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Barcelona 1-0 Dynamo Kiev: Pique helps the Blugrana secure vital 3 points.

Gerard Pique’s first half volley was the difference for the under-pressure Ronald Koeman’s side after two heavy defeats in the champions league. The Spaniard scored an important goal to earn his team their first win in Group E and keep their hope of reaching the knockout rounds.

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The Veteran defender volleyed in Jordi Alba’s cross in the 36th minute, to register Barca’s first goal of the season in the competition. The goal also made him the oldest Champions League scorer for the Spanish club.

Koeman’s team moved up to third in the group standings with 3 points. 1 behind Benfica and 3 points behind Bayern Munich ahead of their clash later that night. It was a very nervy win for Barcelona as their hosts offered little to no attacking threat without a single shot on goal.

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Koeman’s opted not to start Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Aguero probably because of the weekend’s El classico match. Pique eased the noticeably visible tension with a cool close range finish from Alba’s cross.

The Blaugrana improved after the entrance of Fati and Coutinho, with the teenager demonstrating his outstanding abilities by almost scoring a goal with a back heel.

Sergio Aguero appears to have fully recovered from the calf injury he sustained during pre-season following his move from Manchester City, and he will be in good position to participate in Sunday’s El Clasico. However, the squad will be without their veteran left back Jordi Alba, who suffered another injury during the encounter.

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‘I don’t know what it is but I have something. I’m hurt,’ Alba said.

‘It’s an important week for us, we won two games in a row and losing against Dynamo would eliminate us from the Champions League. Now it’s El Clasico and it will be tough, we need our supporters to be on our side.’

Although it is a win and three points, Barcelona’s performance was not particularly convincing. Still, after a dismal start to their Champions League campaign, Koeman can breathe a sigh of relief as his team scores its first European goal and win of the season. Real Madrid, on the other hand, may not be trembling in their boots ahead of Sunday’s El Clasico.

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