A brilliantly-taken double from Ivan Rakitic finally broke down BATE’s resolve in the second half, as Barcelona prevailed 2-0 in Belarus.
The midfielder came off the bench early on for Sergi Roberto and was the key to a solid Champions League win, striking twice after the break.
Barcelona dominated throughout the 90 minutes but lacked the poise in front of goal to break through early, while BATE formed a formidable obstacle with some stout defending before Rakitic found a way through.
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