May 1, 2019 5:00 p.m.
Updated May 1, 2019 17:30
With a simple, practical and convincing game, Barcelona entrusted their dynamic duo, Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi, to crush (3-0) Liverpool at the Camp Nou and put a foot and a half in the Champions League final. .
Those led by Ernesto Valverde, who came to celebrate the league championship, did not need to make a brilliant match to score three goals for Liverpool, which in several parts of the game was superior but did not have effectiveness to beat Ter Stegen.
The first time was summed up in a carousel of emotions. Both teams set a high pace; especially Liverpool, who chose to bite Barcelona and explore the bands.
The diagonals of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané resuscitated the hangover for the team of Culé, difficult to leave clearly, due to the pressure exerted by those in gray. It was an early end.
Liverpool only missed the final pass to finish the goal and open the can. The Blaugranas claimed a possible hand from Joel Matip, but the referee ignored the allegation. Nabi Keita left because of injury and his place was occupied by Henderson.
At the best moment of English, the inexorable ex law appeared. In a change of the band made by Arturo Vidal, Jordi Alba leaned over Coutinho and helped Luis Suarez, who entered the pair and waved with the nets in the 26 minutes.
The strategy applied by Ernesto Valverde was clear: recovering the ball in the fold, playing from the bottom up and surprising with swings and permutations in rival territory. With the passing of the minutes, the intensity of Liverpool began to diminish, product of the web that the ball woven in the ball. It was a great first half at Camp Nou.
The second half started with everything. Ter Stegen flew like a superhero and repelled a placed shot of James Milner. The German goalkeeper again saved his team by clearing a poisonous left foot from Salah.
The Reds trusted and tried to lock the boat in a cage. Milner threatened again with a shot that Ter Stegen saved. Valverde looked for oxygen with the entrance of Nelson Semedo by Coutinho.
The azulgranas handed the possession of the ball and took refuge with two lines of four, clinging to a rival error to extend the advantage. And so it was. After a defeat of Milner, Suárez hit the ball on the beam and Messi took the robot with the empty goal.
Seven minutes later, the Argentine put the cover at the party with a nice free kick. The ball pierced the right square of the porch defended by Alisson Becker. Before the final whistle, Salah had the opportunity to cut away, but the ball hit the post.
With this result, the Blaugrana team will play the return at Anfield with the tie practically sentenced. In addition, Messi has reached 600 goals with Barcelona's rubber and is 43 points behind Pele's record, which scored 643 with Santos do Brasil.