Magical Messi & Suarez Edge Barca Closer To UCL Final

Result: FC Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool

Date: 01 May 2019

Venue: Camp Nou

 

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez grabbed all the

headlines as FC Barcelona romped to a 3-0

victory over Liverpool in the first leg of their

UEFA Champions League semi-final.

 

Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez lined up

against their former side, while Naby Keita

was drafted in to the side as Roberto Firmino

was only fit enough to make the bench.

 

The Catalan giants looked threatening going

forward at every attempt, although they

were thwarted by some stern defending by

the Reds led by Virgil van Dijk.

 

Twenty four minutes into the half, Jurgen

Klopp was forced to re-shuffle his pack as

Keita picked up a groin injury and was

replaced by Jordan Henderson.

 

Barca were ahead two minutes later as Jordi

Alba’s superb cross from the left found

Suarez for the close-range finish and the

Uruguayan did not hold back with the

celebration.

 

With the hosts dominating, Liverpool carved

out an opening out of nothing as Henderson’s

superb pass sent Mane through on goal, but

the Senegalese forward fired over the

crossbar with only Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

 

The Reds came out firing in the second half,

but they were met by an alert Ter Stegen who

pulled off a few fine saves to deny Milner and

Salah in the opening 15 minutes.

 

However, it was the home side who got the

got the next goal on the counter that ended

with Messi tapping into an empty net after

Suarez’s effort crashed against the upright.

 

Messi was not done there as the Argentine

completed his brace in the 82nd minute with

a stunning free-kick from 30-yards out that

left Alisson Becker with no chance.

 

The Reds pushed for a late goal to restore

some hope for the second leg, but the

defence held out until the final whistle as the

Catalan giants take a 3-0 lead to Anfield next week.

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