Messi scores twice as Barca hold off Spurs comeback

04 October, 2018, 17:09 | Author: Amy Huff
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Lionel Messi bagged a brace as FC Barcelona defeated Tottenham Hotspur in a six-goal thriller at Wembley Stadium in the UEFA Champions League. "It will be tough because we've got to win the games".

Messi scored Barca's third and fourth goals at Wembley. Yes, Kane is still only 25 years old and has time on his side, but he will have his work cut out to get on Messi's level. I have not seen him in a long time.

Former Barca striker Gary Lineker described Messi as the best player in history on social media and Coutinho was quick to agree with that assessment after scoring his first Champions League goal for the club.

Winks made five Champions League appearances for Spurs last season on their run to the last-16 where they were eliminated by Juventus, and the 22-year-old England worldwide, who broke into the first team at White Hart Lane in 2016, has relished the opportunity to learn from Europe's finest as Tottenham seek to establish themselves as a regular presence on the continent.

At the other end Kane tried his best without his usual support acts of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen (both injured) and he did an admirable job. "In the second half, we were very competitive and did everything we could to try to come back". What Messi had in skill, Kane matched in grit. "You dream of playing in games like this and especially against players like Messi". We are not leaving any of the competitions to focus on this one.

Can Spurs salvage anything from this game, or have Barcelona already picked up all three points? They've taken this game completely somewhere different. At least in terms of their attacking prowess. The pressure was relentless and Barcelona's finishing was ruthless.

Live Stream: You can stream the game on fuboTV.

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic then doubled the lead by firing home an acrobatic half-volley off the inside of the post from 20 yards.

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Messi was also involved in Barca's opener before taking his Champions League tally to 64 goals from 65 appearances in the group stage, while Jordi Alba recorded a trio of assists.

Perhaps he is becoming to Barcelona what Karim Benzema is for Real Madrid - a tireless centre-forward whose worth to the team is far greater than what he delivers in the goals column. Sure, they missed the pace and dominant aerial ability of the suspended Samuel Umtiti as Harry Kane in particular bullied their back line in the second half.

Spurs did manage to carve out a couple chances as the half went on, but the LaLiga outfit did well to preserve their lead as they headed into the break.

Messi did make the promise to his fans this very season that he will be getting the European title home, but he has also hinted that if his team continues to provide the loopholes in the game, the chances of winning the Champions League will be down the drain.

You weren't supposed to be watching him, Kieran, you were supposed to be trying to tackle him.

Spurs twice rallied, making it 2-1 and then 3-2 and almost equalising with a deflected Lucas Moura effort, but Lionel Messi's 90th-minute strike - his second goal of the night - ended Spurs' hopes.

Had Spurs had a fully fit squad to choose from, they could have nicked a point against Barcelona, or maybe even more.

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