Barcelona vs Liverpool – Football Matches Report – May 2, 2019


Lionel Messi put Barcelona on the verge of the Champions League final, scoring twice in a 3-0 home win over Liverpool in Wednesday's game, scoring their goal for the Catalans for a remarkable number of 600 in the competition . process.

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez reminded visitors of his clinical conclusion by opening the scoring in the 26th minute of a tense and well-balanced first half at Camp Nou, firing between two Liverpool supporters to divert the cross from Jordi Alba to the net.

Barça captain Messi made the second goal of the night in the 75th minute of the first half, kicking the ball into the rebound and dribbling the ball after Suarez hit the crossbar with a knee injury.

The Argentine increased Barca's lead to their next game against Anfield on Tuesday, scoring their goal in style, kicking into the top corner with a free kick 82 minutes into the game.

"Four goals would have been better than three, but that's a very good result," Messi told reporters.

"We know that the tie is not over, Anfield is a very difficult place to go, but we are happy with the super game we played tonight, they clearly wanted to score, because an away goal means a lot, but they did not." we have a great advantage. "

Liverpool, who were beaten 3-1 at the end of last year by Real Madrid, played much better than the heavy score suggests, achieving a series of clear chances but despising them all.

Lionel Messi scored twice and took his club's mark to 600. Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

Barça's South American duo Suarez and Messi showed little pity whenever they sniffed a chance and sentenced Jurgen Klopp's team to their first defeat in any competition since January with some relentless finals.

Suarez did not give much thought to his memorable three-and-a-half-year stay in Merseyside as he celebrated his opening bout with satisfaction, running behind the goal and waving his finger at Barca's delighted fans.

Sadio Mane squandered a glorious opportunity to draw for the Premier League side at the end of the first half but went over the bar while James Milner and Mohamed Salah were denied by Barça's excellent Marc-Andre Stegen later.

Klopp's team had done an impressive job of handcuffing Messi's all-time best scorer, but there was little they could do when the Argentine took advantage of the lost ball after Suarez hit the crossbar, doubling the team's lead.

Messi sparked new celebrations in a Camp Nou packed with another excellent free kick, but the drama in this European blockbuster encounter was far from over.

Liverpool came back agonizingly close to scoring a goal away as Barca Ivan Rakitic turned the ball towards the goal and found the feet of Salah, who somehow hit the rebound against the nearest post.

Barça could have seized an even greater advantage in the draw with two golden chances as Liverpool tired that fell to replace Ousmane Dembele but the Frenchman missed the target the first time then shot straight into the hands of goalkeeper Alisson Becker.


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