In what was yet another highlight of his sheer brilliance and class on display, Lionel Messi aided his Barcelona side to the last four of the UEFA Champions League after running a riot against Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the competition at the Camp Nou stadium on Tuesday. Despite having taken a one-goal advantage in the reverse fixture at Man United’s Old Trafford Stadium, Barcelona still had work to do in the second leg as their opponents were still beaming with confidence from their comeback against PSG in the previous stage of the tournament.
The visitors registered a bright start and an early scare by Marcus Rashford’s effort struck the crossbar but that was soon neutralised by an absolute gem of a goal by Messi.
The Argentine put the hosts ahead at the 16th-minute mark after a solo goal as he dribbled past defenders from the right flank and cut it inside with a beautiful curling effort leaving United keeper David de Gea all but helpless in the situation. The second goal, however, was a combination of Messi’s effort and a rare howler committed by the Man United keeper as he let past a very saveable and weak strike coming right at him.
Following their 2-0 advantage at home, it was all Barcelona with the possession, leaving the Red Devils side all the more frustrated as their confidence crumbled with every passing minute.
In the second half, Philippe Coutinho revived his Liverpool days as he struck an absolute stunner against the old rivals from distance which fell right at the top corner for the third goal, taking the aggregate scoreline to four-nil.
Watch the goals here: