Barcelona vs Liverpool: Lionel Messi nets brace as Barca thrash Reds in UCL semi-final clash
Barcelona beat Liverpool 3-0 on Wednesday night, May 1, at Camp Nou in a tough Champions League semi-final first leg showdown.
In the opening minutes of the game, the both sides eager to dictate the pace with good display of football skills, but as the match progressed Liverpool came more into the contest.
However, in the 20th minute, Liverpool suffered a setback after Naby Keita was forced injured after picking up what looks like a groin injury.
In the 24th minute, the midfielder was replaced by Jordan Henderson, with scores still at 0-0.
Two minute later, Jordi Alba delivered a fabulous low ball into Liverpool box for Luis Suarez to slide in beyond Alisson’ reach.
Despite other scoring chances, none of the teams were able to scores, with scores remaining at Barcelona 1-0 Liverpool at the end of the first half.
However, in the second half, Barca upped their games as Liverpool struggled to get into the game.
With 15 minutes of play left.
Lionel Messi doubled Barcelona’s lead with his second goal of the match.
And with eight minutes left on the clock, Messi completed his brace, to see Barcelona claim a resounding 3-0 win over Liverpool on the night.
The Reds will play host to the Spanish champions in the reverse fixture of the semi-final clash, on Tuesday, May 7 at Anfield.