Barcelona will have to wait to book their spot in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League after being held by FC Copenhagen at the Parken Stadion this evening. Barça knew a victory in
However, second-placed FC Copenhagen went down the other end and drew level almost immediately through Claudemir to earn a share of the points - although they survived a big let-off in the final minute when Barça substitute
The result leaves Barça still top of Group D on eight points, one above FC Copenhagen and five clear of third-placed
Brazilian Claudemir was the first to be denied in the third minute when his 25-yard thunderbolt bolt clipped the top of
Two more of Barça's world champions then joined forces in the 28th minute to create another opportunity, Xavi's free-kick finding its way through to the unmarked
Wiland was beaten three minutes later, though, as Messi put Barça ahead with his 30th Champions League goal and 15th of the season in all competitions. The FC Copenhagen defence managed to crowd out Villa inside the area, but the loose ball fell to Messi who took one touch before firing in a right-footed shot that was too hot for Wiland to handle, the ball hitting the home custodian before flying in off the post.
Barça enjoyed their lead for just 60 seconds, however, before the Danish league leaders drew level. Jesper Gronkjaer's cross was parried out by Valdes and fell perfectly for Claudemir, whose first-time volley took a slight deflection off Eric Abidal en route to finding the back of the net.
Stale Solbakken's home side were giving as good as they got in an entertaining encounter and a well-struck shot from
Wiland was back in the action in the second half to block Iniesta`s close-range shot before
With time running out the game looked certain to finish 1-1, but Barça almost snatched the points and a place in the last 16 when, two minutes into injury-time, another of their World Cup contingent Pedro curled in a shot from the top corner of the box that rebounded back off the inside of the far post.