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It was a special match for Barcelona, as the Spanish and European champions beat BATE Borisov 4-0 on Tuesday night in the Champions League while playing almost their entire youth team.

 

Two months ago, these players participated in the vote for the 2011 FIFA FIFPro World XI.

 

Champions League holders Barcelona had already reached the last 16 as group winners, so coach Pep Guardiola rested his stars such as Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andrés Iniesta. Guardiola fielded only one regular starter, Pedro, and seven players from the second team.

 

Barça still won with ease. Midfielder Sergi Roberto (19) opened the scoring against the Belarusian champions and fullback Martín Montoya (20) powered a shot high into the net for 2-0, before Pedro (24) scored the third and fourth goal.

 

Goal scorers Martin Montoya and Sergi Roberto were also present when FIFPro visited Barcelona earlier this year for the official launch of the vote for the 2011 FIFA FIFPro World XI by Lionel Messi.

 

Four other youngsters who started for Barcelona also filled in a ballot: Jonathan dos Santos, Marc Bartra, Rafinha Alcantara and Isaac Cuenca. Gerard Deulofeu came on as a substitute.

 

 

 

Sergi Roberto, Martín Montoya,

Isaac Cuenca, Pedro Rodriguez,

Marc Bartra, Jonathan dos Santos,

Gerard Deulofeu, Rafinha Alcantara