Messi Brace And Rakitic Rocket Lift Barca Over Spurs

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The first half was hard for the team to start to play and feel confident in the way that we planned to play because of a few mistakes before the action that we conceded. In the second half.

Yet Tottenham fell behind after returning goalkeeper Lloris, playing for the first time since being convicted for drink driving, made an terrible mistake for Barcelona's opener by rushing out of his goal while full-back Kieran Trippier was also deceived by Messi's brilliant pass in the build-up.

Provided with the grandest of stages and 82,000 fans, the Argentine maestro responded by scoring two goals to take his Champions League haul to 105, setting up two others, and twice being denied by the same upright.

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The Catalan giants got off to a flawless start as an error in judgment from Hugo Lloris allowed Jordi Alba to pick out Philippe Coutinho for the simple tap-in. Then Davinson Sanchez's cheap giveaway led to Coutinho keeping the ball in play as Rakitic hammered home a stupendous volley which will live long in the memory. Marc-Andre ter Stegen came up with a big save in the first half and, generally speaking, you can assume they'd still win plenty of games even if they conceded an average of one per game due to the prowess of their attack.

Now Barca looks to have a foot into the next round, but Spurs are in trouble.

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Arthur has played in three LaLiga matches against Alaves, Huesca and Girona and just seven minutes against PSV in the Champions League.

A great start for Barcelona, what Lloris had in mind will remain a mystery.

Valverde said after Barca lost at Leganes last month that every defeat is an "earthquake" for the club, with talk of crisis intensifying after he rested Messi and saw his side held by Athletic Bilbao at the weekend.

They have a tough job to get out of the group now with both Barca and Inter having six points on the board.

From the side that famously beat Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley just under a year ago; Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli were all absent through injury.

If you didn't catch Barcelona's opener against Spurs tonight, check it out below.

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