FC Barcelona captured their first ever Champions League victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford with a 1-0 defeat courtesy of a Luke Shaw’s first-half own goal. The Blaugrana scored what would turn out to be the lone goal of the game in the 12th minute when Luis Suárez’s header deflected off of him and into his own net. Messi had gathered Sergio Busquets’s superb ball over the top and the magician pulled off another amazing trick when he somehow crossed the ball to the back post for Suárez, whose header deflected in off Shaw. At first, the goal was initially ruled out for offside but that decision was overturned following a VAR review, and the goal was allowed to stand.
Manchester United would not be able to respond in front of their own fans and Barça should have scored a couple of more goals but for poor finishing. United failed to get a single shot on goal in the Champions League for the first time since 2005. However, they were on target on attacks on Messi after
Manchester United defender Smalling unintentionally caught Messi in the face, which caused Messi to suffer a nasty nose bleed. However, Messi would play on and end the game with bruising and swelling around his nose and cheek. Barça will host Manchester United next Tuesday at the Camp Nou and will most likely rest their starters for this weekend’s away league encounter to Huesca on Saturday.
Match Stats (From Sport):
Manchester United: De Gea, Dalot (Lingard 74′), Young, Smalling, Lindelöf, Shaw; Fred, Mc Tominay, Pogba, Rashford (Pereira 85′), & Lukaku (Martial 68′).
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Rakitic, Busquets (Aleñá 90′), Arthur (Sergi Roberto 64′), Messi, Suárez, & Coutinho (Vidal 64′)
Goals: 0-1, Shaw (own- goal, M.12).
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA).
Cautions: Busquets 18′, Shaw 19′, Vidal 71′, McTominay 86′.