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Barcelona   4 - 1   Arsenal (agg 6 - 3)

Lionel Messi
Messi is the sixth player to score four goals in a Champions League match

By Stuart Roach

Lionel Messi lit up the Nou Camp with a stunning four-goal haul to beat Arsenal and maintain Barcelona's bid for back-to-back Champions League titles.

Nicklas Bendtner stunned the Spaniards with an 18th-minute opener to put Arsenal ahead in the tie but Messi quickly replied with a superb drive.

Pedro teed the Argentine up for his second and a cool lob completed his first-half hat-trick in some style.

Messi put the seal on victory with a late solo strike for his fourth.

The 6-3 aggregate win sets up an intriguing semi-final meeting with Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan, although in this kind of form few teams will be capable of preventing Messi and Barcelona from retaining the trophy.

Arsenal, though, more than played their part in a superb quarter-final tie, having come from 2-0 down in the first leg to lead 3-2 on aggregate in the Nou Camp.

Theo Walcott's introduction at the Emirates had rescued the Gunners and his reward for that blistering late cameo was a starting place in the return.

However, Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola anticipated his inclusion by bringing in the pacy Eric Abidal for Maxwell after the full-back was given a torrid time in the first leg.

Predictably it was Barca who carried the early threat as Messi, playing a more central role than in the first leg, hit a low sighter that Manuel Almunia did well to push round the post at full stretch.

The Argentine then served further notice of his ominous threat with a delightful curling shot that dropped on to the roof of Almunia's net.

Just as Barcelona appeared to be gaining a stranglehold though, Arsenal stunned the hosts with a breakaway opener.

Abou Diaby, lucky to escape an early booking for a chop on Xavi, looked to have fouled Marquez on the halfway line but was allowed to play a delightful pass in behind Abidal and send Walcott scampering clear.

Walcott resisted the temptation to shoot, instead teeing up Bendtner for a bundled effort that was blocked by Victor Valdez, only for Bendtner to quickly scramble back to his feet and steer home the opener.

Moments later, Diaby had another chance to play in Walcott as Arsenal broke again, but chose the wrong option as he made a mess of his attempted pass to Bendtner.

It was a costly error, as Barca were back on level terms within three minutes.

When Messi looked to play in Xavi he found Mikael Silvestre in the way, but the Frenchman's touch was poor and he could only steer the ball back into the path of Messi, who brutally lashed home the leveller.

It was the start of a devastating 20-minute spell from the magical Messi as Arsenal found him impossible to contain.

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Messi threatened again when he shot into the side-netting after Rosicky had lost possession in midfield, but Barcelona were back in front on 32 minutes after Messi opened up Arsenal with a perfectly weighted pass to send Abidal clear down the left.

His low cross was cut out by the sliding Thomas Vermaelen but fell kindly for Pedro to tee-up Messi, who finished the move he had started with two touches to steer the ball beyond a sprawling Almunia.

Messi's fourth hat-trick of 2010 was completed five minutes later, when Seydou Keita's header from the halfway line sent the Argentine clear again for the best finish of the night, a delicate left-foot lob over the stranded Almunia that left Barca in total control - and Arsenal seeing stars at half-time.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was presented with a tantalising dilemma over whether to twist or stick - he knew that pushing too hard for the goal that could rescue the tie could leave his side vulnerable to a real hammering at the hands of Messi - and the second half drifted into obscurity as a result.

The disappointing Tomas Rosicky lifted a shot high over the bar and Bendtner's blushes at heading Clichy's brilliant cross against a post were spared by a linesman's flag for offside, but inevitably it was left to Messi to have the final say.

It was from his quick free-kick that Pedro dropped a clipped finish just wide of the far post, but Messi did it all himself two minutes from time when he shrugged off lame challenges from Emmanuel Eboue and Vermaelen before completing his first four-goal haul with a low drive after Almunia had blocked his initial shot.

