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Barcelona outclass United to ease through

Barcelona outclass United to ease through

16/04/2019 at 22:53Updated 16/04/2019 at 23:12

Champions League quarter-finals, Camp Nou – Barcelona 3 (Messi 16 20, Coutinho 61) Manchester United 0 – Barcelona win 4-0 on aggregate

Barcelona breezed into the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Manchester United at the Camp Nou, completing a 4-0 aggregate victory.

United wasted a brilliant early chance as part of a good start to the game when Marcus Rashford toe-poked over in the first minute, but they quickly rolled over.

Lionel Messi seized on some poor play from Ashley Young to rifle in a low shot to the far post, and four minutes later, it was two. This time Messi simply had to trundle in a shot to the fraying David de Gea, who saw the ball roll underneath him to settle the tie.

On the hour mark, Philippe Coutinho fired in a screamer into the top corner, after weeks of speculation he will make the move to United in the summer, and they would be lucky to have him going by this performance.

Barcelona are likely to face Liverpool, who take a 2-0 lead to Porto on Wednesday night, in the last four. On this evidence, they look ominously dangerous for the rest of the competition.

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TALKING POINT

Is David de Gea losing it? Even in tonight’s game he made a vital goalline intervention, and against West Ham he was both iffy and brilliant. It seems like when he is finally demanding what he is worth from United, he can no longer claim to be unimpeachably good. After years of strain at the hands of the clowns ahead of him, he appears to be losing his way. Few could blame him.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona): People might claim that Lionel Messi was the best player, and his one excellent shot was very impressive. However, Coutinho was a constant threat from the left and he has shown the goalscoring from his Liverpool days which should allow him to kick on at the Nou Camp, if he is supported by fans and players.

PLAYER RATINGS

Barcelona: Ter Stegen 7, Pique 6, Lenglet 6, Alba 7, Roberto 6, Rakitic 7, Sergio 6, Coutinho 8, Arthur 7, Suarez 5, Messi 8. Subs: Semedo 6, Vidal 6, Dembele 6.

Manchester United: De Gea 4, Jones 5, Lindelof 6, Smalling 6, Young 4, Fred 6, McTominay 6, Pogba 6, Lingard 5, Martial 5, Rashford 6. Subs: Dalot 7, Lukaku 6, Alexis 7.

KEY EVENTS

16’ - GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 United. Messi scores - The Argentine picks up a loose ball on the right hand side of the pitch, he cuts inside into space. You know he's going to score. He knows he's going to score. The crowd knows he's going to score. He whips in a low shot to the far post, and there you go.

20 - GOAL! Barcelona 2-0 United. Messi scores - He takes a few strides towards goal and trundles a low shot at goal that David de Gea knows he's going to save. You know he's going to save it. The crowd knows he's going to save it. Oops, he's let it roll under him.

45+1’ - DE GEA SAVE! Sergio Roberto gets on the end of a thrilling counter-attack at the far post, and De Gea somehow repels the shot when he looked set to bounce it into the goal, but it bounces away.

61’ - GOAL! Barcelona 3-0 United. Coutinho scores - Messi lifts the ball forward, it's dinked back to Coutinho, and he scores a Liverpool-era screamer into the top corner.

64’ - MESSI SHOT! Messi tries an overhead kick after Jones' header to cut out a cross simply tees him up by dinking it into the box, send it a couple of yards wide.

79’ - LINGARD CHANCE! Lingard has a rare chance for United, as he runs slightly away from goal before space opens up in front of him, and he pings in a shot just over the bar.

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