UEFA Champions League: Lionel Messi Gives Barcelona 1-0 Lead over Real Madrid
Shortly after Real Madrid were reduced to 10 men, Lionel Messi deservedly gave Barcelona a crucial away goal and a 1-0 advantage in the 74th minute of their UEFA Champions League semifinal tilt at the Bernabéu.
Ibrahim Affellay danced through the Madrid defense and placed a perfect low cross for the diminutive Argentine. Messi perfectly megged Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas to set off a massive celebration for the Catalans in front of the Madrid fans.
It was the first time Messi has scored against a Jose Mourinho-coached team. Messi had previously faced Mourinho 10 times and hadn't scored against the self-proclaimed "special one."
Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola was shown on the sideline pumping his fists as soon as Messi found the back of the net.
It's worth noting, however, that Madrid scored an equalizer (also at the Bernabéu) 12 days ago when Ronaldo scored a penalty in the final minutes of the first of four El Clasico clashes.
Ten minutes to go, stay tuned.
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