manscherano hacks it clear.
KICK OFF! Barca restart the contest. No HT changes.
Certinaly a feeling amongst some members of the press that City should have had a spot kick.
Final attack of the first half sees Digne block a ball in the area with his hand. The referee didn't see it and the home side went off with a narrow lead.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Barcelona 1-0 Man City. Messi's goal separates the sides but there are signs the visitors are growing into it.
Barca burst forward in response and Bravo beats away Suarez's shot at the second attempt after Messi had put the forward through. Bravo got a touch on the shot but had to scamper back towards his line to complete the job with Barca hoping it would bobble over the line.
City should be level. Stones meets a left-wing free kick at the far post but heads wide.
City take a short corner from the left. Gundogan has all day to pick out a cross from the byline in the area but his dink floats hamrlessly over the top. Wasteful.
Digne stamps on Silva's foot with a clumsy, late challenge but escapes the caution.
Surely Guardiola will be considering throwing Aguero on later. Barca have had to shuffle the defence twice due to injuries.
This is City's best spell of the match.
- Yellow cardFernandinhoManchester City
- OffGerard PiquéFC Barcelona
- OnJérémy MathieuFC Barcelona
ANOTHER BARCA CHANGE: Pique's night is over as he fails to shrug off the knock. Mathieu is on to replace him.
GREAT SAVE! Ilkay Gundogan slaloms beyond the injured Pique but sees his low shot smartly pushed away by Ter Stegen.
Nolito's low drive from a narrow angle is blocked by ter Stegen's feet after some neat approach play by David Silva.
This time Sterling finds De Bruyne on the overlap on the right but his low cross is claimed by the keeper at his near post.
De Bruyne feeds Sterling on the right just outside the area but the forward doesn't do enough and Digne gets a good foot in to avert the danger.
Pique still limping. Barca have already lost Alba and Pique will be keen to try and run this off.
City almost punished for some woeful defending as Messi's free kick cross is nodded wide by Rakitic after he had caught the visiting rearguard out with a late run from deep.
Play back underway with BNravo showing good awareness to spot the ball over the top for Neymar. The City keeper gets good hands on it as he slides out of the area and completes the clearance with his feet.
- Yellow cardDavid SilvaManchester City
Silva booked for the late challenge on the Barca defender.
A delay to play as Pique receives treatment.
No words required. The first 30 minutes in two images.
PHOTO: Rakitic tussles with Kolarov.
Wonder what targets they set him in his annual review?
VIDEO: Messi's opener.
All Barca since the goal.
Almost two. Another richochet from a Messi pass almost puts Suarez in but the ex-Liverpool man can only find the side netting.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo (95) has scored more Champions League goals than Lionel Messi (87) - via Gracenote live.
Far too many from his point of view.
Guardiola cut a very frustrated figure on the touchline. The gameplan was working, but a real lapse and a slip at the back proved very costly.
- GoalLionel MessiFC Barcelona
GOAL!!! Barcelona lead. Messi races onto a loose ball in the area to round Bravo and tuck home after Fernandinho had slipped trying to cut out Iniesta's return pass to the Argentine.
No doubt a cameraman has his camera trained on Pep all night...
Nolito leads a dangerous counter down the left but can't pick a pass through Barca's defence with his teammates busting a gut to offer an option in the area.
So, are Pep's tactics spot-on so far?
GOALS GUARANTEED? These two sides have scored 16 goals between them in their opening two group games so far this campaign, with Barcelona netting nine and Man City seven.
Neymar bursts into the area on the left but Otamendi gets a timely foot in as the Brazilian attempted to shuffle his feet and conjure up an opening.
- OffJordi AlbaFC Barcelona
- OnLucas DigneFC Barcelona
BARCA CHANGE: Alba shakes his head in dismay and looks to be suffering with a hamstring issue he picked up on international duty. He is replaced by Lucas Digne.
Aguero may be on the bench but City certainly aren't playing defensively. The away side's midfield are pressing forward at every reasonable opportunity.
The TV cameras caught a nice moment between Enrique and Guardiola just before the Champions League anthem got underway. The current Barca boss looked very relaxed.
In some ways the past meets the present tonight as some of Pep's old boys lock horns with the new...
DID YOU KNOW? Man City have lost six of their last eight trips to Spain in European competition, winning 3-0 against Villarreal in November 2011 and 3-1 against Sevilla in November 2015.
Lively start. Very open. Silva breezes down the right ands slides a low ball into the box but it's well read by Ter Stegen who comes off his line to claim ahead of De Bruyne.
Cracking quote about the MSN.
Could be a busy return for Bravo in the City goal. Barcelona have scored in each of their last 17 home Champions League games since September 2013 (W16 D1), netting 52 goals at an average of just over three per game.
- 1st Half
KICK OFF! City get us underway.
Pep on Aguero's absence from his starting XI: "I want more midfield players today and that is the reason why."
The plot thickens...
IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT PEP... This chap's return to Barca has been much more low key...
Guardiola is facing Barcelona as manager for the second time; as Bayern Munich boss, he was knocked out by the Catalan side in the semi-finals of the 2014/15 Champions League (3-5 on aggregate), including a 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou.
Neymar makes his 150th appearance for Barcelona in all competitions tonight. He's netted 90 goals in that time. Can City keep him and the rest of the MSN at bay?
Unlikely to happen, but City fans could well dare to dream...
A decent pre-match read.
STAT: Barcelona and Manchester City are facing each other for the third time in the last four seasons of the Champions League. The Catalans have won all four of their previous encounters with Manchester City, all in the Last 16 of the Champions League (2013/14 & 2014/15).
Gerard Pique is also a member of the Pep appreciation society.
Guardiola, who won the Champions League twice with Barca, said: "I have never thought about the game thinking a draw would be a good result. Of course it is complicated. No win in Glasgow means we have to take points off Barcelona. We have four games left, we have to win two. We have to make six points to be in the next step. We are going to try to win the first points in the next game. That is sure."
Luis Enrique (Barcelona): "I've still not spoken with Pep but this was the perfect way to go into the match against City, winning against Depor. City will be a really attractive rival. They're in a continuous progression, even more so with their [new] manager."
Can City emulate Liverpool in 2007?
If City get a result, Guardiola will be a master tactician - if they lose, then his decision not to start Aguero will come under some serious scrutiny if there isn't a knock involved.
CONFIRMED TEAMS - BARCELONA: Ter Stegen; Mascherano, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic; Messi, Neymar, Suarez... Subs: Masip, Arda, Rafinha, Alcácer, Digne, André Gomes, Mathieu. /// MANCHESTER CITY: Bravo, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva, Sterling, Nolito, De Bruyne... Subs: Caballero, Fernando, Aguero, Maffeo, Clichy, Sane, Navas.
Sounds about right. Not the first time Guardiola has gone for that system.
The big news for Man City is that Sergio Aguero is on the bench. It's 4-2-3-1 for Pep's side with Kevin de Bruyne in the most advanced role up top.
Hello and welcome to LIVE text updates of the Champions League Group C clash between Barcelona and Manchester City at the Nou Camp. For many observers this is a battle that will go a long way to deciding who will top this pool heading into the knockout stage with Pep Guardiola, returning to the club he served so majestically as a player and coach, undoubtedly the headline act.