Monday, 17 June, 2019

Champions League: Lionel Messi uses lightning dribble to score for Barcelona

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Cary Erickson | 17 April, 2019, 13:59

Manchester United's Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) and Barcelona's Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde gesture during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 16, 2019.

"But we all know that no matter how much you study Leo, or if you have the tools and those are good, talent is always above anything else".

Jesse Lingard's 79th-minute shot from distance was a rare second-half highlight for United, while the introduction of former Barca star Alexis Sanchez for Lingard a minute later brought a round of applause from the home fans as they recognized the arrival of a former player. They're disappointed but there's no point dwelling on what could have been. They have gone out to Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Roma in the last eight over the last three seasons.

Marcus Rashford hit the crossbar after 35 seconds, while Scott McTominay had an opportunity one minutes later, though the Catalans woke up after those scares.

The Manchester derby at Old Trafford is then followed by Chelsea's visit in a run of fixtures that could go a long way towards defining United's campaign. "It is a very small advantage".

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Just like last week in the first leg, the 33-year-old was terrible at left-back and gave the ball away on countless occasions.

22 - Barcelona's Lionel Messi has scored 22 goals in 31 Champions League games against English opponents, more than any other player in the competition.

"[Chris Smalling] ruffled his feathers in the first leg and it was a revenge mission in this second leg here", said Ferdinand of Messi's showing. "He has recovered perfectly from the blow he suffered".

Almost 20 years ago at the Camp Nou, Solskjaer was part of the United team that pulled off one of the most spectacular comebacks in Champions League history. But Teddy Sheringham and Solskjaer each scored in stoppage time to give Alex Ferguson's men the trophy.

Solskjaer said: "That's unfortunate with goalkeepers". "But then there were another 85 minutes where we weren't bad".