Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Champions League: Lionel Messi uses lightning dribble to score for Barcelona

Champions League: Lionel Messi uses lightning dribble to score for Barcelona

Messi made sure there was no memorable Champions League comeback for Manchester United at Camp Nou on Tuesday, scoring two early goals to help Barcelona beat United 3-0 and reach the last-four for the first time in four seasons with a 4-0 aggregate score.

22 - Barcelona's Lionel Messi has scored 22 goals in 31 Champions League games against English opponents, more than any other player in the competition.

Tonight, the Reds are preparing to use last week's 2-0 first leg win at Anfield as a springboard into a semi-final against Barca. Then Messi stepped into the space, beat Young to the lose ball, nutmegged Fred, cut inside and powered home a flawless left-footed shot into the far bottom corner, where De Gea could only collect it from.

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"Messi and Cristiano [Ronaldo] have been the best players in the world for the past decade", said Solskjaer.

Not the greatest Barca team of recent years by any stretch, but Messi is as great as he's ever been, shining on the brightest stage of all once more as he fired Barca belatedly back into the semis.

They made an enterprising start as Marcus Rashford struck the top of the crossbar in the first few seconds but were thoroughly second best after five-time Ballon d'Or victor Messi opened the scoring after 16 minutes. Young had a pass deflected by Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic.

The second was simpler.

Pogba lashed out at the increasingly influential Arthur and Barca could have had a third before half-time, De Gea scrambling across to save on the line when Sergi Roberto should have finished.

Messi even attempted a bicycle kick and there were celebrations from the home fans when news went round that Ajax had taken the lead in Turin.

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