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Unfair challenge on Lazaros Christodoulopoulos by da Silva Dani Alves results in a free kick. Nikos Spyropoulos restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Elini Dimoutsos on Lionel Messi. Free kick taken by da Silva Dani Alves.
Rodriguez Pedro takes a shot. Save made by Alexandros Tzorvas.
Unfair challenge on Damien Plessis by Seydou Keita results in a free kick. Jean Alain Boumsong restarts play with the free kick.
Antonis Petropoulos fouled by Rodriguez Pedro, the ref awards a free kick. Loukas Vyntra restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Damien Plessis on Seydou Keita, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by da Silva Dani Alves.
David Villa is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Jean Alain Boumsong.
Claro Adriano Correia goes off and Scherer Andrade Maxwell comes on.
Antonis Petropoulos is ruled offside. Victor Valdes takes the free kick.
Claro Adriano Correia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Loukas Vyntra. Gilberto Silva takes the direct free kick.
Antonis Petropoulos challenges Carles Puyol unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by da Silva Dani Alves.
Hernandez Xavi goes off and Seydou Keita comes on. Eric Abidal joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gerard Pique. The referee penalises da Silva Dani Alves for handball. Free kick taken by Cedric Kante.
Lionel Messi takes a shot. Gilberto Silva gets a block in.
Rodriguez Pedro finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Panathinaikos 0-3 Barcelona.Assist on the goal came from Andres Iniesta.
Hernandez Xavi decides to take a short corner.
Claro Adriano Correia takes a shot. Alexandros Tzorvas makes a save.
Kostas Katsouranis leaves the field to be replaced by Damien Plessis.
Elini Dimoutsos goes into the book. Unfair challenge on Andres Iniesta by Elini Dimoutsos results in a free kick. Claro Adriano Correia restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from a long way out by Nikos Spyropoulos goes wide right of the goal.
Antonis Petropoulos comes on in place of Sanz Luis Garcia.
Lionel Messi grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Panathinaikos 0-2 Barcelona.Assist on the goal came from Claro Adriano Correia.
Gerard Pique fouled by Sanz Luis Garcia, the ref awards a free kick. Gerard Pique restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Rodriguez Pedro from just inside the area clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Javier Mascherano by Sanz Luis Garcia. Claro Adriano Correia takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Carles Puyol takes the indirect free kick.
Lionel Messi is ruled offside. Alexandros Tzorvas restarts play with the free kick.
Short corner taken by Lionel Messi.
Claro Adriano Correia takes a shot. Save by Alexandros Tzorvas.
The referee blows for offside against Djibril Cisse. Gerard Pique takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sanz Luis Garcia on Javier Mascherano. Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick.
Elini Dimoutsos on for Stergos Marinos.
David Villa takes a shot. Save by Alexandros Tzorvas.
Gilberto Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Lionel Messi. Lionel Messi fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Djibril Cisse is ruled offside. Victor Valdes takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Hernandez Xavi, clearance by Jean Alain Boumsong.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lazaros Christodoulopoulos by da Silva Dani Alves. Nikos Spyropoulos restarts play with the free kick.
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos fouled by da Silva Dani Alves, the ref awards a free kick. Nikos Spyropoulos restarts play with the free kick.
Sanz Luis Garcia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on da Silva Dani Alves. Da Silva Dani Alves takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos misses to the right of the goal.
The referee books Gerard Pique for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lazaros Christodoulopoulos by Gerard Pique. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sanz Luis Garcia from left wing, clearance by Carles Puyol.
Da Silva Dani Alves gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikos Spyropoulos. Free kick taken by Nikos Spyropoulos. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Victor Valdes.
Rodriguez Pedro gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Panathinaikos 0-1 Barcelona.Da Silva Dani Alves provided the assist for the goal.
Claro Adriano Correia takes a shot. Save by Alexandros Tzorvas. Hernandez Xavi takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Cedric Kante.
Claro Adriano Correia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stergos Marinos. Sanz Luis Garcia delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Victor Valdes.
Unfair challenge on Andres Iniesta by Kostas Katsouranis results in a free kick. Hernandez Xavi takes the free kick.
Djibril Cisse takes a shot. Save by Victor Valdes.
Da Silva Dani Alves fouled by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, the ref awards a free kick. Da Silva Dani Alves restarts play with the free kick.
Javier Mascherano takes a shot. Kostas Katsouranis gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside. Alexandros Tzorvas takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andres Iniesta by Kostas Katsouranis. Carles Puyol takes the direct free kick.
Da Silva Dani Alves fouled by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, the ref awards a free kick. Da Silva Dani Alves takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Cedric Kante takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Sanz Luis Garcia from the left by-line, Andres Iniesta manages to make a clearance.
The referee starts the match.
The half-time whistle blows.
The second half begins.
