Iniesta's goal came after a trademark quickfire passing move that left the visiting defenders in disarray. He twice exchanged passes with Messi before dinking the ball around his marker and sidefooting narrowly inside the near post from close range. Villa made sure of the three points when he followed up after a Messi effort and swept the ball high into the net. Messi, Champions League top scorer the past three seasons, had earlier curled a long-range free kick on to the inside of an upright and flicked the ball on to the post after a dazzling run early in the second half. Plzen's failure to muster a shot was only the second time that has happened in a Champions League game in the last five seasons after English Premier League side Arsenal suffered the same fate against Barca last term. Plzen coach Pavel Vrba was under no illusions about the overwhelming superiority of his side's opponents and said Barca
were "in a league of their own". "I watched the last few games Barca played and it's always the same story with them totally dominating possession," he told a news conference. "The Barca players are the best in the world and I would say they are perfection, there is no other way to define it. "I said yesterday it would be a miracle if we were able to stop those players but we were not able to manage it."
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