Champions League: Barcelona vs Liverpool score, start time, Lionel Messi, team news, video, goals, highlights, Messi, Salah


It is Barcelona advantage after 45 minutes in the first match of the semi-final draw against Liverpool at the Camp Nou.

A sparkling moment of brilliance as Jordi Alba created Luis Suarez with a precise cross behind the defense is the only difference between the two teams. And there was nothing Alisson could do, since the latter offered a clever touch on the net.

The former Red celebrated with all his heart.

It was a breathless first part, played to a mind-boggling intensity when Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah shone with the work of feet on both sides.

The visitors started with force, but Barça entered the game – led by Messi – attacking Joe Gomez on the right side of the defense. Maybe it was the level of the interval, as Sadio Mane wasted a chance strangely similar to what Suarez skillfully dispatched.

A high-quality Jordan Henderson ball – off the bench shortly after a Naby Keita injury – gave Mane a golden chance but the Senegal star could not keep up.

The Reds started without star striker Roberto Firmino, who waits on the bench after entering this game under a cloud of injury. Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold was also surprisingly left out of the initial XI.

Both sides looked good in the first half, with defenses tested by some good attack work. A second massive stanza to come.


Barcelona (4-3-3) Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Piqué, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal; Lionel Messi (captain), Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho Coach: Ernesto Valverde (ESP)

Liverpool(4-3-3) Alisson Becker; Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andy Robertson; James Milner (captain), Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita Coach: Jurgen Klopp (GER)


Liverpool face Barcelona in the semi-final of the Champions League, kicking off at 5 a.m. in the morning.


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