Barcelona vs Liverpool
Liverpool travelled to Barcelona on Tuesday for the first leg of their semi-final clash.
Jurgen Klopp’s side then host Barca in the reverse fixture on May 7th.
With Tottenham already 1-0 down to Ajax in the other UCL semi-final, Liverpool may have been England’s best hope at winning the Champions League this year.
The Reds made it to last years finals but were beaten 3-1 by Barcelona’s rivals, Real Madrid.
Heading into the game Liverpool have been in superb form, winning their last 10 matches across all competitions.
Messi’s ridiculous free kick
The first 45 was actually a pretty open contest between the two sides.
Luis Suarez would give Barcelona the lead in the 26th minute and celebrated against his former club.
It just had to be him!
Luis Suárez scores his first Champions League goal of the season against his former side
A big goal and a big celebration pic.twitter.com/JpkwknxIdr
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2019
However, Liverpool still had their fair share of chances, one of which Sadio Mane should have put away.
The second half would then begin with Suarez flinging himself to the floor after a challenge.
It was this and numerous over incidents including his pestering of the referee after the James Milner on Lionel Messi incident that caused some Liverpool fans to turn on Suarez.
Suarez was, of course, a key figure when Liverpool nearly won the league under Brendan Rodgers but there didn’t seem to be much love lost between either party on Wednesday.
It was also Suarez’s shot that bounced off the bar and back to Messi to make it 2-0.
Lionel Messi then killed the game and perhaps the tie off with a superb free-kick.
Has Messi saved his greatest free kick for his 600th Barcelona goal?
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) May 1, 2019
It was also Messi’s 600th Barca goal.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Messi’s second.
Messi is on a free kick rampage this season
— Momo (@Momo_2x) May 1, 2019
That free kick from Messi was outrageous
— Cameron.. (@cameronbarker1) May 1, 2019
— LEE DALTON (@LDalton10) May 1, 2019
GOAL! WHAT A GOAL BY MESSI!
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 1, 2019
26 – Lionel Messi now has 26 goals in 33 appearances against English clubs in the Champions League; no player has more against teams from a particular country in the competition’s history (level with Cristiano Ronaldo v German clubs). Unstoppable. #FCBLIV pic.twitter.com/FuuNxeCMHq
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 1, 2019
Messi’s just sidefooted a free kick into the top corner from 35 yards out and it probably doesn’t even make the Top 50 Lionel Messi moments
— Chris Dixon (@chrismd10) May 1, 2019