Lionel Messi once again stole the show as Barcelona produced a commanding 3-0 win over Manchester United in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final, with the Spanish club winning 4-0 on aggregate over the two legs.
Messi scored two quick-fire goals in the opening 20 minutes to put his side well in front in the tie, leaving Barca to cruise through to the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since they won it all back in 2015.
It was Messi’s first goal in the Champions League quarter-finals since 2013 and the heaviest defeat for Man Utd in a two-legged European tie in the club’s history.
“Taking off the first five minutes, where we were cold and a little nervous, I do not know if the result was weird and that made us come out that way,” he said to Movistar . “But then the goals came and we played spectacular football.”
The quarter-final win is a bit of redemption for Barca, who took a commanding lead in the first leg against Roma at the same stage last season before collapsing to a 3-0 loss to the Italians in the second leg.