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European roundup: Torres and López strike as Barça shake off Shakhtar

European roundup: Torres and López strike as Barça shake off Shakhtar


First-half goals from Ferran Torres and Fermin López helped Barcelona secure a 2-1 home win against Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League Group H tie.

The hosts dominated from the start and opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a Torres volley from a rebound off the post. They extended their lead in the 36th when López unleashed a thunderous shot that ricocheted off the left post on its way in.

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Georgiy Sudakov, the Shakhtar midfielder, stroked in a tidy finish from a counterattack in the 62nd minute to narrow the deficit, but Barcelona held on despite late pressure to secure their third win in three in the competition.

Barça are now top of their group on nine points, six ahead of Porto, who have a game in hand. The Portuguese side are still to visit Antwerp, currently bottom, with the Belgians yet to earn a point. Shakhtar are in third place on three points.

Elsewhere, in Group E, Feyenoord saw off Lazio 3-1 thanks to two goals from Santiago Giménez either side of Ramiz Zerrouki’s strike. Pedro, on as a substitute, netted a penalty for the Italians in the 83rd minute, but it was too late to inspire a comeback.



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