Barcelona move four points clear of Ajax in second place in their group…
Barcelona survived a late scare to claim a crucial three points against Ajax. Goals from Neymar and Lionel Messi had the Catalans in control early on, before Anwar El Ghazi pulled one back with two minutes left. But as the Dutch side pushed forward, so substitute Sandro clinched the 3-1 result.
Brazilian star Neymar continued his impressive partnership with Messi, feeding off a pass from the Argentine to net the opening goal. On this evidence, Luis Suarez is going to struggle to get into the team when he returns from suspension this weekend.
Messi himself moved a step closer to becoming the Champions League’s all-time leading goalscorer, moving to within one of the all time record – held by Raul, who has 71. Andres Iniesta zipped the ball into Messi’s feet and the little magician needed no further invitation to nudge the ball home.
Indeed, Messi was soon showing off all his skills, making a mockery of this Ajax defender with a wonderful turn of skill:
Stop it Messi https://t.co/HAnhKgHMD1
— Football Vines (@FootballVines) October 21, 2014
El Ghazi did have them sweating on the result, as he swept home after finding himself in space in the heart of the Barcelona penalty area:
But the Spanish giants were not to be denied, netting the clincher with virtually the last kick of the game:
— GoalClips (@GoalClips) October 21, 2014