The referee signals the end of the game.
League on back burner for Barca
Barcelona will put all thoughts of next week`s mouthwatering Primera Division showdown with Real Madrid to the back of their minds as they take on Panathinaikos looking to secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Barca host arch rivals Madrid at the Nou Camp next Monday and will be looking to replace Jose Mourinho`s side at the top of the standings, with one point currently separating the two Spanish giants.
However, before then Barca have the chance to not only progress through to the knockout stages of the Champions League but also guarantee top spot if they can beat Panathinaikos in Athens and the other Group D match goes their way.
With two matches remaining, Pep Guardiola`s side are a point clear of FC Copenhagen at the top of the table, with Rubin Kazan five points behind and Pana six adrift.
Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta acknowledges there is great interest in the clash with Madrid, but is confident Guardiola`s men will be focused solely on their European challenge.
"It`s true that since we started the season it seems everyone has been waiting for this game (against Madrid), but the clasico would mean nothing without all the other matches," he said.
"The Champions League is a vital part of the season for us, and so this game is very important for qualification, for first place and everything that happens later in this competition."
He added: "I`ve never seen this team hold anything back. They like competing. They are very good at focusing on the important aims. The game with Almeria was a good example of that, if you don't get caught napping in the league then it's difficult for that to happen in the Champions League."
Barca warmed up for the trip to Greece by thrashing Almeria 8-0 on Saturday - equalling the club`s biggest-ever away win in La Liga.
Lionel Messi struck a hat-trick in that match, which was his sixth treble of 2010 for Barca and took his tally to 15 goals in his last 10 appearances for the club.
Panathinaikos also enjoyed a victory at the weekend, beating Iraklis 4-2 to move joint top of the Greek standings with Olympiacos.
Jacek Gmoch was in charge for that match following the departure of coach Nikos Nioplias, but Jesualdo Ferreira was named as Pana`s new coach on the same day.
Ferreira was recently sacked as coach of Barca`s Primera Division rivals Malaga just a few months into a three-year contract.
Pana are not in such good shape in the Champions League having recorded just two points and one goal from their opening four games, but nevertheless Zubizarreta is anticipating a testing time for Barca at the Spiros Louis Stadium - where Pana have lost only three of their last 58 league games.
"Whenever we go to Greece we expect highly competitive teams, and a lot of noise and pressure from the stands. I don't know what we`ll find, but that`s what we're expecting. We have the utmost respect for an important ground and a great, historic team, with good, experienced players."
Barca cruise through
Pedro scored twice and Lionel Messi capped a sublime performance with a goal as Barcelona reached the last 16 of the Champions League with an emphatic 3-0 victory at Panathinaikos in Group D.
Messi scored the second goal of the game after a superb build-up, sandwiching goals by Pedro, as Barca continued their fantastic form which saw them win 8-0 at Almeria at the weekend.
It was a tough start for new Pana manager Jesualdo Ferreira, who replaced Nikos Nioplias last Saturday after the previous incumbent's departure.
Their opening game of the group had seen the Greek side thrashed 5-1 by their opponents at the Nou Camp, which was compounded by a home defeat by FC Copenhagen.
Back-to-back goalless draws against Rubin Kazan saw them rooted to the bottom with just two points in contrast to their illustrious opponents who were top of the group.
Two wins and two draws saw Barcelona unbeaten and knowing a win would see them through.
Barcelona had the better of the initial stages but for all their dominance, Pana should have taken the lead with a glorious chance in the 20th minute when an unmarked Djibril Cisse found himself through on goal with just Victor Valdes to beat.
However, the former Liverpool striker did not appear convincing as he bore down on goal and with Valdes narrowing the angle, Cisse could only hit the ball straight at the keeper.
The hosts were made to pay six minutes later when Pedro played a one-two with Dani Alves and the striker turned and shot across the keeper and into the net.
Barca had a chance of doubling their lead five minutes before half-time when Messi found David Villa on the left of the area. The striker's first touch was too heavy, though, and goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas was able to block the shot.
The keeper then blocked bravely at the feet of Pedro before palming away a curling Villa shot as Barca pressed at the end of the half.
Tzorvas was in inspired form, producing a flying save from Adriano's curling shot which was destined for the top corner as Barca continued their attacking play in the second half.
It was a matter of time before the visitors scored again and it came with a little under an hour remaining when Messi scored a goal of vision and simplicity.
Messi started off the move on the right with Xavi and Andres Iniesta exchanging short, one-touch passes before Adriano produced a reverse pass in front of goal for the Argentinian who tapped home.
Barca were tearing Pana apart and got their third in the 69th minute. Alves played a lob into the area which Iniesta controlled before passing with the outside of his right foot for Pedro to slot home.
Police apprehended a pitch invader before the referee called a brief halt with smoke emanating from behind the goal, but the match finished without further incident.
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