28 Apr '11, 10pm

Messi the magician

Champions League, Semi-final, first leg Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 2 MADRID - Two moments of beauty stood out amidst the beastliness of the Game of Shame on Wednesday night (yesterday morning, Singapore time). Two moments of magic from Lionel Messi, his second goal echoing Diego Maradona's dribbled gem against England in 1986, rescued this match from the dark ages. But for Messi remembering that football should be about joy, adventure and imagination, and Xavi also playing with style, this was the game that dignity forgot. There was no respect, no charm, no integrity. This Champions League semi-final was scarred by play-acting from both sides, constant surrounding of the referee, Wolfgang Stark, a tunnel ruck at half-time and a red card for Pepe in the 61st minute for a studs-up challenge on Dani Alves. The dismissal was the moment that turned the match, a decision that enrag...

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