Lionel Messi went a protracted method to delivering on his pre-season promise to win the Champions League with two targets – one an excellent trademark free-kick – in a 3-Zero first-leg semi-final victory over Liverpool.
His first objective was via a huge stroke of luck as Suarez’s shot rebounded off the crossbar to offer a tap in – however the second was an absolutely sublime 35-yard free-kick.
No marvel 94,000 followers, as they’ve so many instances previously, stood as one to hero-worship their captain with chants of ‘Messi, Messi, Messi’.
The scoreline was harsh on Liverpool, who appeared to have weathered the storm and have been inflicting Barca boss Ernesto Valverde sufficient concern for him to switch one other former Anfield favorite Philippe Coutinho with right-back Nelson Semedo and alter to 4-4-2 formation with the rating at 1-0.
However within the blink of a watch the lead turned three – making a comeback subsequent week not not possible however extremely tough with out an away objective.
And there was one other kick within the enamel for Jurgen Klopp’s facet as Roberto Firmino had a shot cleared off the road and Mohamed Salah hit the submit in the identical assault late on.