UEFA Champions League (LIVE UPDATES): Manchester United face daunting task against Barcelona

Manchester United have a daunting task ahead of them as they face Barcelona in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League clash at Camp Nou tonight.

The Red Devils lost 1-0 to the Catalan giants in the reverse fixture played at their home ground at the Old Trafford last week.

This development makes it imperative for them to get a better result this night in Spain if they are to stay in the hunt for honours in this season’s Champions League.

In their first leg defeat, Manchester United failed to register a single shot on target for the first time in a Champions League game since March 2005.

Unfortunately, the record books suggest that United are possibly embarking on an uphill if not impossible mission.

Barcelona have not been beaten in 30 Champions League games at Camp Nou and will be confident of maintaining that streak against United, particularly given Lionel Messi’s history against English clubs in the competition.

Messi has scored 22 goals in 31 Champions League games against English opponents, more than any other player in the competition

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Kickoff is 8 p.m.


BARCA: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Lenglet, Pique, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Coutinho, L Suarez, Messi


UNITED: De Gea; Jones, Lindelof, Smalling, Young; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford, Martial


Kick off at Camp Nou


Jordi Alba clears for Barcelona


Manchester United dominating the early exchanges


Ball possession: Barcelona: 34%, Manchester United: 66%.


Shot by Anthony Martial is blocked


Barcelona now taking the game to United and Messi tries to create something for his team


Pogba tries a shot from a distance but it is off target


Ball possession now even as Barcelona are stringing passes to breach the United defence


The referee consults VAR as Barcelona make a shout for a penalty kick


The match resumes with a drop ball


Rakitic commits a foul against Fred… Free kick for United


Goal!!! LIONEL MESSI gets the first of the night for Barcelona


Messi drives to the edge of the United box before picking out the bottom corner with a stunning effort. The Argentine loves to score against English teams indeed


Goal!!! Another one from Messi


In four minutes, the Argentine gets two goals… Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United


United are now really struggling after such a bright start. It has gone very wrong here.


The winner of this quarter-final clash will face either Liverpool or Porto in the last four… It’s looking more like Barcelona but let’s see if there will be a ‘miracle’


Very little has been seen from Paul Pogba in the first 30 minutes.


In the other game going on… Its Juventus 1-1 Ajax


Messi with a free kick and Rakitic heads towards goal but De Gea takes that


Marcus Rashford with a shot but his effort blocked


Two minutes added time


Almost a third for Barcelona but De Gea saves the ball on the line


Explosive end at Camp Nou


Half Time Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United


Second half already underway at Camp Nou


Messi taking on everyone there and he wins a free kick for Barcelona and a push from Phil Jones


Manchester United push forward as they try to get one in against Barcelona


Pogba losses possession again as Barcelona keep bossing the game with a Ball possession of 69%-31%


Phil Jones commits a foul against Luis Suarez


Goal… Philippe Coutinho makes it three for Barcelona


Wonder strike by the Brazilian as United are being ripped out by Barcelona


Jordi Alba provided the assist for the goal.


Messi with an acrobatic strike but effort is off target


68′ Manchester United are all but out as Barcelona have a three-goal advantage tonight and four-goal aggregate lead


Marcus Rashford is penalised for pushing Gerard Pique


In the other game going on in Turing Ajax are leading Juventus 2-1


In the other game going on in Turin, Ajax are leading Juventus 2-1


Sergi Roberto is replaced by Nelson Semedo and Lukaku takes the place of Marcus Rashford


Lukaku tries to pick out a team-mate in the area but his cross is blocked by an opponent.


Diogo Dalot from Manchester United is ruled offside


free kick as Ashley Young trips Luis Suarez


The time ticking away… As Manchester United win a free kick


Luis Suarez with a decent effort but off target


Full time.. Barcelona 3-0 Manchester United

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