Messi, Rakitic light up Wembley as Barcelona sink Spurs

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       Tottenham Hotspur are missing five key players for their crucial Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wedne

0:41 Tottenham Hotspur are missing five key players for their crucial Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wedne

The Match Day 2 games of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday were highlighted with the masterclass performances from Neymar for PSG and Lionel Messi for Barcelona.

But the Bury-native was unable to contain Messi, admitting he had an "unbelievable" game and is "magic to watch".

With two defeats in two, Spurs will now find it hard to qualify as both Barca and Inter Milan already have six points, although Pochettino was adamant it was not over yet.

Ivan Rakitic, the scorer of Barca's second goal, said Messi was one of a kind.

And, in case you are wondering, Messi has scored 562 goals in 647 games for Barcelona, with 105 in the Champions League.

Messi scored twice in an excellent attacking display from the Spanish champions, who were twice pegged back in a breathless second half.

It took Messi less than two minutes to show reports of Barca's demise were greatly exaggerated.

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Coutinho was left with a simple finish after Hugo Lloris' reckless charge out to meet Jordi Alba had left the net unguarded, and the Brazilian made no mistake to tuck away the first of the game.

Tottenham refused to surrender as Harry Kane pulled a goal back but Messi took centre stage in the second half, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor finding the bottom corner of the net - having hit the post twice - before the superstar swept home a second during the closing stages after Erik Lamela struck for Spurs. His floated pass was chested down by Luis Suarez to Coutinho whose volley sliced up in the air before the quick-thinking Brazilian hooked the ball back to Rakitic who rifled a picture-perfect right-foot volley in off the post from 25 yards.

Losing Eriksen, Alli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen through injury ahead of such a big night was a cruel blow for Pochettino.

Tottenham's Harry Winks has said that Lionel Messi is the greatest player ever and has "completed football" after witnessing the Argentine's genius at close quarters on Wednesday.

Asked if Messi is the best player on the planet, he continued: 'Yes for me he is the best in the world.

Messi was unplayable and even some of Spurs' players couldn't help but laud him, despite losing the game.

Spurs twice rallied, making it 2-1 and then 3-2 and almost equalising with a deflected Lucas Moura effort, but Lionel Messi's 90th-minute strike - his second goal of the night - ended Spurs' hopes.

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