Magic Messi strikes again!
Every football fan knows and loves Barcelona striker Lionel Messi. Earlier this week, the little magician wowed the world once again with his amazing ability to dribble past defenders and in seconds turn a game on its head.
Messi has won the Ballon D’or four times and is looking to make it 5 in December. Recently, he has played amazingly, scoring almost impossible goals including two against Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League Semi-final first leg match.
The evening before, Juventus beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the other semi-final at the Juventus Stadium. Barcelona were looking to continue that trend by beating Bayern Munich at Camp Nou. Barca had planned a mosaic for the occasion saying ‘We are Ready’ and highlighting the four years that they have won the Champions League. (Everyone in the stadium held up sheets of paper and when everyone did so, it created a large picture.)
Once the game got underway, there was a flurry of attacks from Barcelona before Robert Lewandowski missed a sitter. The first half remained scoreless.
Bayern came out with a high line, pressing the ball well. They were dominating the game until the 77th minute when Neymar burst into the box appealing for a penalty but his appeal was declined.
The ball was cleared, to be intercepted by Dani Alves, who then passed to Messi who powered it home, beating Manuel Neuer at his near post.
Three minutes later the ball came to Messi, this time inside the box. Jerome Boetang tried to block the option of Messi to go on his stronger left foot. The Argentinean dummied to go on to his left, immediately went back on to his right foot, causing one of the best defenders in the world, Boetang, to hopelessly fall over. Messi carried on before chipping keeper Manuel Neuer with his weaker foot.
Barca then had to show their defensive strengths as Bayern fought back but the Spanish team scored again. Luis Suarez started a counter attack only to get fouled by Schweinsteiger. Messi took the ball and found Neymar Jr, who coolly finished. The game ended 3-0 to Barcelona.
Now Bayern Munich need to win the second leg 4-0 to get through in normal time. A very tough task- especially with Messi in this form. If he continues in this vein, he surely has to win yet another Ballon d’Or.
Dylan, YJA Football Correspondent (Primary)
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