Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool: Reds made to rue wasted opportunities as Barcelona take one giant leap towards Champions League final.
Well, what can we say about last night’s game? Liverpool should have done better with their chances and Barca were clinical, as simple as that.
As Ray Hudson would say, the magisterial Messi made all the difference last night and put Barcelona on the cusp of the Champions League final by scoring twice in a 3-0 drubbing over Liverpool in the first leg of their last-four battle on Wednesday, making it 600 goals for the Catalans in the process. Ridiculous.
Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez ruffled a few feathers when he opened the scoring in the 26th minute of an evenly balanced first half at the Nou Camp, squeezing himself between two Liverpool defenders to chip over Alisson, like a rat squeezing itself through subway drains.
Messi collected his first of the night to give Barcelona their all-important second late into the second half (75), tapping home from close range on the rebound after Suarez’s knee shot cascaded off the crossbar.
The Argentine wizard then added to Barcelona’s already hefty advantage with what can only be described as a special goal, smashing the top corner with a sweet free kick in the 82nd minute.
Liverpool had the chance to grab a goal late on to make their job at home a little easier, but Mohamed Salah almost impossibly flunked his right-footed shot onto the post with the goal gaping in front of him.
Uphill climb for the Reds who now have it all to do next week.
Considering the whole of the Liverpool squad put in an impressive shift, and we dare say deserved a lot more from the tie, it is difficult to choose who exactly deserves villain status. However, on a day where Klopp needed his star men to perform in front of goal, Mohamed Salah fell desperately short.
The Egyptian seemingly had Clement Lenglet in his back pocket for much of the game and with the Frenchman on a yellow card, should have made so much more of his chances to attack. But he didn’t and ultimately his wastefulness in front of goal left Barcelona undeservedly unpunished.
Salah showed signs of his best when he forced Ter Stegen into an impressive save with a driven shot from the edge of the area, but his worst also came out – and Liverpool fans could be looking back on that awful miss at the end of the game in a week’s time and wondering what could have been.
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