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Vintage Lionel Messi provides yet another reminder of his greatness

04 October, 2018, 07:27 | Author: Hannah Francis
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After suffering a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Inter Milan in their opening game of the Champions League, Tottenham Hotspur got off to the worst possible start at home to Barcelona this evening. Not one. In the second half, with a lot of space, it is unbelievable how he runs.

Messi capped off a fine night with his second goal at the death to bring an end to a thrilling contest in the English capital.

Ernesto Valverde's men had failed to win their last three games and looked nervy in the closing stages, but Messi capitalised on poor defending in the last minute to ensure his team join Inter on maximum points after two games in Group B. France's World Cup captain Hugo LLORIS came out but ALBA passed the ball to COUTINHO who scored. When you're scoring as many goals as he is - 40, 50 or 60 goals a season - as a striker, I want to try and match that.

Barca doubled their lead in the 27th minute as Coutinho turned provider to pick out Ivan Rakitic, who rifled a superb volley past Lloris from the edge of the box.

The emotion becomes tough when you are playing against Barcelona and players like Messi and Suarez.




"Then we are capable every season, Tottenham, of being in the Champions League and matching teams like Madrid or Barcelona".

Messi opened up Tottenham again in the 28th minute.

There was no let-up and after Kane worked hard to win the ball, Lamela gave Spurs another lifeline when his 66th-minute shot flicked off Clement Lenglet and past ter Stegen.

Moussa Sissoko displayed a lack of composure as he blazed a first-time shot high into the stand behind the goal from 16 yards out on the right in the 68th minute, after Kieran Trippier did well to keep the ball in play.

A gallant Tottenham side, missing the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, and Jan Vertonghen, nearly levelled when Lucas Moura's shot deflected wide, but Messi ended their resistance after again being picked out by Alba. Suarez looked set to hit it at the near post, but instead produced a flawless dummy that left Messi to guide the ball into the corner of the net from six yards.

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