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Messi scored twice to help Barca eliminate Man Utd

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Messi scored twice to help Barca eliminate Man Utd 0
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Messi’s curling shot opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Photo: AP.

Goals: Messi 16′, 20′, Coutinho 61′.

Lionel Messi is said to be under the curse of the Champions League quarter-finals.

But the Barca captain only needed 16 minutes to solve the curse called `quarterfinals`.

Messi scored twice to help Barca eliminate Man Utd

Messi had a sublime evening.

Messi scored twice to help Barca eliminate Man Utd

And De Gea and Man Utd’s defense played poorly in their first quarter-final appearance in 5 years.

Man Utd did not hide their intention to pre-emptively attack, something they did with great success against PSG in the 1/8 round.

Before the match on the evening of April 16, Marca newspaper advised Man Utd to use speed to defeat Barca.

Man Utd’s playing style at Nou Camp is identical to the 1-0 victory over Tottenham three months ago.

Messi scored twice to help Barca eliminate Man Utd

Rashford’s shot hit the crossbar in the first minute.

After the first few minutes of being `shocked` by the away team’s speed, Barca regained their familiar playing rhythm.

Phil Jones, the leader of the white team, kept shouting to revive his teammates’ morale after the goal, but the English midfielder had to hold his grudge exactly four minutes later from the most trusted position – De Gea.

Messi scored twice to help Barca eliminate Man Utd

Messi (left) comfortably dances in front of Man Utd’s defense.

The remaining 70 minutes are Man Utd’s torture.

Turning the tables against Barca is a difficult problem, even for the most elite teams.

Barca masterfully held the ball as their `prey` let them play as they wanted, then delivered the decisive blow in the 61st minute. Philippe Coutinho’s superb curling goal from 25 meters away helped Barca become the first team after Chelsea, in January.

Messi scored twice to help Barca eliminate Man Utd

Coutinho’s amazing masterpiece.

For Man Utd, the loss to convince Barca helps the club’s leaders know where they really are in Europe, and is also an opportunity for the English team to reassess what they have in hand, especially in their position.

Squad

Barca: Ter Stegen, Pique, Rakitic, Alba, Roberto (Semedo 71′), Busquets, Arthur (Vidal 75′), Coutinho (Dembele 81′), Lenglet, Messi, Suarez.

Subs not used: Cillessen, Malcom, Umtiti, Alena.

Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Fred, McTominay, Pogba, Lingard (Sanchez 80′), Martial (Dalot 65′), Rashford (Lukaku 73′).

Subs not used: Romero, Pereira, Matic, Mata.

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