(Barcelona – Liverpool 3-0) Liverpool fought heroically in the Champions League semifinals, but Lionel Messi (31) stole the show. The day 14 years after he scored his first, he entered the number 600 magically.
"It could be even better for us, because we burned some gigantic chances in the end. This is not over. Anfield is a fantastic track in which great things happened before, warns Messi in an interview to Viasport after the victory.
But the 31-year-old has assured that Barcelona have a good starting point.
It was simply an insane football match at the Camp Nou, and Liverpool looked to have a good result for the return match at Anfield next Tuesday.
The men of Jürgen Klopp were disrespectful, tying Barcelona from the beginning.
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– There is no difference of three goals between the teams. Liverpool impress more than any team that has been at Camp Nou for the last four to five years. So good was Liverpool, said Viasat specialist Petter Veland.
But it was not the way of the visiting team. The former Liverpool player, Suarez, gave the hosts the lead in the 26th minute. He slipped between the Liverpool corners Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk, and set up Jordi Alba's move past Alisson in the Liverpool goal.
Liverpool also had their first chances, but especially after the break, they dominated much of the game. James Milner abused a gigantic opportunity and Mohamed Salah tested Marc-Andre Stegen with a finish at the entrance of the 16 meters. The German made a very good rescue with the right wing completely far on the post.
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But then it was Messi then. Of course, he had to score with scores. The first came after 76 minutes. The Argentine threw forward to Sergi Roberto, who served Suarez.
The latter finished with the thigh in the dash, while a van Dijk stood and watched Messi put back close.
Seven minutes later, Barcelona received a 25-meter shot. Messi turned the ball at the crossroads to the right of an Alisson chancellery. The 31-year-old has scored 600 in all Barcelona tournaments. The statistics are no less bad considering the little wizard did it in 684 games.
It's been 14 years since Messi scored his first goal for Barcelona when he was 17 years old online against Albacete.
Just a minute later, Liverpool took a very important cut, but Sadio Manes' shot was blocked and the five meter return was struck on the post by Mohamed Salah.
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In overtime, Barcelona replaced Ousmane Dembélé with a tremendous chance to "lie" the ball in Alisson's close range.
Regardless, it will be extremely important that this is exciting in the return battle. So Liverpool must overcome the magic night when they turned around Champions Leaguefinal against Milan in 2005.
"It's very important that we show pride in playing for Liverpool. For those who saw the game they were convinced that this was a wonderful game, where we gave them a good game. Unfortunately, it's not a very good result, but that's definitely not over, said a smiling and slightly quoted clip to Viasat interviewers Jan Åge Fjørtoft after the match.
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