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Lionel Messi leaves Spurs toiling on a lower plane of sporting reality | Barney Ronay

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This was a night when all there was to do was gawp at the player who can bend the game according to his own physical laws

Sometimes you really do just have to stand and watch – and maybe gawp a little, too. The best athletes in every sport give us a glimpse of something else, a remix of the usual physical laws. At Wembley this sensation had an extra depth as Lionel Messi produced a hall-of-fame performance but did so in a Barcelona team who were stretched at times even as the genius at the other end was scoring twice, hitting the post twice and helping to make the other two in a 4-2 win.

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Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1)

Barcelona (4-3-3)

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