Barcelona, ES (Thursday 2 May, 2019) -by Kenneth Russo
Fútbol Club Barcelona continued on its mission of capturing Europe’s biggest prize, beating a strong and well-managed Liverpool side 3-0 in front of 98,299 spectators at the venerable Estadio Camp Nou last night in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
Luis Suarez scored the opening goal (26′) while Leo Messi added his 599th (75′) and 600th (82′) career goals for Barcelona.
At the beginning of this season, Lionel Messi made a promise to the Blaugrana faithful: “We promise we’ll do everything possible to bring that beautiful and desired cup back home.”
With the group stage first-place finish and after eliminating Olympique Lyon and Manchester United, Liverpool was up next.
The Reds are a very strong side and are battling for the Premier League title, currently sitting on 91 points, one point off the top of the table to leaders Manchester City, with two games left in the season to play. Liverpool actually had more completed passes and more possession than Barcelona in last night’s match, a remarkable feat in itself which rarely occurs in a game versus the Blaugrana.
But Barça have Messi.
Messi is from a galaxy far, far, away.
This video tells the story better than any words; it would be impossible to make this up:
The 600th Goal for Leo Messi
By now anything complementary that could be said about Leo Messi has been said. We’ve run out of superlatives to describe his presence, which is a problem considering Messi has not run out of new ways to leave us mesmerised. Here is a quote from today’s FC Barcelona website:
“The 31-year-old virtuoso continues to marvel as an undisputed leader who scores goals not of this world, who cuts through opponents like a hot knife through butter, who passes the ball with uncanny precision, and who, when required, even becomes a feared defender. Messi is the total footballer. He is unstoppable. That’s why he wears the captain’s armband and why the team follows his lead.”
ter Stegen as Überman in Goal
Meanwhile, Goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen had rendered a stellar performance, making at least four critical saves to preserve the game for the home side.
Highlights – Momentos Destacados
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