Lionel Messi 8, Marc-Andre ter Stegen 9, Sergio Busquets 5; Barcelona ratings v Dynamo Kyiv

A nervy win for Spanish giants will keep the pressure on coach Ronald Koeman

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Lionel Messi scored another penalty but Barcelona had Marc-Andre ter Stegen to thank for a nervy Champions League 2-1 win over Dynamo Kyiv which will do little to ease the pressure on coach Ronald Koeman.

Goalkeeper ter Stegen had to make a string of excellent stops at Camp Nou to save Barca from slipping up against a depleted Dynamo side, who were without nine first-team players after they tested positive for coronavirus.

Viktor Tsygankov gave Dynamo hope with 15 minutes left after Messi scored a penalty and Gerard Pique headed in but ter Stegen's heroics ensured Barcelona held on for their third victory out of three in Group G.

Their 100 per cent record so far in the Champions League, which included an impressive performance at Juventus last week, has come in stark contrast to a stumbling start to the season in La Liga.

A 1-1 draw away at Alaves on Saturday made it four league games without a win and leaves Barcelona sitting 12th in the table, eight points behind Real Madrid.

"In the Champions League we're fine, in the league we have to change but I'm convinced we will," said Pique. "The mood is better, there are new players, young players who are bringing dynamism to the group and the way we play."

Victory against Dynamo was all-important for morale and for Koeman, whose future is uncertain given a new president will take over in the next three months after the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Yet there were no celebrations from the players at full-time and Koeman's face throughout was one of angst and frustration as ter Stegen was repeatedly called upon.

"We are happy because we won," said Koeman. "But we have to play better than we did today. We have to improve, above all without the ball, where we haven't played well."

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