Lionel Messi scores outrageous free kick against PSV

Annette Crawford
September 19, 2018

"It's a blessing to have Messi in your side and a problem for anyone that doesn't [have him]", Barca coach Valverde said in his postgame news conference. The only blemish on an otherwise routine result was a red card for Samuel Umtiti.

They moved through the gears after the restart but found PSV dogged in defence, with two further excellent goals needed to make the points safe.

The goal saw the Argentine great draw level with Spanish legend Raul as the only players to score in 14 consecutive Champions League campaigns.

This evening, he also mastered the free-kick craft.

Tottenham players were left stunned after they conceded two late goals to lose to Inter Milan. They played well on the counter-attack and we knew it would be hard to get the first goal.

However, the hosts would open the scoring just past the half-hour mark when Messi curled in an unstoppable free kick from just outside the penalty area after Ousmane Dembele was fouled following a hard-charging run from midfield.

Asked about Barca's desire to end the dominance of their arch rivals and win the competition themselves, he said: "Who is not motivated for the Champions League?".

But Barca's second did eventually come in similarly superb style.

He struggled massively during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Lionel Messi could score just one goal for Argentina during the mega-event in Russian Federation.

Alongside Sergio Busquets, Coutinho was thriving in the middle of the park and, despite playing a more advanced role, the pint-sized magician registered more touches (91) and passes (81) than Ivan Rakitic.

Dembele wonderfully turned two PSV players before running into space and unleashing a right-footed effort that beat the outstretched arm of Zoet, who was soon picking the ball out of his net again, as Barca finished with a flourish.

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