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martes, 6 de diciembre de 2016

Lionel Mesi and Arda Turan. Barcelona 4-0 Borussia Monchengladbach


  • Barcelona hosted Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in a Champions League Group C tie
  • Argentine maestro Lionel Messi scored the opener at the Nou Camp in the 16th minute on Tuesday night 
  • Blaugrana attacking midfielder Arda Turan then scored a quick-fire brace in the 50th and 53rd minutes
  • The Turkish 29-year-old then added a third in the 67th minute against Andre Schubert's German side
  • Andres Iniesta, making his first start for six weeks, was at the heart of everything making 105 passes 
  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and the entire Reds squad were pictured in the stands for the encounter 
Barcelona's midfielder has been a naughty boy of late but his hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach reminded everyone why Barcelona paid £24million pounds for him at the start of last season.
Turan was singled out after his silly late foul ended up costing his team three points in the Clasico at the weekend, and there are suggestions that he has started recent games on the bench because when the team went out to celebrate Luis Suarez's Golden Boot award, he ended partying a little longer than everyone else. 
Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (right) celebrates his 16th minute goal against Borussia Monchengladbach
Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (right) celebrates his 16th minute goal against Borussia Monchengladbach
Maestro Messi points to the heavens after his early strike in the Champions League Group C match on Tuesday night
Maestro Messi points to the heavens after his early strike in the Champions League Group C match on Tuesday night
(From left) Aleix Vidal, Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez congratulate 29-year-old Messi on his goal at the Nou Camp
(From left) Aleix Vidal, Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez congratulate 29-year-old Messi on his goal at the Nou Camp
Monchengladbach's 26-year-old forward Andre Hahn (right) struggles to get close to Blaugrana superstar Messi
Monchengladbach's 26-year-old forward Andre Hahn (right) struggles to get close to Blaugrana superstar Messi
Messi (right) took his goal well for Luis Enrique's Catalan side against Andre Schubert's visiting Bundesliga outfit
Messi (right) took his goal well for Luis Enrique's Catalan side against Andre Schubert's visiting Bundesliga outfit
(From left) Andres Iniesta, Messi and Paco Alcacer congratulate 29-year-old Arda Turan (centre) on one of his three goals
(From left) Andres Iniesta, Messi and Paco Alcacer congratulate 29-year-old Arda Turan (centre) on one of his three goals
Former Atletico Madrid stalwart Turan heads in five minutes after the break to double Barca's lead at the Nou Camp
Former Atletico Madrid stalwart Turan heads in five minutes after the break to double Barca's lead at the Nou Camp
Turan scores his team's fourth goal of the night, in turn completing his hat-trick, on a memorable night for the Turk
Turan scores his team's fourth goal of the night, in turn completing his hat-trick, on a memorable night for the Turran

MATCH FACTS 

BARCELONA: Cillessen, Aleix Vidal, Mascherano, Umtiti, Digne, Denis Suarez, Andre Gomes, Iniesta (Rafinha 61), Messi, Alcacer, Turan (Cardona 74). 
Subs not used: Masip, Busquets, Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto.
Scorers: Messi 16, Turan 50, 53, 67.
BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH: Sommer, Christensen, Vestergaard, Jantschke, Elvedi, Korb, Strobl, Dahoud (Kramer 59), Schulz (Johnson 59), Hazard (Raffael 72), Hahn. 
Subs not used: Sippel, Wendt, Sow, Hofmann.
Booked: Dahoud.
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia). 
But the unruly behaviour was forgotten at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night as playing in a front three with Lionel Messi, who also scored, he delivered his finest performance in a Barca shirt yet.
Messi got Barca's first goal on 15 minutes and it was Turan who made it with a perfectly-weighted pass. The pair played a one-two down the left and Messi converted his 10th goal in the group phase of this Champions League.
Barca were pressing their German opponents and offering themselves to each other with an urgency and freshness that has been missing of late and was certainly absent for most of Saturday's Clasico.
Andres Iniesta, making his first start for six weeks, was at the heart of everything making 105 passes; Gladbach, as a team, only made 163 in the first period.
On 50 minutes, Barcelona doubled their lead with the impressive Denis Suarez crossing and Turan heading home. 
Then Turan swept in an Aleix Vidal pass after the full back, also making a rare start, crossed from the right.
Iniesta went off on the hour to a standing ovation, but only after teeing up Paco Alcacer, who shot straight at Yann Sommer, and such was Barcelona's supremacy they coped just fine without their talisman.
The Germans had offered very little and their night was summed up when substitute Christoph Kramer chased an overhit free-kick and ended sliding off the pitch with a two-footed tackle on a cameraman.
Blaugrana attacking midfielder Turan (No 7) scored in the 50th, 53rd and 67th minutes to repay Enrique's faith in him
Blaugrana attacking midfielder Turan (No 7) scored in the 50th, 53rd and 67th minutes to repay Enrique's faith in him
Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer of Borussia Monchengladbach (centre left) shows his dejection after conceding
Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer of Borussia Monchengladbach (centre left) shows his dejection after conceding
Messi (second left) takes on the German side's No 24, centre half and captain Tony Jantschke (centre right) on Tuesday
Messi (second left) takes on the German side's No 24, centre half and captain Tony Jantschke (centre right) on Tuesday
Barca's two triumphant goalscorers Turan and Messi smile and embrace each other after their team's four-star display
Barca's two triumphant goalscorers Turan and Messi smile and embrace each other after their team's four-star display
Turan completed his hat-trick from an Alcacer cross after he had been put in behind by substitute Rafinha. 
And Luis Enrique was able to put Marc Cardona on for Turan with 15 minutes left. The 21-year-old striker looked lively on his Champions League debut.
But it was Turan's night. He now has eight goals for the season in all competitions; only Messi and Luis Suarez, who was rested as an unused substitute, have more.
He is out of Luis Enrique's bad books and Barca have shaken off the post-Clasico blues.
Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar watches the game from the stands wearing a black baseball cap and bomber jacket
Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar watches the game from the stands wearing a black baseball cap and bomber jacket
Klopp was joined by a number of Liverpool's first team players as Barca turned on the style
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (left) and the entire Reds squad were pictured in the crowd for the encounter
Ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp was clearly focused on the match as Barcelona took on Borussia Monchengladbach
Ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp was clearly focused on the match as Barcelona took on Borussia Monchengladbach
Brazilian defender Lucas Leiva took a photograph and showed off his phone cover, which features a caricature of his face
Brazilian defender Lucas Leiva took a photograph and showed off his phone cover, which features a caricature of his face
Lucas - who wore glasses - was sat next to compatriot Roberto Firmino and Spanish full back Alberto Moreno
Lucas - who wore glasses - was sat next to compatriot Roberto Firmino and Spanish full back Alberto Moreno
England international playmaker Adam Lallana bit into an apple as he took in Barcelona's near-flawless performance
England international playmaker Adam Lallana bit into an apple as he took in Barcelona's near-flawless performance
Retired German defensive midfielder Sebastian Kehl (left) was pictured laughing with 49-year-old Klopp in the stands
Retired German defensive midfielder Sebastian Kehl (left) was pictured laughing with 49-year-old Klopp in the stands

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