Barcelona beat Manchester City by 4-0
Barcelona beat Manchester City by 4-0 at Manchester.
The goals were scored by Messi (17′ minutes, 61′ minutes, 69′ minutes), Neymar (89′ minutes) for Barca.
City were competitive in the first half, but made far too many errors against a ruthless Barcelona revelling in Messi’s return from injury.
A Fernandinho slip inside his own box put Messi clear for his first, then Kevin de Bruyne lost possession allowing Andres Iniesta to set up the Argentine for a left-footed strike into the bottom corner.
The evening got worse for the visitors when goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was sent off for handling outside the box and minutes later Messi struck again.
Willy Caballero saved a late Neymar penalty, but the Brazilian scored from open play minutes later to complete a comprehensive win for the La Liga side.
The victory maintained Barcelona’s 100% start in Group C and extended their lead over City to five points.
City have not won any of their past four matches but are top of the Premier League and Guardiola won his first 10 games after he took charge in the summer.
The 45-year-old said his side needed more time to be capable of challenging at Barcelona’s level.
“We lost the game 4-0, but we are a new club, we are getting to know each other,” he said. “We are a club that for 35 years was not in Europe.
“We came here and played with huge personality but it is always difficult to play Barcelona with 11. With 10 the game was over. Until then the game was open.”
The Premier League leaders were marginally the better side in the first half this time – they made only 30 fewer passes than the hosts and had an almost identical passing accuracy (78.4% to Barcelona’s 78.6%).
Had defender John Stones headed home David Silva’s free-kick to level before the break, the second half might have unfolded differently.
Neville, who won the competition with Manchester United in 1999, added: “City have still got a way to go. Their players were giving the ball away, not following the instructions of Guardiola.
“There are better teams in Europe than Barcelona this season but they were far better than Manchester City.”