In quarantine and practically without football worldwide due to the coronavirus, Barcelona take advantage of their social networks and of the spectacular plays that his captain carried out throughout his career Lionel Messi.
The club’s official account published on Instagram and Twitter “The best slalom” in Argentina in its history and he recalled that Champions League semi-final in which the Argentine star scored a double to get the phase back on track and reach the final.
The move occurred on April 27, 2011, when the Catalan team traveled to Madrid to face their eternal rival in a decisive round of the most important tournament in Europe. Later, the culé equaled 1-1 in the return and champions of that edition were consecrated when defeating Manchester United.
Lionel Messi was in charge of solving the UEFA Champions League semi-final leg in a match where the entire Santiago Bernabéu went crazy. However, the first goal came in 76 minutes on the right wing.
In that play, the Dutchman Afellay overflowed, passed Marcelo, entered the area and sent a cross that Messi connected inches from Iker Casillas. Sergio Ramos could not stop it and “La Pulga” sent the ball to the bottom of the goal between the feet of the Spanish goalkeeper.
The second goal was even more spectacular. The Argentine played with Sergio Busquets, who all he did was touch the ball to maintain the career his teammate had from behind. They were just over 30 meters the ones he walked with the ball at his feet, passing players like Lass Diarra, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Raul Albiol Y Marcelo. Finally, the player from Rosario defined Casillas’ most distant post from the ground.
That match was very rough and three were expelled (Pinto, Pepe and Mouriho). Real Madrid never wanted the ball. José Mourinho was clear from the start. It was 0-0. Without complex. Barcelona, on the other hand, broke a new record for ball possession. At times, at 82 percent, figure never seen at the Bernabéu.
Even the Barça captain himself recalled that that duel “was unique”. In the return at Camp Nou, the local tied 1-1 and qualified for the final where they were going to face Manchester United.
Finally, on May 28, Pep Guardiola’s team again deployed their football and took the trophy after defeating Sir Alex Ferguson, who had come from beating Schalke 04, 3-1 at Wembley.
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