Barcelona 3-1 Olympiakos: Messi nets 100th European goalOctober 18, 2017
Lionel Messi scored his 100th European goal to help Barcelona to a 3-1 win over Olympiakos on Wednesday evening at Camp Nou.
Ernesto Valverde’s side have moved closer to qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League after beating their Greek opponents thanks to goals from Gerard Deulofeu, Lionel Messi and Lucas Digne.
The game started with Barca dominating possession and in particular – Deulofeu was enjoying the freedom of the right hand side, creating numerous early chances for both Luis Suarez and Messi.
Andres Iniesta was also in a typically creative mood as he provided crosses for both Messi and Brazilian Paulinho, who hit the crossbar with a good header.
Olympiacos continued to hold back the Catalan’s but they would fall behind when Deulofeu’s cross was deflected into the net by defender Dimitrios Nikolaou.
Gerard Pique would them be sent off for a second bookable offence after handling the ball over the line.
But the one-man advantage did very little to help the visitors back into the game as Messi scored a superb free-kick in the second half to score his side’s second of the night.
The Argentine forward has now reached 100 European goals, helping his side maintain their 100% record in the competition so far this season.
French full-back Digne would then finish off a superb move involving Messi and Suarez, hammering home from the edge of the area.
The result leaves Barca top of the group and Juventus in second after they came from behind to beat Sporting Lisbon in the other Group D fixture on Wednesday evening.