It was a night of Champions League football at the Nou Camp, the home of spanish football club FC Barcelona as they looked to qualify to the Semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League and the only bridge to cross was Manchester United of England.
HOW THE GAME PLAYED OUT…
Early in the game Manchester United looked stron and took the game serious for the first 5 mnutes into the game as they had about 2 chances to take a early lead but from that moment they went clueless.
Messi put the hosts ahead with a fine curling effort from 20 yards in the 16th minute and four minutes later De Gea let a weaker shot from the edge of the area squirm under his body for the Argentine’s second.
Philippe Coutinho added a third for Barca in the 61st minute, curling a stunning effort into the top corner from distance.
Alexis Sanchez’s diving header, which was spectacularly saved by Barca goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen in the 90th minute, was as close as the visitors came in the second half.
It was a sobering night for United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the ground where he scored his most famous goal, the stoppage-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final.
Barca now meet either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-final, with the Reds taking a 2-0 lead into Wednesday’s second leg.