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BARCELONA, September 30 – Holders Barcelona recorded their first Champions League win of the new campaign with goals from Lionel Messi and substitute Pedro securing a 2-0 win over Dinamo Kiev at Camp Nou on Tuesday.MESSI_ROME_After a perfect five wins in the league Barca kick-started their European defence and replace Kiev at the top of Group F on four points after Inter Milan drew 1-1 with Rubin Kazan.

Argentine Messi, top-scorer in last season’s Champions League with nine goals, scored Barca’s first goal after 25 minutes before substitute Pedro, the latest hope from the club’s youth team, added a second to bring up a scoreline that still didn’t reflect their dominance.

"I was fortunate enough to score and just hope it is not the last," said Pedro. "I have to take advantage of the minutes I get in this team and try to make my mark.

"It is important to get a first win in the Champions League so we can relax a bit and be at the top of the table although we still have to keep on working hard and winning."

With French international striker Thierry Henry out injured, Spanish international Andres Iniesta, Barcelona’s Champions League semi-final hero against Chelsea last season, made his first start since the 2-0 final win over Manchester United in May.

After several months out with a thigh injury Iniesta has been bedded in slowly with substitute appearances but he looked razor-sharp and had a penalty shout turned down on the quarter-hour mark after he went down after having his shirt tugged.

Dinamo, semi-finalists in 1999, went close themselves though when Barca’s Brazilian defender Dani Alves had to shuffle his feet quickly to clear a ball zipped across the penalty area.

"Because of our ambition we always want to improve," said Alves. "Sometimes in the Champions League we give teams some chances on the counter attack and one day our rivals will be more clinical and give us a fright."

With 25 minutes gone Barca registered their first Champions League goal in this season’s competition and, predictably, it was Messi who scored it.

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The Argentine, who has been scoring freely in the league, drifted inside with a burst of pace and before the Kiev defence had time to react he had curled a trademark finish into the corner.

A minute later Zlatan Ibrahimovic produced a vintage pass for Messi but the chance went begging and when the pair reversed roles shortly afterwards Ibrahimovic saw his chip blocked.

The two stars have struck up a real rapport despite having just started playing together and were carving a hapless Kiev open at will.

In contrast, former AC Milan striking icon Andriy Shevchenko, celebrating his 33rd birthday, was starved of service up front for the away side.

A youthful Shevchenko scored a first-half hat-trick for Kiev in a 4-0 group stage win over Barcelona at Camp Nou back in November 1997 but he didn’t have a look-in this time around as Barca controlled proceedings.

In the second half Ibrahimovic and Messi resumed their torture of the Kiev defence and both had chances to score in the first five minutes after the interval.

After 67 minutes Ibrahimovic was denied again as his drilled shot was well saved after a great run and pass from Seydou Keita.

The second goal finally came in the 76th minute with the ubiquitous Ibrahimovic setting up subsitute Pedro to slot home after neatly shifting the ball onto his left foot.

Barcelona sit a point above Kiev at the top, with Inter Milan two points back in third, and the champions’ next match is against Rubin Kazan on October 20.

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46 Comments

46 Comments

  1. Nderitu Werugia

    March 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

    rubbish from thief

  2. VULIMU

    March 18, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I concur with you Ngunjiri Wambugu. please tell them that we cannot move on when democracy is on trial. IEBC should stop misuse of our money to cover for he mess they have subjected us to.

  3. Mwangi Kamau

    March 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I am neither a Judge nor an advocate but I have looked at the issues that the Cord team have raised in their petition to challenge the Election results and I am fully
    convinced that the learned judges of the Supreme Court of Kenya will throw out the petition with the contempt that it deserves.

    First and foremost I take issues with Cord contention that the procurement
    of BVR kits was not procedural, my question is were these not the same people
    in government who could have stopped the procurement of these kits? secondly
    why did they accept to participate in an Election where they felt they stood a
    risk of loosing because they had no confidence in the voting systems? you
    cannot eat food without salt then later on you complain of Indigestion.

