Barcelona arrived at the Champions League round of 16 after Lionel Messi scored one and helped two in his 700th appearance for the club in a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.
Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the primary half and Messi doubled Barca’s lead four minutes after the fact, scoring his 613th goal for the club.
Messi additionally outperformed Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League record by scoring against his 34th adversary in the competition.
Substitute Antoine Griezmann then finished off a pass from Messi to additionally extend Barca’s lead in the 67th minute, a genuinely necessary goal for the Frenchman’s certainty subsequent to failing to score in his past six appearances for the club.
Griezmann had been left out of the starting line-up yet went ahead halfway through the first half when his injury-inclined compatriot Ousmane Dembele was constrained off with a third muscle issue of the campaign.
Dortmund’s England forward Jadon Sancho likewise started the game on the seat yet had an effect when presented after halftime, firing in a great relief strike for the Germans in the 77th minute after jumping on a loose ball inside the region.
The 19-year-old at that point constrained Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to turn an incredible shot on to the crossbar in a strong completion from the German side, whose mentor Lucien Favre is feeling the pressure because of the group’s poor domestic outcomes.
Dortmund dropped down to third place after the defeat and are tied on seven points with Inter Milan with one match remaining.
It was a therapeutic success for Barca, who had come in for scorching analysis for their recent poor presentations against Leganes, Levante and Slavia Prague, despite the fact that they are top of La Liga and their Champions League group.
Ernesto Valverde’s side leads the standings with 11 from five games, Inter Milan are second on seven while Dortmund is third, likewise on seven, with Slavia bottom with two.
“Our first objective was to qualify as group winners but we also wanted to show a real improvement in our play,” said Suarez.
“We relaxed a bit in the second half and hung on to our lead but we should still leave here feeling very happy.”
Disclaimer: The views, suggestions, and opinions expressed here are the sole responsibility of the experts. No Sounder Mirror journalist was involved in the writing and production of this article.