Barcelona 4-0 Ajax: Lionel Messi Nets A Hat Trick To Sink The Dutch Side
Barcelona’s prolific forward Lionel Messi scored three goals as the Catalan giants ran out comfortable winners against Ajax. The Argentine...
Barcelona’s prolific forward Lionel Messi scored three goals as the Catalan giants ran out comfortable winners against Ajax.
The Argentine international broke the deadlock with a well-taken free-kick after 20 minutes.
After the La Liga holders went into the break with a slim victory, Messi then doubled the side’s lead with a side-footed finish in the area.
Centre-back Gerard Pique got in on the act after heading home from a precise cross by Neymar to make it 3-0 to the hosts.
Messi then ended the scoring 15 minutes from time, after the 26-year old initially dummied his shot before slotting home into the bottom corner.
Ajax will rue a number of missed opportunities, as they had Barcelona on the ropes on a number of occasions. Striker Kolbeinn Sigporsson had his penalty saved by Barcelona ‘keeper Victor Valdes. And the Spaniard was again called into action after Bojan curled in a cross which was met with a firm header by Ricardo van Rhijn, but Valdes was again equal to it.
Barcelona will be delighted to have gotten off to a perfect start without any hitches. And Neymar, who made his Champions League debut, also impressed in the early stages. Manager Gerardo Martino expressed his delight to see such a professional and effective performance from last season’s Champions League semi-finalists.