    Their complain of IEBC having the same company sharing their server with
    that of TNA, is despicable to the extreme. there are very many companies that
    share the same host for their servers, even Cord could have done the same if
    they wanted, and most important they need to demonstrate how IEBC and TNA
    having the same company to host their servers would have affected election
    results.

    Cord’s complain of voter register being interfered with and numbers inflated
    by 85,000 is an insult to the Intelligence of Kenyans, they claim this started
    happening in February. my question is, did they seek an explanation of the so
    called changes from IEBC before accepting to go to the polls on March 4th. Can
    they even proof that the so called inflation of figures was done to favor
    Jubilee.

    Their claim that results from certain constituencies were above the
    registered number of voters is hypocritical to say the least. IEBC has time and
    time again published presidential Election results in almost all local daily’s
    and no one appear to have noticed the discrepancies that the Cord team is
    raising, I only hope they are referring to the same results like every body
    else.

    My advice to the Cord bregade is that they fought a good fight to win the
    presidency but unfortunately lost to a better team, its time to accept the
    results and move on, after all loosing an election is not the end of the World.
    they can even start campaigning now if they so wish for the 2018 Elections.

    • dd

      March 18, 2013 at 10:38 am

      ur astupid motherfucker who doesn’t know what to say

    • johney

      March 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Kwani hii wall ni ya tna pekeyake?

    • bababram

      March 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      stop reasonning by your stomach. Give a brain at least a portion.

      Ukabila itawapeleka wapi. Nonsense.

    • Opuk Linstu!

      March 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      Bw. Mwangi Kamau: you should be ashamed of yourself, why do you copy paste somebody’s comments???? You should apologize to the so called Prof Katisya. Shame shame shame!!!!!!! Hata hauna aibu!!!

  4. Fazul Abdullah

    March 18, 2013 at 9:16 am

    There will be a live feed over the 2 days of hearing set for Wednesday and Thursday next week, and like the last integrity case that was thrown out days to March 4th, the judges may reserve their reasons for decision UNTIL a later date. so transparency is guaranteed.

    What peace are they preaching when they are talking of ‘CRIMINALS WHO SHOULD BE IN PRISON,and NOT STATE HOUSE’?

    My question is, what will CORDom call the speech AFTER SC throws out their case? DEMOCRACY HANGED BY ITS *****?

    • Beloved King

      March 18, 2013 at 10:40 am

      @twitter-332055089:disqus! A very wise man once said, “it is better to let people think you are stupid than to open your mouth and prove you are stupid” It’s beyond reasonable doubt that the president elect and his vice are International CRIMINAL SUSPECTS. They are suspected for crimes against humanity: Murder, Rape, and forceful displacement. Today one of the criminals suspects will be arguing for his immunity at the status conference. Here in Kenya the vice is in the court fighting land grabbing case. It’s only an idiots like you who cant see that a criminal is a criminal and is either guilty or innocent until proved otherwise. In a nutshell: Uhuru and Ruto should be in jail.

      • Fazul Abdullah

        March 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        “it is better to let people think you are stupid than to open your mouth and prove you are stupid”

        A very stupid man points one finger at me while pointing four at himself. Why are they not in jail until proven innocent

  5. Wilfred Yebei

    March 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

    The BBC journalist for the financial times was right, Rao had told her that if he looses the election he will not accept defeat.Going back to history Rao can not accept defeat.This time he and all other presidential candidates including rejected votes were defeated with a whooping 1m votes.Which ever way the supreme court rules we are prepared to install Uhuru and Ruto IN government.If the court rules otherwise we shall vote to a man including all Kenyans of Goodwill.

  6. Samuel Kinyua

    March 18, 2013 at 9:36 am

    cord wanapoteza time

  7. Nyambush

    March 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

    In 2008, I read from the media that “Mwenge”-house (the premises of orange party) was broken into and computers were stolen. This was when the country went mayhem in 2008. Just the other day, there was theft of BVR machine from Ruiru Country and election materials taken. Who would be interested in these and who would benefit from such an act? Are these two events ringing a bell in the mind of readers? Surely, when you go to court, its with full understanding that your facts are correct, both upside down and down-side up! I tend to imagine that these equipment were not bought in camera. My question remains “Did anybody seek their verification before hand and not after? Are these thefts of convenience by any chance? The investigators should tell us this, now than ever.

