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quarta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2016
Barcelona 4-0 Manchester City: Lionel Messi steals the show as hosts run riot
The Argentine superstar scored a stunning hat-trick as both sides ended the clash with 10 men after Claudio Bravo and Jeremy Mathieu saw red
A Lionel Messi hat-trick and Neymar's late solo dribble helped Barcelona to a Champions League victory over Manchester City, but they had Claudio Bravo to thank for a ridiculous second half error.
Manchester City started well, dominating the ball and keeping Barcelona at arms length, until an unfortunate Fernandinho slip up allowed Messi in.
The Argentine No 10 skipped around former team-mate Bravo and rolled the ball home to get Barcelona off to what was an undeserved lead.
Barcelona began to grow into the game but were hampered by injuries to Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique, replaced by Lucas Digne and Jeremy Mathieu respectively.
City forced Ter Stegen into action, with the German making saves from first Nolito and then Ilkay Gundogan in quick succession.
Unfortunately for the visitors Bravo’s huge error cost them, when he gave the ball away to Luis Suarez outside his area and then handled the striker’s attempted lob, sent off by referee Milorad Mazic.
Messi soon scored his second of the night with a low scorcher that brought back memories of his first goal against Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the 2015 semi-final to effectively kill the game.
He completed his hat-trick when Gundogan’s slack pass allowed Suarez to roll the ball across to dispatch past Willy Caballero.