10/20/2015 17:52 EDT | Updated 10/20/2016 01:12 EDT

Neymar sets up Rakitic double as Barcelona wins 2-0 at BATE Borisov in Champions League

BORISOV, Belarus — Neymar set up substitute Ivan Rakitic to score two goals as Barcelona won 2-0 at BATE Borisov in the Champions League on Tuesday, strengthening the defending champion's lead in Group E.

Neymar, coming off his four-goal performance over the weekend, again led the team with Lionel Messi unavailable because of injury.

The Brazil striker created several opportunities that his teammates failed to finish off before Rakitic broke through from Neymar's pass with a pinpoint shot from outside the area in the 48th minute.

Neymar again found Rakitic all alone in the 64th to guarantee three points.

In the other group match, Roma drew 4-4 at Bayer Leverkusen.

The victory gave Barcelona seven points. Leverkusen remained second with four, while BATE has three and Roma two.

The Associated Press