Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Barcelona hammer Manchester United to reach Champions League semis

Barcelona hammer Manchester United to reach Champions League semis

Barcelona and Manchester United are nearing kickoff in the Champions League Quarterfinals at the Camp Nou.

The entertaining factor was replaced by plenty of tension and poor play, and apart from a magical first 15 minutes from Barcelona which earned them the only goal of the game, it was not a night to remember in England.

United have experienced some memorable moments in the Champions League this season but our journey came to an end on a disappointing night for the Reds, whose sole focus is now on securing a place in next season's competition with a top-four finish in the Premier League, with the battle continuing on Sunday against Everton at Goodison Park (kick-off 13:30 BST).

With the first match ending 1-0 for the Catalan's, the second match at the Camp Nou was business as usual.

"We have done two good games".

The Manchester derby at Old Trafford is then followed by Chelsea's visit in a run of fixtures that could go a long way towards defining United's campaign. We want to get back toUnited's true traditions and challenge the likes of Barcelona'.

At one stage his distribution in the second half had dipped to 82.5 per cent - six team-mates in Blaugrana blue and claret were into the 90s (goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen had 100 per cent) - with Coutinho closest to him with 84.9 per cent.

Barca were flustered, so much so the crowd even cheered with relief when Arthur Melo played his team's first convincing pass.

Messi then flew in and grabbed the loose ball ahead of a sliding Young. Fred and Scott McTominay closed in on Coutinho and the ball spilled out to Messi, whose dribbling shot with his right foot should have drawn a routine save.

They were in command after the mercurial Argentine master put them 2-0 up, although they had to ride their luck a bit in the opening exchanges as United threatened a stirring comeback.

Pogba lashed out at the increasingly influential Arthur and Barca could have had a third before half-time, De Gea scrambling across to save on the line when Sergi Roberto should have finished. Barca's less so, especially in recent years where they have had to take a back seat to fierce rivals Real Madrid's trailblazing antics in Europe.

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