FC Barcelona's Under-19 team guaranteed itself a top-two finish in Group D of the UEFA Youth League after beating hosts Olympiacos, 3–0, on Tuesday afternoon in Piraeus, Greece.

The matchday four victory came thanks to a brace from Alex Collado and late goal from Carles Pérez in second half injury time to seal the victory.

While Barça sits atop the group still with two games to play, their place in the round of 16 is not quite written in stone. The winner of each group gets a direct bye into the last 16, while each group's second place finisher must face a playoff before securing a spot in the round of 16. With six points still in play, Barça can do no worse than the playoff round.

With Barça and Olympiacos still mired in a scoreless deadlock with less than a minute to go before halftime, Collado gave Barça a lead they would not relinquish.

After the break, Collado needed only 11 minutes to double Barça's lead, curling in a shot from beyond the Olympiacos penalty area to make it 2-0 in the 56th.

Carles Pérez added his goal in the 92nd, finding an open space to give Barça their third and final goal of the afternoon, thus ensuring at least one match beyond the group stage in this year's tournament.

Barça have won all four of their UEFA Youth League matches this season and have yet to surrender a goal.


Olympiacos, 0
Barça, 3

Olympiacos: Karadais, Chatziioannidis, Rama, Agiotis, Tserkonis, Fytopoulos (Kyriakopoulos, min 72), Chondroudakis (Neofytidis, min 54), Xenitidis, Kostanasios, Tsirigotis (Voilis, min 65) & Vrousai.

Barça: Peña, Comas, Chumi, Mingueza, Martí, Riqui Puig, Monchu (Calavera, min 77), Collado, Juan Fernandez (David Alfonso, min 85), Kike (Edgar, min 90) & Carles Pérez.

Goals: 0-1, Collado (min 44); 0-2, Collado (min 56); 0-3, Carles Pérez (min 90).

Yellow cards: Olympiacos—Karadais and Agiotis; Barça—Monchu.  

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