Messi magic

The last round of games in the last 16 of the Champions League were settled last night, and Barcelona once again stamped their marked on the competition, hammering Stuttgart 4-0 at the Camp Nou. Lionel Messi was once again hugely influential for the Catalan giants, scoring two preposterously good goals and setting up another. They still look a cut above everyone else in Europe right now, and with Messi back on form (he’s now scored seven goals in his last four games), surely no-one can stop them?

‘He was so decisive,’ the Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said of the player. ‘Every great has a tendency to influence his team, like Jordan with the Chicago Bulls. He's the best. We wouldn't trade him for anybody.’ Well, obviously not. If you haven’t seen them, his goals are below.

Elsewhere Bordeaux cemented their dark horse status in the competition with a 2-1 win over Olympiakos, which gave them a 3-1 aggregate win over the Greek champions. The match itself was a fiery affair, with two sendings off and a spirited fight back from the Greeks, who after going 1-0 to a Yoann Gourcuff goal after only five minutes rallied and gave the French champions a nervy last 20 minutes. However Marouane finished the job with two minutes to go, putting them into today’s draw for the quarter finals. It’s all to play for, Brian.

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