The Argentine maestro Lionel messi suffered a “broken nose” and swollen eye on collision with Chris Smalling in their Champions League quarter-final win at Manchester United last night.
The game which ended 1-0 saw Barcelona get an away goal advantage after an own goal by Luke Shaw in the 12th minute. The La Liga giants therefore have the advantage for the second leg of their last eight clash at the Nou Camp next week with Manchester United as they look to end a run of three straight seasons without reaching the semi finals.
The 31-year-old attacker was unusually subdued as Barcelona settled for a 1-0 win after Luis Suarez’s header deflected in off of Luke Shaw and was awarded via VAR after initially being ruled offside.
Following a sweeping team move which involved all XI Barca players, Messi controlled a pass on the left-hand side of the penalty area before crossing for Luis Suarez – an impressive ball considering how little time the Argentine had to find the Uruguayan.
Unfortunately for manchester United, Suarez’s header back across goal was glanced past David De Gea by Luke Shaw. The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but was correctly awarded following a VAR review