10 men Barcelona proved enough to beat Olympiacos 3-1

Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Uefa Champions League, Olympiacos

Lionel Messi scored his 100th European goal to hand 10 men Barcelona victory against Olympiacos

It was all Barcelona domination at Camp Nou against Greek champions Olympiacos, whether they played with 11 men in first-half or a man down in second-half. It could have easily 6-0 or 7-0 win for the Blaugranas, if Gerard Pique wouldn’t have intentionally handled the ball to score a goal for himself and got marching order from the referee. However, 10 men Barcelona proved enough to beat Olympiacos 3-1 in a pouring night out at Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi was very eager to score his 100th European goal in his 122 appearance in European competition, but it was Olympiacos’ Dimitris Nikolaou who handed Barcelona an own goal to give 1-0 lead. Messi patience was the test on the night as he came close to scoring numerous times before finally producing the magic with dead spot. He scored from the free-kick to score his 100th European goal, when he failed to score from open play.

Messi’s goal is only second to Cristiano Ronaldo in European competition

Barcelona was on front foot from very first minute. Luis Suarez came close to score in brilliant fashion in 4th minute as he tries to slide in Samuel Umtiti’s header at farpost. Paulinho came close to score a header when he hit the post and Suarez was denied once again by Olympiacos goalkeeper from Messi’s assist.

It could have been 3-0 up for Barcelona in meantime, but thankfully scoreline stays 1-0. And in complimentary Greek champions finds Catalan giants a man down when Pique sent off for using his wrist to put Deulofeu cross into the net.

Olympiacos must have thought that it has open a window of opportunity for them to put Barcelona on back sit, but Lionel Messi heroics ends their hope. Argentine captain teaches a lesson to the Olympiacos defence what it costs to stamp on five time Ballon d’or winner around penalt area. He curled in a left-footed free-kick to give Barcelona 2-0 lead.

It helped Messi finds his 100th European goal, but his night wasn’t over. A minute later, he set up another goal for Barcelona. There was Luis Suarez and Paulinho who could have put a foot in Messi’s cross and scored for Blaugrans, but it was Lucas Digne who had a touch and scored a brilliant goal.

It left Olympiacos scratching their header as they allowed 10 men Barcelona to bounce back. Their only consolation of the night came in with Nikolaou’s header in closing minute of the game. Barcelona will march into the round of 16 with their nine points, whereas Juventus still need to do some work who also registered a 2-1 victory over Sporting Lisbon.

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