Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Barcelona - Football Match Report

Lionel Messi lit up Wembley Stadium Lionel Messi lit up Wembley Stadium
Sergio Cook | 04 October, 2018, 08:55

Tottenham refused to surrender as Harry Kane pulled a goal back but Messi took centre stage in the second half, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor finding the bottom corner of the net - having hit the post twice - before the superstar swept home a second during the closing stages after Erik Lamela struck for Spurs.

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Barcelona in their Champions League Group B clash on Wednesday.

He also loves to play against Premier League teams, as he's scored more goals and provided more assists versus English teams than against teams from any other nation in European competitions.

Messi was unsurprisingly pleased with the win, particularly after Barcelona's poor recent run.

Barcelona won its first Champions League match, beating PSV Eindhoven 4-0 thanks to a Lionel Messi hat trick; however, Barca's last three league matches have either ended in a loss or a draw.

However, Valverde was quick to praise Arthur after the game with the summer arrival having impressed in the centre of the park.

"The game was very tense". "But we solved them".

"What we had to do was take risks", Pochettino said.

'I'm disappointed with the result but the effort was massive.

With Spurs travelling to Camp Nou for their final group game in December, anything but two victories in those games, and another win at home to Inter Milan, would leave them needing to win in Barcelona to have any hope of making it into the round of 16.

Messi went close again with a deflected shot from inside the D in the 36th minute that Lloris gathered under his crossbar at the second attempt. His floated pass was chested down by Luis Suárez to Coutinho whose volley sliced up in the air before the quick-thinking Brazilian hooked the ball back to Rakitić, who rifled a picture-perfect right-foot volley in off the post from 23 metres.

Kane, who finished as the World Cup's top scorer earlier this year, is back in form, with three goals in his last two games after a lethargic start to the season.

But the problem was that Tottenham's front four - especially the advanced midfield trio of Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min - allowed themselves to be bypassed so easily.

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