Futbol Club Barcelona qualified for the next round of 32 of the UEFA Champions League in style after beating German giants, Boussia Dortmund, 3 – 1 at the Camp Nou with goals from Messi, Suarez and Griezzman and Messi making new records in the process.
The match started on a disappointing note for the home team after Frenchman, Ousemane Dembele cried off the pitch with an injury before being replaced with fellow countryman, Antoinne Griezzman.
Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the first half after a delightful assist from Lionel Messi. A goal had already been ruled for an offside before he scored the goal. The second goal came from Messi before the end of the first half with an assist from Suarez and the Argentine easily slotting the goal into the back of the net.
Barcelona started the second half on a promising note which resulted in Griezzman scoring his first Champions League goal for Barcelona with a wonderful assist from Messi.
Dortmund pulled a consolation goal with a classy finish from English man Jordan Sancho to make the score 3 – 1. The match ended with Messi having a hand in all the three goals, scoring one and assisting the other two.
The most memorable part of the night went to Lionel Messi who tonight made his 700th appearance for Barcelona in all competitions, scoring 613 goals in the process. Club legend, Xavi holds the record with the highest appearances for Barcelona with 767 games.
Messi has played 838 games for both club and country, scoring 683 goals and creating 281 assists in the process.
With Messi’s goal tonight against Borussia Dortmund, Messi becomes the first player in the history of the UEFA Champions League to score goal against 34 different teams in the competition. The second is Cristiano Ronaldo who has scored against 33 different teams along with Raul Gonzalez, also on 33 teams.
Before tonight’s match, Messi was tallied with Ronaldo and Raul on 33 different teams, but his goal against Dortmund which was his first against the German side in his career sees him leapfrog the others.
In the other match of the group between Italian giants, Inter Milan and Slavia Prague, Inter got the much needed away win with two beautiful goals from Argentine striker, Latauro martinez and another one from Romelu lukaku with the game ending 3 – 1.
This result means that Barcelona has qualified for the next round of the competition with 11 points and a game in hand, and will play the final match away from home against Inter Milan who has 7 points. Inter Milan will need to beat Barcelona at home to ensure easy qualification, or Dortmund who is also on 7 points lose at home to Slavia Prague in the last game.
If Barcelona should beat Inter Milan at the San Siro and Dortmund beat Slavia, that means both Barcelona and Dortmund will qualify for the next stage, while Inter goes to Europa League.
As Lionel Messi continues to make and breaks records, Barca fans will over the weekend expect the football wizard to be inform to score and assist against Atletico Madrid in the league over the weekend as they are one of the teams he has scored the highest number of goals.