Messi Brace And Rakitic Rocket Lift Barca Over Spurs


They pushed for a late victor but it was Messi that got the sixth goal of the game.

Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic fired Barca into a two-goal lead at the break as the La Liga champions looked to bounce back from a three-game winless run. "It's an honour to play alongside him".

Not one. In the second half, with a lot of space, it is unbelievable how he runs.

"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.

Spurs fell 2-0 behind inside the first half at Wembley before Harry Kane halved the arrears shortly after half time, only for Messi to restore Barca's advantage with a close-range finish.

Ahead of the game Harry Kane was ridiculed for saying he'd like to score more goals than Lionel Messi.

"I think our players were heroes because to chase the game, playing against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and company, and be competitive in the second half". We were handicapped against Barcelona after conceding after one minute. He rushed off his line to pressure Jordi Alba, who cut back for Coutinho.

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Lamela's deflected strike wrongfooted Ter Stegen and ensured a fantastic finale but, with Spurs committing men forward, Alba seized on a loose pass to set up Messi to sweep home his second.

Messi did make the promise to his fans this very season that he will be getting the European title home, but he has also hinted that if his team continues to provide the loopholes in the game, the chances of winning the Champions League will be down the drain.

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With two defeats in two, Spurs will now find it hard to qualify as both Barca and Inter Milan already have six points, although Pochettino was adamant it was not over yet.

Kane did his job, as he usually does, in holding the ball up and trying to bring others into play, but when he dropped deeper to lay balls off, neither Eriksen or Alli were there to link up with him.

The hosts were back in the game in the 65th minute, with Erik Lamela's shot from distance taking a deflection off Gerard Pique and sailing past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. Yet, Spurs had chances and took two of them, and they showed real desire to try and drag themselves back into the game.