Tuesday, April 06, 2010
FC Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal FC (agg: 6-3) - video of goals
It required a performance of absolute brilliance and four wonderful goals from Lionel Messi but Barcelona underlined their status as European champions by sweeping past Arsenal to advance to a semi-final against FC Internazionale Milan.
Even after falling behind to Nicklas Bendtner's early goal for Arsenal on the counterattack, Barca built on last week's impressive display in north London as Messi contributed a sumptuous 22-minute hat-trick and added a fourth two minutes from time.
The 6-3 aggregate scoreline took the UEFA Champions League titleholders into the semi-finals for the third year in a row and will also give food for though to José Mourinho, whose Inter side now face the task of stopping the Barça juggernaut in the last four.
You can see 30 seconds of the goal highlights at the UEFA site here.