How Messi tore Manchester United apart

Lionel Messi pound on two Manchester United missteps to score twice and end their expectations of another Camp Nou rebound as Barcelona breezed into the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday.



After a magnificent begin, United was fixed twice in four minutes by Messi, who previously scratched the ball off the imprudent Ashley Young and afterward looked like a frail shot from separation squirmed underneath David de Gea.

Philippe Coutinho, in maybe his best execution of the period, included a third with a twisting exertion into the top corner and by the end, an outflanked United may have been eased the score was not more horrendous than 3-0, 4-0 on aggregate

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A confounding opening spell, in which Marcus Rashford had hit the crossbar, was for some time overlooked, regardless of whether it could offer Barcelona’s next rivals some support.

Liverpool, who take a 2-0 lead to Porto on Wednesday, is the undoubted obstruction among Barca and their first Champions League last since they last won this competition in 2015. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane may feel energized.

Rather, United’s pair of early blunders made this one more night about Messi and guaranteed any black out any expectations of rehashing the rebound against Paris Saint-Germain, or even the acclaimed 1999 salvage act against Bayern Munich, on this equivalent pitch, were dashed.


Messi now has his 109th and 110th Champions League goals and, conceivably, three additional matches to diminish the gap on Cristiano Ronaldo’s 126, after Juventus were dumped out by Ajax. Barcelona’s fans praised that as well.

Joined’s mentor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had asked his strikers to be increasingly deadly here yet it felt unpropitious that even before commencement, Rashford, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez had hit 42 objectives this season, while Messi all alone had 43.

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