Lionel Messi's Barcelona managed to defeat Manchester United 3-0

Lionel Messi's Barcelona managed to defeat Manchester United 3-0

- The Barcelona vs Manchester United Champions League encounter favoured the Spanish League side after regulation period

- Two first-half goals from Lionel Messi and one from Philippe Coutinho sealed the win for the hosts

- Barce have now reached their first semifinal since the 2014-15 season and they hope to win the title

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Barcelona is through to the semifinal stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 2014-15 season after beating Manchester United at Camp Nou on Tuesday night.

The Catalans came into the fixture with a goal advantage from the first leg at Old Trafford barely one week ago.

It was the Red Devils who got the game off to a flying start in Spain with Marcus Rashford firing the first shot, but his effort was denied by the woodworks after just 40 seconds into the match.

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The visitors continued to make advances at the weak backline of their hosts, and once again the Premier League team failed to bury the chance they created.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men narrowly escaped being punished through a penalty kick after Fred threw a careless tackle on Ivan Rakitic in the 11th minute.

But the referee had to consult the VAR before overturning the earlier penalty call he made earlier in the game.

Meanwhile, it took Lionel Messi 16 minutes to find the back of the net after his weak shot slipped under David De Gea's arms.

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After their opening goal, Barce seemed settled and confident as they continued their attacking footballm but it was not long before they broke through for the second time in the match.

Messi once again picked up a loose ball from Ashley Young before cutting in from the right flank and powered a curly shot into the left side of De Gea's pole in the 20th minute.

Both teams were, however, unable to score any more goals in the first half with German referee Felix Brych sounding the whistle for half time.

Both sides returned to the pitch for the remainder of the meeting as the visitors hoped to overturn the two goals deficit with just 45 minutes left to play.

Philippe Coutinho compounded United's woes after netting his first goal of the game with his signature shot as the home team went three goals up in the 60th minute.

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After the Brazilian's superb curly long-range shot, it was clear that Solskjaer's men needed a miracle to stage a comeback in the meeting.

United's boss brought in Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku in the second half but both stars were unable to stop their side from crashing out of the European tourney at the last eighth stage.

And the referee blew the final whistle at the Camp Nou with Barcelona cruising to the next stage on 4-0 aggregate.

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