The 6th round of the Champions League group stage game against Borussia Monchengladbach saw a goal from Messi and a hat-trick from Arda Turan. The game have finally ended the three straight draw at Camp Nou. Although Barca have already qualified and there was no need dying need of the three points, but Luis Enrique have already emphasised on winning the game in Tuesday’s pre-game conference.
With Arda and Denis Suarez filling in for suspended Neymar and Rakitic respectively while Andre Gomes took Sergio Busquet’s position as defensive midfielder. Luis Suarez was rested for Alcacer to play. Once again, Luis Enrique gave Aleix Vidal opportunity to prove himself worth by playing him as right back. Luis Enrique allowed all the recent signing of six player to start the game.
The first goal from Messi came after 15 minutes of the game, Arda Turan who was on the left with the ball pulled the ball back to Messi and immediately stroke a shot into the post. The Blaugranas had created several chances to extend their lead in the game but they were not able to convert them.
After they resumed 2nd half, five minutes later Arda opened the scoring with a header while the second one was well place ball into the net after a deflected cross fro Aleix Vidal. He sealed the goals after a fine square play from the far right and ended it with a well finished ball.
A great save from Sommer hindered Messi’s header from equaling Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 11 goals in the Champions League group stage.
It was a good game for Arda which saw his first hat-trick in a Champions League game. The Turk once again proves his worth as an attacker on the left wing. Also, Aleix Vidal and Denis Suarez have shown the coach that they deserve more time on the pitch.