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Unstopable Messi leads Barcelona over Arsenal

2010-04-07 10:21 BJT

For the second time in a week, Arsenal were blown away and dumped unceremoniously out as Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to victory in the second leg of their last eight tie. The Argentinean forward was unplayable scoring all four goals.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi of Argentina reacts after scoring a goal against Arsenal during their Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, April 6, 2010. Messi scored four times as Barcelona beat Arsenal 4-1 to reach the Champions League semifinals for the third straight year. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi of Argentina reacts after scoring a goal against 
Arsenal during their Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match
at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, April 6, 2010. Messi
scored four times as Barcelona beat Arsenal 4-1 to reach the Champions League
semifinals for the third straight year.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Arsenal stunned their hosts going on up early on.

Abou Diaby offloaded his pass to Theo Walcott - he raced clear on the right and set Nicklaus Bendtner up to score at the second attempt - But Arsenals joy would be short lived.

The goal fired Barca up and they were on level terms within three minutes.

Messi seized on a loose ball by the edge of the area and lashed a shot through a crowd of defenders into the top corner.