  8. Kiprotich Langat

    March 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Can someone tell this Raila man that he will NEVER be the president of Kenya..Irrespective of what the court rules, he is bound to loose miserably, even if it is a Re-run or a run-off!

    • Jabes

      March 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      who are you to decide that RAO will never be the president. Let’s wait for the Supreme court to decide. Mr Langat, we need open minded people who have wider outlook. Your gloating and side shows does not help our country.

  9. Loise Ndungu

    March 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Are-run will produce the same results. Raila lost and will lose again. He just wants another chance. Must things go raila way for Kenya to have peace? How thirsty is he to rule?

    • Wangechi

      March 19, 2013 at 8:48 am

      This is sad.

  10. Gerald Magambo

    March 18, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Wilfred Yebei, unmask yourself!! and how did you do this simple sum to arrive at a difference of one million?

  11. Tom Mox MultiGlobe

    March 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

    As we preach peace, it has to be practical. Peace should be a product of justice. If any one covers an active volcano with a thin layer of sand, and sit on it; the lesson will not be pleasant.

  12. Beloved King

    March 18, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Fazul Abdullah! A very wise man once said, “it is better to let people think you are stupid than to open your mouth and prove you are stupid” It’s beyond reasonable doubt that the president elect and his vice are International CRIMINAL SUSPECTS. They are suspected for crimes against humanity: Murder, Rape, and forceful displacement. Today one of the criminals suspects will be arguing for his immunity at the status conference. Here in Kenya the vice is in the court fighting land grabbing case. It’s only an idiots like you who cant see that a criminal is a criminal and is either guilty or innocent until proved otherwise. In a nutshell: Uhuru and Ruto should be in jail.

  13. David Irungu

    March 18, 2013 at 11:21 am

    whether RAO or UHURU rules kenya my plate of ugali will not change, all we need is a transparent, democratic governance

    • chumbibye

      March 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      kudos. well spoken like a democrat. we need people like you whose decisions don’t border on tribal lines.

    • Michael Jones

      March 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      This is a lie.

      Every Kenyan knows that the West controls everything (even the weather). Even if you get transparent, democratic governance, the West might just steal your plate of ugali.

      Obama will personally eat it in front of your face and laugh! Then the ICC wil come to arrest your grandma for PEV.

      Remember – EVERYTHING IS THE WEST’S FAULT! If you forget that, then you will be forced to ask yourself why you voted for a man who allegedly hurt your own country’s citizens.

      • benja

        March 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

        Forgot to take your pills?

      • omundustrong

        March 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

        The man I voted for is none of your business but in view of the assumption that you have made, the man was cleared by the High Court to vie for the top seat and the guiding maxim in our justice system is of one being presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

  14. danny

    March 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

    work hard wambugu you will be ashamed in broad daylight when uhuru runs kenya. meza wembe brother

  15. Walter Okoth

    March 18, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Langat, you only have one vote. It is someone now, very soon it will be you going to the same court.

  16. Walter Okoth

    March 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

    If you are a TNA and do not agree with Wambugu. Do not read the article.

  17. fred

    March 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

    you have talked more than a million pple , thax u sir for being such a patriot

  18. JesusIsLord

    March 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Kenya belongs to more than 40 communities.
    Those castigating Raila should consider and understand that the man has done more for this country than all the current crop of politicians combined. Those who support him also should realize that it is possible that Raila may never become president of Kenya.
    My thoughts to Uhuru and Ruto supporters is this; humility is a good thing. The shoe will be on the other foot one day. Truth lives forever,do not campaign based on lies and sit tight expecting that the chicken will never come home to roost.

    Lets build a united Kenya that will be a better place for all of us and for our children.