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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal FT
(HT 3-1)(agg 6-3)
  • Messi 21
  • Messi 37
  • Messi 42
  • Messi 88
  • Bendtner 19

Barcelona

  • 01 Valdes
  • 02 Daniel
  • 04 Marquez
  • 18 Milito
  • 22 Abidal (Maxwell 53)
  • 06 Xavi
  • 15 Keita
  • 16 Busquets
  • 10 Messi
  • 11 Bojan (Yaya Toure 55)
  • 17 Pedrito (Iniesta 86)

Substitutes

  • 13 Pinto,
  • 19 Maxwell,
  • 08 Iniesta,
  • 24 Yaya Toure,
  • 32 Fontas,
  • 14 Henry,
  • 35 Jeffren

Arsenal

Substitutes

Ref: StarkAtt: 95,000
BARCELONA
ARSENAL

Possession

  • Barcelona 63%
  • Arsenal 37%

Attempts on target

  • Barcelona 8
  • Arsenal 2

Attempts off target

  • Barcelona 7
  • Arsenal 5

Corners

  • Barcelona 3
  • Arsenal 2

Fouls

  • Barcelona 10
  • Arsenal 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:15 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+1:24 Outswinging corner taken by Emmanuel Eboue from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Da Silva Eduardo goes over the bar.
  • 90:00+1:14 A cross is delivered by Emmanuel Eboue, Sergio Busquets gets a block in.
  • 87:15 GOAL - Lionel MessiBarcelona 4 - 1 Arsenal Goal scored by Leo Messi from close range low into the middle of the goal. Barcelona 4 (6)-(3) 1 Arsenal.
  • 87:02 Leo Messi takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 86:15 Scherer Andrade Maxwell takes a shot. Manuel Almunia makes a save.
  • 84:47 Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.
  • 84:47 Substitution (Barcelona) makes a substitution, with Andres Iniesta coming on for Rodriguez Pedro.
  • 84:47 Da Silva Dani Alves challenges Gael Clichy unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 82:14 The referee blows for offside against Theo Walcott. Free kick taken by Victor Valdes.
  • 81:12 Foul by Gneri Toure Yaya on Emmanuel Eboue, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
  • 79:56 Effort from outside the penalty box by Rodriguez Pedro goes wide left of the target.
  • 77:35 Short corner worked by Leo Messi.
  • 77:28 Da Silva Dani Alves sends in a cross, clearance by Gael Clichy.
  • 75:51 Gael Clichy has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 74:18 Rodriguez Pedro challenges Gael Clichy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
  • 72:59 The referee blows for offside against Rodriguez Pedro. Direct free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
  • 72:40 Substitution Da Silva Eduardo comes on in place of Tomas Rosicky.
  • 71:57 The ball is sent over by Gael Clichy, Headed effort from inside the area by Nicklas Bendtner hits the post.
  • 71:37 Rodriguez Pedro produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
  • 71:08 Neves Denilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergio Busquets. Leo Messi restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:43 Seydou Keita concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Eboue. Emmanuel Eboue takes the free kick.
  • 69:58 The ball is delivered by Scherer Andrade Maxwell, clearance made by Gael Clichy.
  • 68:29 Tomas Rosicky has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 68:11 Foul by da Silva Dani Alves on Samir Nasri, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
  • 66:47 Scherer Andrade Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:47 Booking Emmanuel Eboue goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 66:30 Unfair challenge on Sergio Busquets by Emmanuel Eboue results in a free kick.
  • 62:55 Substitution Emmanuel Eboue joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mikael Silvestre.
  • 61:24 Effort from a long way out by Gael Clichy goes wide left of the target.
  • 56:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gneri Toure Yaya on Bacary Sagna. Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
  • 54:52 Substitution Gneri Toure Yaya replaces Krkic Bojan.
  • 53:31 Krkic Bojan has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 52:12 Substitution Eric Abidal leaves the field to be replaced by Scherer Andrade Maxwell.
  • 48:31 The ball is crossed by Krkic Bojan, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 46:47 The referee penalises Nicklas Bendtner for handball. Eric Abidal takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:18 The referee blows for half time.
  • 44:23 Rafael Marquez takes the direct free kick.
  • 44:23 Booking Booking for Tomas Rosicky for unsporting behaviour.
  • 44:06 Tomas Rosicky challenges Rafael Marquez unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 41:07 Assist by Seydou Keita.
