Messi was the orchestrator behind a superb attacking display from the Catalans that eventually proved too much for Spurs
Tottenham keeper Lloris gifted Coutinho Barcelona’s opener inside two minutes with a reckless dash from goal before Rakitic put them further in control before halftime with a spectacular 20-yard strike.
Kane gave Spurs hope with a clever low finish before the Messi slid home from close range to restore Barca’s advantage. Lamela’s deflected effort set up a grandstand finish, but the Argentine maestro had the final word with a simple strike after Suarez’s dummy.
It was a feat of endurance by Spurs to remain in this game until the closing minutes despite suffering some harrowing treatment at the hands of Barcelona. In the final reckoning, Barcelona were simply too good, but Spurs were also architects of their own downfall, producing crass errors.
Tottenham missed the guile of Alli and the defensive strength of Vertonghen, and it is on nights like this that their squad stretched to its limit.