Messi puts on a show to sink Spurs at Wembley

Lionel Messi lit up Wembley Stadium

Lionel Messi lit up Wembley Stadium

The first half however ended with the visitors leading at the Wembley stadium.

Messi almost put the game away twice at the start of the second half, but both times his low curling shots clattered off the left post to keep Spurs trailing by just two goals.

Messi has now hit the woodwork nine times this season, and although that appears to be unlucky there is also an explanation: he is so precise with his shooting, aiming unerringly for the very corner of the goal, that he only needs to be out by a fraction and the post will get in the way.

The home team were somehow still alive until stoppage time when Messi completed the scoring.

"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". In the second half.

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I like that perspective but I don't agree totally: (it) is all of us, everybody in the club has a role to play. The performance on the pitch is down to many factors.

The brace makes Messi only the second player to have 30 career multi-goal games in the Champions League.

And, in case you are wondering, Messi has scored 562 goals in 647 games for Barcelona, with 105 in the Champions League. The Catalan side doubled their lead in the 28th minute, Rakitic firing a superb volley in off the post after good work from Messi and Coutinho down Spurs' right.

"We played a great match and in the first half we were extraordinary so we are happy because everything went as we wanted it to". We played with the handicap of conceding after one minute.

"For me, it motivates me to get even better and improve and one day score as many, if not more than he has", said the England captain.

Working the ball from just outside their own box up the pitch, a wonderful pass from Lionel Messi fed in Jordi Alba down the left-hand side.

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"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.

Tottenham lost their opening European game at Inter Milan, leaving the Premier League side with no margin for error as they try to qualify for the knockout stages.

Pochettino has a host of injury problems to cope with, as Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Serge Aurier and Mousa Dembele are all out.

If you didn't catch Barcelona's opener against Spurs tonight, check it out below.

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But Liverpool arrive at Stamford Bridge with their 100% record still intact. "I think Willian is not too far away from Hazard ", Lawrenson said on LFC TV.

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