  • 41:07 GOAL - Lionel MessiBarcelona 3 - 1 Arsenal Goal scored by Leo Messi from the edge of the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Barcelona 3 (5)-(3) 1 Arsenal.
  • 39:17 Bacary Sagna delivers the ball.
  • 36:13 The assist for the goal came from Rodriguez Pedro.
  • 36:13 GOAL - Lionel MessiBarcelona 2 - 1 Arsenal Leo Messi gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Barcelona 2 (4)-(3) 1 Arsenal.
  • 36:08 Eric Abidal delivers the ball.
  • 35:12 The ball is crossed by da Silva Dani Alves, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.
  • 34:06 Samir Nasri challenges Hernandez Xavi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.
  • 33:56 Seydou Keita challenges Thomas Vermaelen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 33:30 The offside flag is raised against Nicklas Bendtner. Rafael Marquez takes the indirect free kick.
  • 32:36 Da Silva Dani Alves concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. Gael Clichy takes the direct free kick.
  • 31:43 Shot from close range by Leo Messi misses to the right of the goal.
  • 30:13 Strike on goal comes in from da Silva Dani Alves from the free kick, Manuel Almunia makes a save.
  • 30:13 Booking Neves Denilson booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 30:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Neves Denilson on Leo Messi.
  • 29:00 Sergio Busquets gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. Samir Nasri takes the direct free kick.
  • 28:34 Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Krkic Bojan, free kick awarded. Hernandez Xavi takes the direct free kick.
  • 27:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicklas Bendtner on Rafael Marquez. Rafael Marquez restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:23 The ball is sent over by Rodriguez Pedro.
  • 24:00 Inswinging corner taken by Tomas Rosicky.
  • 23:49 Gael Clichy sends in a cross, da Silva Dani Alves gets a block in.
  • 22:03 Thomas Vermaelen concedes a free kick for a foul on Krkic Bojan. Direct free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.
  • 20:12 GOAL - Lionel MessiBarcelona 1 - 1 Arsenal Leo Messi finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Barcelona 1 (3)-(3) 1 Arsenal.
  • 18:07 GOAL - Nicklas BendtnerBarcelona 0 - 1 Arsenal Nicklas Bendtner finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Barcelona 0 (2)-(3) 1 Arsenal.
  • 17:56 Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Save by Victor Valdes.
  • 17:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicklas Bendtner on Rafael Marquez. Hernandez Xavi crosses the ball in from the free kick, Mikael Silvestre manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:00 Neves Denilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergio Busquets. Hernandez Xavi takes the direct free kick.
  • 16:44 Bacary Sagna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Seydou Keita. Seydou Keita takes the free kick.
  • 14:34 The ball is swung over by Eric Abidal, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.
  • 13:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicklas Bendtner on Gabriel Milito. Rafael Marquez takes the free kick.
  • 11:58 Da Silva Dani Alves sends in a cross, clearance made by Tomas Rosicky.
  • 10:59 Leo Messi takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
  • 9:45 Rodriguez Pedro produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 7:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicklas Bendtner on da Silva Dani Alves. Direct free kick taken by da Silva Dani Alves.
  • 6:52 Unfair challenge on Hernandez Xavi by Vassiriki Diaby results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Rafael Marquez.
  • 4:55 Theo Walcott fouled by Gabriel Milito, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 4:36 Hernandez Xavi takes a outswinging corner.
  • 4:18 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Hernandez Xavi from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nicklas Bendtner.
  • 3:56 Leo Messi takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 3:45 Hernandez Xavi fouled by Samir Nasri, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by da Silva Dani Alves.
  • 2:56 Eric Abidal produces a cross, Close range effort by Hernandez Xavi misses to the left of the target.
  • 2:05 Foul by Vassiriki Diaby on Hernandez Xavi, free kick awarded. Hernandez Xavi takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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