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Lionel Messi masterful as Barcelona punish short-handed Spurs at ragged Wembley

04 October, 2018, 08:52 | Author: Lora Ball
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The little genius was inches away from putting the game to bed two minutes into the second half as he hit the base of the left post with a guided shot from the edge of the box, and Messi was denied by the woodwork again on 51 minutes with a carbon copy of his previous effort. What Messi had in skill, Kane matched in grit.

For Barcelona's opening goal, MESSI played a ball from deep in midfield which cut through the Tottenham back line to find Jordi ALBA. It was a positive performance from Spurs as the sides played out a goalless second-half.

Alba was set through after a defence-splitting pass from Lionel Messi but Lloris needlessly vacated his goal in a moment of madness to gift Coutinho the chance.

With Spurs travelling to Camp Nou for their final group game in December, anything but two victories in those games, and another win at home to Inter Milan, would leave them needing to win in Barcelona to have any hope of making it into the round of 16.

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Harry Kane and Erik Lamela twice reduced Spurs' deficit, but Messi made the difference by scoring a double as the La Liga champions withstood a rousing finale from the hosts.

"With all respect to other players who have won it [Ballon d'Or], we know there is a player who is different to the others and that is Leo Messi", Rakitic said post-game. As many as five first-team starts have been ruled out of the game and Pochettino will essentially be naming a second-string side to take on Barcelona.

Messi's response according to the report was to attack Barcelona's defense stating that they are conceding too many goals this season.

Perhaps he is becoming to Barcelona what Karim Benzema is for Real Madrid - a tireless centre-forward whose worth to the team is far greater than what he delivers in the goals column.

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Just look at this thunderbolt of a strike from the Croatian midfielder. After two games they are six points back but have two winnable games against PSV coming up.

But the damage was done due to defensive errors from Lloris and Sanchez as they badly missed Vertonghen's calming influence and Dembele's presence in front of the back four.

Barcelona ran out 4-2 winners in the end at Wembley but Spurs almost forced a famous comeback after clawing the game back to 3-2.

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