They pushed for a late victor but it was Messi that got the sixth goal of the game.
However, while those moments encapsulated Messi's individual brilliance, his ruthless streak was showcased shortly afterward when, with the score 2-1, he finished off a move of beauty to restore Barcelona's two-goal advantage.
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Only when Messi struck his second in stoppage-time, his fifth of this season's tournament after a hat-trick against PSV, could coach Ernesto Valverde breathe a little easier.
Tottenham allowed Messi time to curl a pass to Jordi Alba on the left and with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, back from injury, charging out, Alba cut the ball back to Coutinho, who drilled home through a gaggle of defenders. Suarez looked set to hit it at the near post, but instead produced a flawless dummy that left Messi to guide the ball into the corner of the net from six yards.
Spurs put up a better fight after the interval, but Barcelona's second win in eight away Champions League games is a positive sign the LaLiga giants are getting back on track.
Kane has been prolific for Tottenham over the last four years, but he admits he needs to become even more ruthless with his finishing to approach the jaw-dropping statistics compiled by the Argentina forward.
The report added that Gerard Pique criticized Messi for not facing the media about the club in Barcelona but only when he is in Argentina. If Lucas Moura scored the third goal sure we talk about we are heroes and the manager is the best in the world. The crowd were incredible and that's what we need tomorrow night. The first half was hard for the team to start to play and feel confident in the way that we planned to play because of a few mistakes before the action that we conceded.