Barca get third win in a row but fail to convince against Dynamo

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VIDEO SHOWS: FC BARCELONA MANAGER RONALD KOEMAN SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WIN OVER DYNAMO KIEV

SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (NOVEMBER 4, 2020) (UEFA - NO RESALES. NO COMMERCIAL USE. MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY "©UEFA 2020")

1. FC BARCELONA MANAGER RONALD KOEMAN AT NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM

2. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FC BARCELONA MANAGER RONALD KOEMAN SAYING:

"I think we started the match very well and I think we had some clear chances to go 2-0 up early on, but it's true that after our start we had problems controlling their game and the spaces. I think the problem was in the midfield and we went down little by little. It is a match we finally won but we have to recognise that they created more chances than would normally happen."

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4. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FC BARCELONA MANAGER RONALD KOEMAN SAYING:

"There could be talk about it being an easy match because they had players out because of COVID, but they have shown they are a competitive team and they improved during the match. They were confident about getting a draw at 2-1 and it's true our goalkeeper Marc (Ter Stegen) did phenomenal in today. They created one to one chances against him but he proved once again the great goalkeeper he is."

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6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FC BARCELONA MANAGER RONALD KOEMAN SAYING:

"It is an important competition, our start is really good. Maybe the best game was against Juventus away. Nine out of nine (points) is a really good start. Now we need to concentrate because we would like to do well in both competitions (Champions and Liga)"

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8. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FC BARCELONA MANAGER RONALD KOEMAN SAYING:

"There are things which we know we have to improve. Especially today in our game when we didn't have the ball because we left too much space for them. But we are going to have these kind of matches so we have to learn from today's match and improve."

STORY: Barcelona earned a far from convincing 2-1 win at home to a depleted Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday as Lionel Messi scored a penalty for the third Champions League game in a row with the Spaniards maintaining their winning start to the group stage.

The Argentine, who had also scored spot-kicks in wins over Group G opponents Ferencvaros and Juventus, tucked away a penalty in the fifth minute while Gerard Pique netted in the second half, glancing in a fine cross from Ansu Fati.

Dynamo, who were missing six players due to COVID-19, which also afflicted five members of staff, gave a decent account of themselves and spurned a couple of chances to equalize as well as having a goal from a corner ruled out due to the ball going out of play.

They deservedly pulled a late goal back in the 75th minute when Viktor Tsygankov slid the ball into the net, pouncing on a rebound after Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen could only parry a shot from Benjamin Verbic.

The victory put Barca on the verge of a place in the knockout stages, leaving them top on nine points after three games, with Juventus second on six and Dynamo and Ferencvaros with a point each.

Barca coach Ronald Koeman was visibly anxious on the sidelines and did not attempt to gloss over the sloppy performance.

(Production: Miguel Gutierrez)