Barca seeks early route into last 16


MADRID: Defending champions Barcelona could seal their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare in Group E when they host BATE Borisov on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). A third consecutive Champions League victory for the Catalans, despite the prolonged absence of the injured Lionel Messi, allied to Roma not beating Bayer Leverkusen at home, will mathematically seal the five-time champions’ place in the knockout stages. Luis Suarez and Neymar have carried the goalscoring burden in Messi’s absence, scoring all of Barca’s last 14 league goals.



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