Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Baffling Hugo Lloris Mistake Gifts Barcelona The Perfect Start

Baffling Hugo Lloris Mistake Gifts Barcelona The Perfect Start

Wembley is a happy hunting ground for Barcelona, who won their first European Cup there in 1992.

Tottenham and Barcelona square off in a marquee Champions League matchup Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.

Messi would not miss again, though, sending Alba clear down the left with a trademark curling pass and timing his run into the box perfectly to slot a first-time finish past Lloris to restore Barca's two-goal lead four minutes later.

In a dramatic second half, Tottenham's Harry Kane reduced the deficit before the majestic Messi added Barcelona's third.

Barcelona have six points to top the group as they lead Inter Milan on goal differential, while Tottenham have it all to do if they are to reach the last 16 having lost their opening two matches.

'Messi always shows up.

Taking possession on the halfway line, Messi was pressured by Son Heung-Min, but his devastating response was simply sublime. If I'm picked, perfect.

The Catalan giants got off to a ideal start as an error in judgment from Hugo Lloris allowed Jordi Alba to pick out Philippe Coutinho for the simple tap-in.

Tottenham were decimated by injuries to Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele and it took 25 minutes before they finally had a shot when Kane brought a routine save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

"I think our players were heroes because to chase the game, playing against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and company, and be competitive in the second half".

"Messi had more space in the second half and that is hard to stop", Pochettino said. Suarez looked set to hit it at the near post, but instead produced a flawless dummy that left Messi to guide the ball into the corner of the net from six yards.

The move began when Coutinho burst down the left before the former Liverpool man pulled the ball back across goal.

Messi and Co. have been written off by many already, and after going three years without winning the Champions League, they will have to clean up their defensive deficiencies to have a real chance of winning it all in Madrid in May. Messi had the ideal response in the 56th minute when he cantered onto Alba's pass and side-footed past Lloris.

The goal seemed like it would put the game to bed, but Lamela pulled Tottenham within a goal once more thanks to a deflected strike in the 66th minute.

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