Messi nets a double as Barcelona survive a serious Spartak scare

Barcelona 3 – Spartak Moscow 2 (Champions League, September 19, 2012) (Longer highlights) After Barca needed to replace Pique with Alex Song early on, Cristian Tello opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a shot from outside the box. Spartak puylled level in the 29th minute when an awful attempted clearance from Dani Alves saw the Brazilian turn the ball into his own net. Against all the odds Spartak took the lead in the 58th minute when a great counter-attack was finished by Romulo. Barca weren’y behind for long as an attacked arrived at the feet of Tello down the left, he beat his marker, before cutting the ball back to Lionel Messi who equalised. In the 80th minute Barca took the lead as Lionel Messi buried a header from Sanchez’s left wing cross.

GIF: Cristian Tello goal

GIF: Dani Alves hilariously horrific own goal

GIF: Lionel Messi’s match-winning header v Spartak

Pedro: It was a difficult match v Spartak Moscow (English voice over).