Lionel Messi showed once again why he is the best player on the planet by displaying his killer instincts in front of goal once again. The Argentine scored twice to put Barcelona in a comfortable position in their Champions league last 16 tie with Arsenal.
Messi effectively condemned Arsenal to a sixth successive exit at the last-16 stage of the Champions League with two decisive goals at Emirates Stadium. He also ended a run of 10 hours and 11 minutes without a goal against Petr Cech (seventh game against him).
Arsenal battled gallantly to give themselves a chance going into the second leg at the Nou Camp in three weeks’ time – but suffered at the hands of Barcelona’s superstar trio Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:
Barcelona are a great team. We put a lot of energy in the game and technically we were very average. The regret I had was once we looked like we dominated the game, we give the goal away. Similar to Monaco last season, naive, and that is frustrating. When we looked like we could win the game, we just gave it away.
Realistically it is very, very difficult, if not impossible. We have to go there and fight. We had the chances, we didn’t score.”
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique:
I am happy with everything. There was nothing that I didn’t like. Nothing. The result is really good, but the tie is not over. We will have to go out to win.”
Watch highlights and goals from the Arsenal VS Barcelona 0-2 Champions League match below