WATCH: Neymar connects with Messi as Barcelona take lead against Arsenal

For 71 minutes, Arsenal was disciplined and bunkered down on defense to really make it tough for Barcelona to even just get a shot off. Arsenal didn’t even allow a shot on target from Barcelona in the first half, which is an achievement in itself.

But alas, it’s a 90 minute game and the one moment Arsenal let their guard down and Barcelona went on a counter attack, they struck with a vengeance and grabbed the lead with an all important away goal.

This was Messi’s first goal scored on Petr Cech in seven games. I know it’s very difficult to score a goal but the three man group of Messi, Neymar and Suarez just make it look easy. Yet, another example from MSN.

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