The big battle between Barcelona and Liverpool ended with unforgettable milestones for both teams.
Liverpool could not do anything before a Barca owner Lionel Messi should be resigned to defeat 0-3 full of pain. This result not only puts them at risk for stopping in the semifinals but also marks unforgettable milestones.
This is the second time the Red Brigade loses to 3 white tables in the Champions League. The first time was a 0-3 loss to Real Madrid in October 2014.
Liverpool also lost a total of 6 semi-final matches in the European Cup. Three of these are in the Champions League this season, the 2006/07 season (losing to Chelsea 0-1 in the first leg, 1-0 win back and going on to the rotation) and the 2007/08 season (draw Chelsea 1-1 at the turn and 2-3 loss at the turn).
The number of defeats of The Kop in the Champions League this season (4 games) was more than their losses in all other arenas combined (3 matches).
Meanwhile, Barca also set up memorable records. The Blaugrana has stretched the unbeaten record at home in the Champions League to 32 (winning 29, draw 3). They also had their first home win against Liverpool in the European Cup on their fifth encounter (winning 1, drawing 2, losing 2).
Individual captain Lionel Messi also has unforgettable milestones. Leo had a 600th goal for Barca on all fronts. Notably, his first goal took place 14 years ago, on May 1, 2005 in a match against Albacete.
Messi now has 26 Champions League goals against English teams after 33 games, 14 more than any other player. All are in the Big Six in the English Premier League.
Messi is also the second player to score against three English teams in the same Champions League season (Tottenham, Man United and Liverpool). The first person to do this is Thomas Mueller 2013/14 season with Arsenal, Man City and Man United.
Only Raul Gonzalez (33 opponents) scored more goals in the Champions League than Messi (32 opponents). Liverpool is Messi’s latest victim and two goals in the last match are also the first goals he scored against the Red Brigade after three encounters.
Luis Suarez also had his first Champions League goal this season after 36 shots. His closest goal was in April 2018 against Roma, and especially the goalkeeper was still Alisson.
Suarez’s opener goal is also the 500th goal at Barca’s Champions League playground. To reach this milestone, La Liga champions need 247 matches. Apart from Barca, only one other team can do the same thing is Real Madrid (now has 551 goals).
Messi caught up with a feat of 600 Ronaldo tables just set up
Just a few days after Cristiano Ronaldo hit 600 goals in his club-level career, Barcelona striker Lionel Messi did the same thing when setting up a double against Liverpool (semifinals of the Champions League 2018/19).
In the Barca match to crush Liverpool 3-0 at the Nou Camp this morning, Messi is the most outstanding player. He increased the score to 2-0 in the 75th minute before making a penalty kick to force Alisson goalkeeper to go into the net for the third time on the 82nd minute.
Before the match against Liverpool, striker with No. 10 Barca scored 598 goals in his club-level career and now that number has been raised to 600. Worthy, just 4 days ago, Cristiano Ronaldo has just reached the same milestone after scoring 600 goals in Sporting Lisbon, MU, Real Madrid and Juventus.
After 14 years since the first goal for a Barca team, the Argentine superstar has had 417 “shootings” in La Liga. In addition, he has 112 tables in the Champions League, 50 in the Spanish King’s Cup, 13 in the Spanish Super Cup, 5 in the FIFA Club World Cup and 3 in the European Super Cup.
In the Champions League in 2018/19, Messi scored 12 goals and contributed 3 assists. This 1987-born player left behind 57.7% of the goals scored by the Catalan giant in Europe’s most prestigious club level tournament since the start of the season.
Notably, before the match with Liverpool, Messi has never made a net “Red Brigade”. 12 goals in the Champions League this season is his second best goal in a season in the European Cup. The record that Messi currently holds is 14 goals in the 2011 Champions League.
Elsewhere, the opener goal that striker Luis Suarez scored against Liverpool helped Barca get his 500th goal at the Champions League. To reach this milestone, La Liga champions need 247 matches. Apart from Barca, only one other team can do the same thing is Real Madrid (now has 551 goals).