Barca set up tie with Madrid

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BARCELONA all but secured their spot in the Champions League semi-finals and a probable showdown with arch rivals Real Madrid after building a huge first-leg lead over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Following on from Madrid’s 4-0 thumping of Tottenham last night, Barca appear to have done all the hard work in their home quarter-final tie after another memorable European night at the Nou Camp.

Andres Iniesta, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Seydou Keita and Xavi were on the mark for the Catalan giants, while Shakhtar’s sole reply came from Yaroslav Rakitskiy when they were already 3-0 down.

Barca coach Pep Guardiola admitted yesterday he had a bad feeling about this match, but his fears will have been eased after seeing his take the lead after just 99 seconds through new father Iniesta.

The Spanish World Cup winner, whose wife gave birth on Sunday, slotted a low shot past visiting goalkeeper Andrei Pyatov at his near post after picking up a loose ball in the area.

However, 10 minutes after that goal, Barca survived two huge scares in quick succession as they rode their luck at the back.

Shakhtar gave themselves a glimmer of hope after netting an away goal in the 58th minute, with Rakitskiy making the decisive touch at the right end this time.