Pedri 7, Coutinho 6, Griezmann 8: Barcelona ratings v Dynamo Kiev as they rest Lionel Messi

Catalans leave La Liga form behind to qualify for knockout stages

An inexperienced Barcelona side missing Lionel Messi cruised to a 4-0 win at Dynamo Kiev to reach the Champions League knockout stages for the 17th consecutive season and continue their 100 per cent start in the competition.

After a sluggish opening, the Catalans took the lead early in the second half as Sergino Dest completed a flowing move to score his first goal for the club since joining from Ajax Amsterdam in the summer.

Danish forward Martin Braithwaite soon doubled their lead with his first goal in Europe's top competition at the age of 29, diving in from close range to turn in a flicked header from debutant defender Oscar Mingueza.

Braithwaite struck again in the 70th minute from the penalty spot while substitute Antoine Griezmann got the fourth goal in added time, rounding off a victory which took Group G leaders Barca on to 12 points from four games and clinched their place in the last 16.

"We've completed our objective, which was to qualify, and we gave a very positive image of ourselves," said Barca coach Ronald Koeman.

"We played with a lot of energy and although we were not very effective in the first half, we dominated the second and had some very nice passages of play. Every player showed hunger and the young players gave good displays too."

With his team on the verge of qualifying from the group and reeling from Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in La Liga, Koeman made eight changes to his side, including keeping captain Messi and Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong at home.

Player ratings from the match can be seen in the gallery above. To view the next image, click on the arrows os simply swipe.

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