The first day of may on the field, the camp Nou hosted the first meeting of Barcelona and Liverpool at the semifinal stage of the Champions League. The owners have achieved a convincing victory, again this is another football masterpiece created Lionel Messi.
Barcelona put in the start of their best players, playing in 4-3-3 formation. Ter Stegen took his place in goal, two Central defenders were the Peak and Langlais, Sergio Roberto and Alba operated on the flanks. The midfield trio formed Busquets, Vidal and Rakitic, to the right in the attack worked for captain Leo Messi alongside him in attack was made by two former players of Liverpool — Coutinho and Suarez.
Guests were missing important options in the attack — shortly before the start of the game, the medical staff of the British has revealed problems for Roberto Firmino. So Liverpool have submitted a 4-4-2 with diamond in midfield. Becker in goal, Matip and van Dijk in the centre of defence, Robertson traditionally took the left flank, but the right of protection made after six months Joe Gomez is a player more defensive in comparison with Alexander Arnold, who remained on the bench. Keith, Milner, Fabinho and Wijnaldum made the same rhombus in the attacking third answered in the first place man and fats.
Barcelona — Liverpool 3:0
Possession: 43% — 57%
Shots on target: 6-5
Yellow cards: 3-1
The first half
The opening minutes showed that this evening will be the expected outstanding football. The first ten minutes have passed in one breath, “Liverpool” began boldly, not expecting to sit in the defense. The rivals exchanged a number of promising attacks, but in the 24th minute, followed by the first forced substitution — the game could not continue lame Keita, appeared on the field captain Jordan Henderson.
Then had a goal. Scored a home — Coutinho made a low pass on the left flank of the attack on Alba, and he accurately shot into the center on the line goalie, where to break away from defenders Suarez kick sent the ball past the Alisson in the net. This is the first goal, the Uruguayan striker in the Champions League this season. In addition, this goal was for Barcelona commemorative 500-m account in the tournament.
The second half
In the first minutes of the second half Liverpool could have equalised. First Milner well, hit the ball hard Ter Stegen in a jump sent the ball into the corner. Followed by a dangerous shot of Salah, and here the German goalkeeper was again on top. Overall, the first half of the second half was dictated by the guests, “Barcelona” is deeply embedded in the defense.
60 minutes Ernesto Valverde held key replacement, removing spent an extremely dull play Coutinho and strengthening the protection of the Semed. This allowed Barca to establish a pattern of play and finally to seize the initiative.
A quarter of an hour before the end of normal time, Barcelona scored the second goal. First after a pass from Sergi Roberto Suarez first touch was a shot from outside the penalty area with his knee the crossbar Alisson, and then first to the rebound and had Messi put the ball into an empty net. Seven minutes later the Argentinian scored a brace. Fabinho broke the rules in front of the box and received a yellow card. Free-kick punched Messi in his style gracefully sent a ball into the left corner. This goal was Messi 600-m t-shirt “Barcelona”.
The Catalan club made a serious bid for the finals. As for Liverpool, the British hardly deserve this crushing defeat and now they will have to create a local football miracle at Anfield to turn the tide of the confrontation.