VIDEO: Messi hits a legendary four goals as Barcelona crush Arsenal; Inter Milan beat 10-man CSKA Moscow to reach the Champions League semis

Barcelona 4 – Arsenal 1 (Agg. 6-3) (Champions League quarter-final second-leg, April 6, 2010) Xavi had the first attempt of the match when he backheeled Eric Abidal’s cross from the Barca left. The Nou Camp fell silent in the 19th minute when, on their first meaningful attack, Diaby crunched into Busquets in the centre circle, freed Walcott down the right, the pacey winger raced into the box before playing in Nicklas  Bendtner who scored at the second attempt. Barca weren’t behind for long as Leo Messi equalised with a thunderbolt from the edge of the box after the Argentine played a one-two with Silvestre in the build up. IN the 37th minute Barca got their noses in front, Xavi slipped Adbidal free down the left and his cross was poorly dealt with bu the Gunners backline allowing Leo Messi to convert the loose ball. A magical first half for Leo Messi was completed in the 40th minute when the world’s best player raced clear of the Gunners defence, bore down on Almunia’s goal and chipped home a beauty to complete his hat-trick. (First half highlights here.) Lionel Messi ended the match on a high claiming an incredible fourth, Xavi was the architect with a brilliant turn and pass to free Barca’s number 10 but he still had a lot of work to do as he beat Eboue and Vermaelen before firing a rebound through Almunia’s legs.

CSKA Moscow 0 – Inter Milan 1 (Agg. 1-3) (Champions League quarter-final second-leg, April 6, 2010) Inter took six minutes before claiming the crucial away goal on CSKA Moscow’s plastic pitch, Wesley Sneijder striking a low free-kick under the leaping Russian wall that fooled Akinfeev between the sticks. (First half highlights here.) CSKA’s efforts died early in the second half when Chidi Odiah, who was booked in the first half, slid into Samuel Eto’o on the halfway line to collect his marching orders.


IFK Gothenburg 1 – Djurgarden 1 (Allsvenskan, April 6, 2010) Djurgarden took a 16th minute lead through Philip Hellqvist’s low drive, but a comedy of errors from the visitors defence 10 minutes into the second half allowed Jakob Johansson to pull IFK level.

Elfsborg 0 – Hacken 0 (Allsvenskan, April 6, 2010) Hacken dropped their first two points of the new season as the league leaders had to settle for a draw at Elfsborg.


Tigre 3 – Atletico Tucuman 1 (Clausura, April 6, 2010) An opener from Carlos Fondacaro and a brace from Carlos Luna lead Tigre to victory.

Arsenal 0 – Huracan 1 (Clausura, April 6, 2010) Gino Clara scored the only goal of the match on the hour.


Deportivo Italia 2 – Colo Colo 3 (Copa Libertadores, April 6, 2010) Emerson Panigutti opened the scoring for Deportivo with a close range back heel in the 15th minute, before Cristian Bogado leveled with a header from Miralles’ cross in the 26th. Ezequiel Miralles put Colo Colo ahead with an overhead kick in the 38th minute and gave the Chilean club a two-goal advantage in the 58th, sliding into finish from close range. Miralles missed the chance to claim a hat-trick when keeper Fernandez saved his penalty in the 75th minute. Richard Blanco scored a consolation penalty for Deportivo in the 86th.

Universitario Peru 0 – Blooming 0 (Copa Libertadores, April 6, 2010) Universitario’s home draw with Blooming moved the Peruvians to the top of their group while the Bolivians remain bottom with one point.


Cruz Azul 5 – Pumas 0 (Agg. 5-1) (CONCACAF Champions League semi-final second-leg, April 6, 2010) Cruz Azul lost the first leg 1-0 last week, but Riveros tied the aggregate scores with a 37th minute strike and Horacio Cervantes headed the home side into the lead from a corner in the 74th. Pumas had Dario Veron sent off in the 76th minute and Adrian Cortes hit the resulting free-kick into the top corner before Rogelio Chavez and Gerardo Lugo completed the comfortable victory with late goals.