Thursday, April 8, 2010

Messi scored four fantastic goals and is a phenomenal player in a great Champion League.

- Messi 21,
- Messi 37,
- Messi 42,
- Messi 88


- Bendtner 18

**Lionel Messi lit up the Nou Camp with a stunning four-goal haul to beat Arsenal 4-1 Agg. 6-3) and maintain Barcelona's bid for back-to-back Champions League titles

Nicklas Bendtner had fired the Gunners into a shock lead on 18 minutes. But Messi soon drew Barcelona level after capitalising on a mistake by Mikael Silvestre.

Predictably it was Barca who carried the early threat as Messi, playing a more central role than in the first leg, hit a low sighter that Manuel Almunia did well to push round the post at full stretch.

The Argentina forward then added a second from close range before dashing clear to make it 3-1 on the night just before the break, and grabbed a fourth with three minutes left to complete a comfortable 6-3 aggregate victory for the tournament holders.

For the remainder the holders threw on Andres Iniesta as a warm up for the weekend trip to Real Madrid and kept the ball with ease until that man Messi, grabbed his fourth after his way from three white shirts to force Almunia into a stop only for Barca's magician to embrace the rebound with trademark class to fire under the shot-stopper's legs from a tight angle to make it 4-1 and complete his first ever four goal haul in the Barcelona shirt.

Team Line-Ups :

Barcelona: Victor Valdes; Daniel Alves, Raphael Marquez, Gabriel Milito, Eric Abidal (Maxwell, 52), Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Seydou Keita, Pedro (Andres Iniesta 85), Lionel Messi, Bojan Krkic (Yaya Toure 55)

Arsenal: Manuel Almunia; Bacary Sagna, Mikael Silvestre (Emmanuel Eboue 63), Thomas Vermaelen, Gael Clichy; Theo Walcott, Denilson, Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosicky (Eduardo 73), Samir Nasri, Nicklas Bendtner.


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