  19. Mathenge Amos

    March 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Until the president of Kenya is elected in a conclave,the people will never move on as one Mr opinion leader. You should analyze the 50% +1 concept. It means that a people will always be divided down the middle and Kenya being a winner takes all democracy, the losers will naturally oppose the winner if just for the sake of it (read i wasn’t consulted). The authors of this new constitution should have known better (maybe 90% +1)The other thing is, if everybody believes that the court will rule in their favor means there can never be a winner. This is underlined in the outgoing vice presidents comments yesterday (Sunday) that he (CORD) will accept a ruling against them only “since there are no avenues for appeal” the supreme court being the highest in the land. What this sounds like is that the only verdict they will be willing to take is one that rules in their favor. I read a lot of bias in this article but which i guess is a right and freedom of expression guaranteed in the constitution. I will exercise mine too and ‘jubilate’ the winner until otherwise proven.

  20. Michael Mulela

    March 18, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    good points.

  21. kbnyush

    March 19, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Raila should realise the 6.1 million people that voted for Uhuruto did not die and went to heaven…if their is a re-run im very sure they will be more resolved to vote against u as to teach rao a lesson in eating humble pie..the ground has shifted and as the days pass by rao looks more of a loser with his parrot sidekicks ababu and muthama…while uhuru looks more presidential,reconciliatory, preaching for peace and has hit the ground running…all those rumors about sanctions were baseless and kenyans got to see that..the icc cases are crumbling..so if he things a re-run or runoff will change the outcome he is in for a rude shock….i now believe he never won 2007 election…seeking justice is commendable but lying to kenyans that he actually won by more than 1.2 million vote..is quite disturbing..i remember went he started saying there were plans to rig this elections i told my friends he setting the ground to reject the outcome if he indeed loses…by saying he won the election he is setting the grounds to reject the outcome of the SC if they dont uphold his petition thats why he is taking his case to the peoples court ..then we start hearing no raila no peace.then call for mass action..then koffi annan ,then nusu mkate is effected..you can take this to the bank its going to happen..the most polarizing politician in kenya is non other than RAO…he should just retire with kibaki and kalonzo…

  22. sam

    March 19, 2013 at 3:04 am

    What if its Rao who won, would he have told iebc not to declare him president elect because there was mischief with presidential tallying?

    • chumbibye

      March 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      stupid question….in such case it would not be raila but uhuru that is if he did not opt to concede

  23. CHARLES KARIUKI

    March 19, 2013 at 8:24 am

    kenyans should never confuse fight for justice and democracy with greed of power.

  24. Wangechi

    March 19, 2013 at 8:41 am

    “In 2007 Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner and was hurriedly sworn in.
    Raila immediately disputed this victory and most likely with the benefit
    of hindsight chose not to go to court with a petition. He instead
    called for mass action”

    Ngunjiri, are you confirming to us that it was Raila who called for Mass action?

    • mugo

      March 30, 2013 at 5:41 am

      wacha ujinga wako kikuyu kupambavu. Kikuyus need to be fried in hot furnace na hiyo tamaa ya fisi. Plans are at advanced stage to either punish these greedy for good and silence them until eternity.jinga!

  25. Wangechi

    March 19, 2013 at 8:53 am

    “Unlike 2007, Raila Odinga has declared that there will be no street protests”

    I had to check when this was written (& it is 18th March) because he was in the coast yesterday saying he won (in a rally) and previously in Kibera. He IS going to the streets, we saw him mobilize people to file papers at the Supreme court..

    “Once this happens majority of Kenyans, whether they support CORD or
    Jubilee, will accept whatever decision the court comes up with. Then
    Kenya will move forward, together.”

    We will hold CORD up to this. Kenya is for all of us, as a Kenyan i have a right to conduct my affairs in peace.

  26. Anonymous

    March 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

    We as citizens of this republic are not blind. we are the voters, we know what we did and if need be, we shall repeat the same game. Be rest assured that the battle was fairly won, and it shall be won again and again if need be. Repeating the votes will be the best way to stop Power hungry boys from singing rhetoric rhythms.

  27. PatrioticKenyan

    March 19, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Ngunjiri Wambugu you are lucky you are on cords Payroll, Many young and educated Kenyans are still tarmacking. Why not advice your good friend Raila that his rhetoric remarks are hurting the economy. Can he wait for the outcome of the Supreme court before presenting his case to the public opinion.

