Barcelona hopes to avoid surprises against Spartak


MADRID (AP) -- Barcelona will try to avoid another surprise in the Champions League and seal a place in the knockout stages when it takes on Spartak Moscow on Tuesday.

The Spanish club slipped to a stunning 2-1 loss at Celtic in the last round, but gets another chance to secure advancement with a victory against Spartak. The Russian only has a theoretical chance of advancing from Group G, having earned three points from four games.

But Spartak surprised Barcelona by leading 2-1 at the Camp Nou in September before Lionel Messi scored two late goals for a 3-2 win.

Barcelona sports director Andoni Zubizarreta says "our goal is to qualify for the next round as soon as possible," and that "we must win on Tuesday for that to happen."