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When Messi was left bloodied at Old Trafford

Last updated on: April 11, 2019 12:01 IST

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi was left with a bloodied nose after a challenge by Mancehster Umited's Chris Smalling during their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday

IMAGE: Barcelona captain Lionel Messi was left with a bloodied nose after a challenge by Manchester United's Chris Smalling during their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Barcelona seized the advantage in their Champions League quarter-final tie against Manchester United after a 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

 

The only goal of the game came from a clever cross by Lionel Messi although Barca's captain was kept unusually quiet for the remainder, after being left with a bloodied face from a clash with United's Chris Smalling.

"Messi felt very uncomfortable after the blow to the head, we'll have to examine him tomorrow to see how he is, it was a strong blow, he has a large bruise," said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.

Midfielder Sergio Busquets added: "It was a big blow, he has a scar and he bled a lot, it was obviously uncomfortable for him but he put on a brave face and played as best as he could, as he always does."

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