  28. joseph gathuru

    March 19, 2013 at 11:47 am

    he BBC journalist for the financial times was right, Rao had told her
    that if he looses the election he will not accept defeat.Going back to
    history Rao can not accept defeat.This time he and all other
    presidential candidates including rejected votes were defeated with a
    whooping 1m votes.Which ever way the supreme court rules we are prepared
    to install Uhuru and Ruto IN government.If the court rules otherwise
    we shall vote to a man including all Kenyans of Goodwill.he BBC journalist for the financial times was right, Rao had told her
    that if he looses the election he will not accept defeat.Going back to
    history Rao can not accept defeat.This time he and all other
    presidential candidates including rejected votes were defeated with a
    whooping 1m votes.Which ever way the supreme court rules we are prepared
    to install Uhuru and Ruto IN government.If the court rules otherwise
    we shall vote to a man including all Kenyans of Goodwill.he BBC journalist for the financial times was right, Rao had told her
    that if he looses the election he will not accept defeat.Going back to
    history Rao can not accept defeat.This time he and all other
    presidential candidates including rejected votes were defeated with a
    whooping 1m votes.Which ever way the supreme court rules we are prepared
    to install Uhuru and Ruto IN government.If the court rules otherwise
    we shall vote to a man including all Kenyans of Goodwill.he BBC journalist for the financial times was right, Rao had told her
    that if he looses the election he will not accept defeat.Going back to
    history Rao can not accept defeat.This time he and all other
    presidential candidates including rejected votes were defeated with a
    whooping 1m votes.Which ever way the supreme court rules we are prepared
    to install Uhuru and Ruto IN government.If the court rules otherwise
    we shall vote to a man including all Kenyans of Goodwill.he BBC journalist for the financial times was right, Rao had told her
    that if he looses the election he will not accept defeat.Going back to
    history Rao can not accept defeat.This time he and all other
    presidential candidates including rejected votes were defeated with a
    whooping 1m votes.Which ever way the supreme court rules we are prepared
    to install Uhuru and Ruto IN government.If the court rules otherwise
    we shall vote to a man including all Kenyans of Goodwill.

  29. mkenya

    March 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    i am tempted to answer you but your argument is not coherent nor persuasive. However you and your payers belong to the dust bin of Kenyan political history and we need to move on man. Wananchi spoke loud and clear are you guys deaf? or you are satanists interested only in blood shed? let Kenya be your guy will Never be president 1982 …. 2007 2013 2018 NEVER NEVER through the back door, front door or the window never

  30. Okuta

    March 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Dear mr. Ngunjiri Wambugu, you confidently said that CORD would win in round One with over 50%+1 threshold. It would be nonsense for you to find time to do your cry-baby theatrics here. Ok just incase you want to dispute that you said that I should refer to you to your interview with #TheTrend just before March 4 Elections. You CORD people are know to dispute everything including the the fact that the sun set on the West today. That one clarified, I should tell you its a shame to be one of the PM advisors to deliberately misinform him on the facts about March 4th. The triumph of democracy thereafter came was again disputed to be tarnished as “Democracy on trial”.The point i am trying to make is that the fellaz like you behind the PM are the biggest flops that more often than not put the PM under ridicule. Playing sycophant does not help. I know he is his own man but the biggest mistake the PM ever made was to entrust people like you in the first place with delivering a CORD win. You should be embarrassed big time!

  31. Duncan Muchina

    March 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Two things are happening right now. RAO is re-grouping and UK is entrenching. SC is facilitating both.

  32. beshte

    March 24, 2013 at 12:05 am

    i hope they don’t sell themselves cheap. I hope they understand they
    are also very powerful now in the new constitution. If they handle this
    case right they their value & Power goes really up, so why cheapen
    themselves with a weak ruling?

    The Supreme Court, Executive, Legislature ( Us Kenyans(raia are the 4th but silent power)

    But like US this is the perfect chance for the Supreme Court to flex and earn its powers.

    The inspector of police too is powerful, & the Governor of CBK

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