Gerard Piqué’s purpose equaled a Champions League scoring mark for defenders and helped Barcelona defeat Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 on Wednesday to finish its dropping streak and get again in place to advance to the knockout stage of the European competitors.
Piqué scored his sixteenth Champions League purpose to safe the essential win for Barcelona, which had opened with consecutive 3-0 losses to Bayern Munich and Benfica and was in peril of not getting previous the group stage for the primary time since 2000-01.
The victory put the Catalan membership in third place in Group E, two factors in entrance of Dynamo and one behind Benfica, which hosts chief Bayern later Wednesday.
It was Barcelona’s second win in a row after it had gained solely as soon as in six matches in all competitions.
It had been winless in 5 straight Champions League video games, its longest run with out a win since 1997. It had misplaced its final three Champions League matches at residence for its worst streak ever within the European competitors.
Piqué opened the scoring with a one-timer from shut vary after a cross by Jordi Alba throughout the realm within the thirty sixth minute, becoming a member of former Actual Madrid left again Roberto Carlos because the top-scoring defender within the Champions League. Piqué had been tied with former Madrid central defenders Sergio Ramos and Iván Helguera with 15 targets.
The 34-year-old Piqué additionally grew to become the oldest Champions League scorer for the Catalan membership, surpassing Sylvinho, who netted in opposition to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2008.
Striker Sergio Aguero got here off the bench within the seventy fifth to interchange Memphis Depay and make his second look with Barcelona since becoming a member of the membership from Manchester Metropolis this season.
Barcelona had by no means misplaced greater than two group-stage video games since 1997-98.
Dynamo had opened with a house draw in opposition to Benfica earlier than dropping 5-0 at Bayern in a outcomes that equaled its heaviest defeat in a UEFA membership competitors.
Barcelona’s subsequent match is the Spanish league “clásico” in opposition to Actual Madrid on the Camp Nou on Sunday.
Within the Champions League, it’s going to go to Dynamo in November.
Solely about 45,000 followers attended Wednesday’s match on the Camp Nou Stadium.