How Messi and Barca Bounced Back from Celtic Loss

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How Messi and Barca Bounced Back from Celtic Loss
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Lionel Messi moved closer to equalizing Gerd Muller’s record of 85 goals in one calendar year as King Leo got a brace in FC Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Spartak Moscow in their UEFA Champions League match on Tuesday.

I’m glad my prediction was right in my previous article when I said Cesc Fabregas, Dani Alves, and Sergio Busquets would all start the game in Russia.

Dani Alves got things started in the16th minute as a Messi pass hit off a Spartak defender and Alves stepped up and slammed the ball low into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. Spartak had a few moments of threatening football, but the night belonged to Barça as they took a 2-0 lead  just ten minutes later.

A great Messi thought ball found Andres Iniesta whose shot was blocked by Spartak goalkeeper Andriy Dykan, but Leo slapped in the rebound and bounced in to double the lead.

Lionel Messi got his brace on the night in the 39th minute as a lovely through ball from Pedro found Messi and the Argentine went around a sliding Dykan and made the score line 3-0.

Barcelona dominated possession 67 percent to percent as el blaugrana regained their form in Champions League play after their dreadful performance last CL match day against Celtic FC.

Sergio Busquets was fresh all game after missing Saturday’s Liga game against Mallorca due to accumulation of yellow cards. Cesc Fabregas also played extremely well, making solid passes throughout the game as well as having a chance to extend the lead in the 54th minute.

Spartak was contained and Barça did not need to do much more in the second half. Gerard Deulofeu and Martin Montoya made their UEFA Champions League debuts with Barcelona in the final minutes of the match.

FINAL: Spartak Moscow 0 – 3 FC Barcelona

With the win combined with Celtic’s loss to Benfica, FC Barcelona clinched Group G and moves on to the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Let’s review the three most important things about Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Spartak Moscow.

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