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Manchester United started the brighter of the two teams in their Champions League quarterfinal clash with Barcelona but found themselves behind early.
In the 16th minute of the second leg tie Lionel Messi latched onto a loose ball in the final third, and quickly transferred the ball onto his stronger left foot, rifling a low shot beyond the diving David de Gea.
If his first strike was brilliant, Messi’s second goal will go down as one of his more comical efforts. His toe-poked shot had no business getting through one of the world’s best keepers but it did. De Gea just seemed to let the ball slide through his hands and into the corner of the United net.
The second Messi goal left United facing a three-goal deficit on aggregate and needing something of a miracle to get back into the contest. The nature of the second goal appeared to deflate United further and they struggled to get hold of and keep the ball as the half wore on. The visitors were, however, the architects of their own demise, twice presenting Messi with gift-wrapped scoring opportunities.