Messi sets up goal, Barca tops APOEL 1-0

(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Lionel Messi set up Barcelona's only goal in a 1-0 win over Cypriot club APOEL on Wednesday for an uninspiring Champions League debut for coach Luis Enrique in Group F.

Messi picked out Gerard Pique with a free kick and the defender headed in the hosts' solitary goal in the 28th minute at Camp Nou.

With nine changes to the starting 11 that beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Saturday, Barcelona otherwise failed to trigger its flowing attack despite having Neymar in the team. The Catalan side had to deal with a series of APOEL counterattacks in the second half but held on for the three points.


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