Barcelona back to winning ways against Sporting

Barcelona's Paco Alcacer celebrates scoring against Sporting Lisbon

Barcelona finish Group D on 14 points – three more than nearest rivals Juventus

Former Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu scored an own goal against his old club as Sporting Lisbon’s hopes of advancing from Group D ended.

Sporting needed to win and hope Juventus slipped up away at Olympiakos.

However, the Italian champions secured runners-up spot with a 2-0 win in Greece, while Barca won a scrappy game.

Barca had drawn their previous two Champions League games 0-0 but Paco Alcacer’s glancing header and Mathieu’s misdirected clearance secured victory.

Lionel Messi started on the bench for the second successive Champions League for Barca.

Messi came on moments after Alcacer’s 59th-minute goal put the hosts ahead.

Earlier, Luis Suarez was denied by Rui Patricio’s leg after getting the better of former Liverpool team-mate Sebastian Coates.

Sporting’s best chance fell to Dutch striker Bas Dost, whose first-time shot from close range was brilliantly kept out by Jasper Cillessen.

“We try to do things as well as we can,” said Barca boss Ernesto Valverde afterwards. “Sometimes we play wonderfully and sometimes less so.”

Barcelona will be seeded when the draw for the knockout stage takes place next Monday at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

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Match ends, Barcelona 2, Sporting Lisbon 0.

Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Sporting Lisbon 0.

Corner, Sporting Lisbon. Conceded by Sergio Busquets.

Own Goal by Jeremy Mathieu, Sporting Lisbon. Barcelona 2, Sporting Lisbon 0.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sergio Busquets with a headed pass.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Cristiano Piccini.

Attempt blocked. Paco Alcácer (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a through ball.

Foul by André Gomes (Barcelona).

Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Bas Dost (Sporting Lisbon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Fábio Coentrão with a cross.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Rui Patrício.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Denis Suárez.

Substitution, Barcelona. Paulinho replaces Luis Suárez.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by André Gomes.

Foul by Lucas Digne (Barcelona).

Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Sporting Lisbon. Rui Patrício tries a through ball, but Marcos Acuña is caught offside.

Foul by Nélson Semedo (Barcelona).

Marcos Acuña (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Sebastián Coates (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Digne (Barcelona).

Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergio Busquets replaces Gerard Piqué.

Substitution, Sporting Lisbon. Fábio Coentrão replaces Bruno César.

Offside, Barcelona. Luis Suárez tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Bas Dost (Sporting Lisbon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes with a cross.

Substitution, Barcelona. Lionel Messi replaces Aleix Vidal.

Goal! Barcelona 1, Sporting Lisbon 0. Paco Alcácer (Barcelona) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Denis Suárez with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sebastián Coates.

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Nélson Semedo (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bruno César (Sporting Lisbon).

Attempt blocked. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by André Gomes.

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon).

Foul by Denis Suárez (Barcelona).

Bruno César (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.

Denis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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