Champions League: Barcelona Expect Tough Clash Against Sporting

Liverpool Barcelona news Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool Barcelona news Philippe Coutinho

Six points from two games and Barcelona Head the group with Sporting Lisbon in second place three points behind.

The supporter skipped past stewards and entered the playing field during Barca's 1-0 win in the Champions League Group D encounter at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, hugged the Argentina captain and kissed his boot.

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The fixture also saw Lionel Messi make his 593rd appearance for Barcelona, putting him joint-third, alongside Carlos Puyol, on the all-time appearance list. But the Argentine, one goal away from 100 in European competition, was largely subdued during a quiet first half in the Portuguese capital, with Cristiano Piccini flashing narrowly over for Sporting on 15 minutes.

"Each team is free to choose which kind of play it wants - defensive or offensive - and we will play in a way to surpass that if they decide to defend individually or zonal marking, we will do our best to overcome that with the arguments that we have from the individual and collective point of view".

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FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has explained why he substituted Luis Suarez in their UEFA Champions League game on Wednesday night, following the Uruguayan's angry reaction.

The in-swinger was flicked on by Luis Suarez before hitting Coates and rolling into the back of the net.

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Sporting Lisbon lost Seydou Doumbia under weird circumstances on Wednesday when the striker was taken off with an injury after being adjudged to have taken a dive against Barcelona. Dutch worldwide Bas Dost, who scored a league-best 34 goals last campaign, replace Doumbia, but Barca broke the deadlock early into the second half as a Messi set-piece ricocheted about the Sporting six-yard box before trickling beyond Patricio.

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