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Barcelona 3-0 Man United: Messi double eases Catalans past Red Devils

Barcelona 3-0 Man United: Messi double eases Catalans past Red Devils

Lionel Messi scored a double whilst Philippe Coutinho also scored as Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-0 on Tuesday evening.

After last week’s 1-0 win for Barca at Old Trafford, United knew that they had an uphill battle to move past Ernesto Valverde’s men and reach the Champions League semi-final.

That was almost made harder in the opening exchanges when Ivan Rakitic fell in the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot, however, luckily for United – VAR deemed the decision to be the wrong one and the score remained 0-0 on the night.

Luck was not to be on the English side’s side for long as Messi sprung into life, profitting from an Ashley Young mistake, before finished past David de Gea.

Whilst United’s Spanish number one could do nothing about the opener, he will not want to watch Messi’s second goal back as the Argentine’s weak shot went underneath De Gea and into the net.

2-0 at the break left United with a lot of work and it became impossible when Coutinho was allowed space to hammer home a delightful effort into the top right hand corner.

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Barca then – through to the semi-final and they will now meet Liverpool or FC Porto.