Messi magic saves Barcelona from an invasion by Spartak Moscow
Barcelona had to sweat hard to win their Champions League opener against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday night. The Catalan giants came from behind to score two goals and beat Spartak Moscow 3-2 at Camp Nou.
Cristian Tello drew first blood in the 13th minute of game, but Spartak Moscow came up with reactive measures soon afterwards. Emmanuel Emenike came up with a well placed cross that Dani Alves accidentally sent into his own net.
Barcelona was left stunned at the hour mark when Spartak Moscow came up with an excellent counter-attack. Romulo blazed pass all defenders to fire one up for Spartak Moscow. The goal put Spartak Moscow in the lead for the first time in the game.
However, defeating Barcelona is easier said than done. In the final 20 minutes of the game Barcelona pushed them attack which resulted in two goals from Lionel Messi. The Argentinean football prodigy tapped in two goals with the help of deadly crosses from Cristian Tello and Alexis Sanchez.
“It's not easy to win a game like that when the other team sits back and defends,” Lionel Messi told Uefa.com in an interview after the game. “They have very fast forwards and played well on the counterattack.”
Alex Song made his debut for Barcelona in Europe. The former Arsenal midfielder filled in for Gerard Pique, who got injured 12 minutes after the game started. Nonetheless, this big change in the lineup did not prevent Barcelona from their usual tiki-taka style of play.
Spartak Moscow’s defense was impressive. The visitors were playing away and under different weather conditions, but that didn’t affect their concentration for most of the match.
Barcelona enjoyed most of the possession against Spartak Moscow. The Spanish football giants possessed the ball for more 70% of the 90 minutes.
Barcelona also came up with the majority of the attacks. They had six shots on target from a total 18 attempts. On the other hand, Spartak Moscow took six shot on goal from which only two were on target.
Barcelona will now fly to Benfica for their next Champions League game. Meanwhile, Spartak Moscow will play hosts to Celtics.