Champions League: Ivan Rakitic Scores Outrageous Volley As Barcelona Prove Too Good For Tottenham (Photos & Video)

Alan Duffy

3rd, October 2018

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Ivan Rakitic scored a stunning volley as Barcelona beat Tottenham on a newly-laid but uninspiring Wembley pitch.

Lionel Messi was the star of the show overall, but it was ex-Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho who opened the scored after just 92 seconds of play.

The goal came after the newly-returned Hugo Lloris went walkabout in the Tottenham box…

The goal of the game would come just before the half-hour mark, with World Cup finalist Ivan Rakitic producing an exquisite volley from outside the box which arrowed into the Spurs goal via the post.

After the break, Messi proved to hot to handle for a Tottenham side without the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen.

The Barca captain hit the post twice from almost identical positions after some slick attacking play from the visitors.

However, it was Harry Kane who would score soon after, with the England man cutting inside Nélson Semedo before firing past Marc-André ter Stegen.

Alas for the Premier League side, they would soon see their opponents regain their two-goal advantage, with Messi finally getting the goal he deserved after another fabulous attack.

Once again, an improved Spurs fought back with Erik Lamela making it 3-2 courtesy of a deflected effort from outside the box.

Some more poor play from Lloris saw Messi almost score soon after as the La Liga giants pushed for a fourth goal.

However, Messi would get his second of the game, slotting home following an initial poor pass from Kieran Trippier.

The game would end in a 4-2 win for the Catalan side, who were deserved winners against Mauricio Pochettino’s weakened Spurs side. Although the Lilywhites’ boss will take some comfort from his side’s fighting spirit in the second-half.

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The north Londoners find themselves six points behind both Barca and Inter Milan, after their tough start to the group stages

(Table: BBC)