Two years ago today, Barca beat Liverpool 3-0 in the Champions League semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp - the game best remembered for Lionel Messi scoring one of the best free-kicks ever seen.
On this day in 2019, Lionel Messi produced one of the best free-kicks in Champions League history.- Stan (@FutbolStan_) April 30, 2021
Here is every angle of that amazing goal. pic.twitter.com/3eXo5UmTjx
But looking back, a huge moment in the tie involved Robertson late on when he was left all on his own defending two thirds of the pitch against Messi, Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba in stoppage time.
Instead of rushing into to try and win the ball when he was outnumbered, the Scotland skipper backpedalled towards his own goal and elected to bide his time.
How about Andy Robertson defending 2 thirds of a pitch on his own v messi and Suarez :joy::joy::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap: pic.twitter.com/IdlmVMrlgw- John O Mahony (@johnomahony2000) May 2, 2019
Could be tackle that puts us through. 4-0 it's all over, but messi's reaction after the dembele miss showed they are terrified of anfield even with a 3-0 lead.. you just never know:thumbsup:- James Healy (@hogzahealy) May 3, 2019
Waiting for Messi to play the ball to Suarez as Virgil van Dijk sprinted back in ahead of Alba, Robertson then produced a superb tackle to deny the Uruguayan as he tried to supply the cut-back.
It was a world-class piece of defending that undoubtedly stopped Barca scoring a fourth.
You might remember that there was an even bigger chance for the Blaugrana to extend their cushion even further when Messi fed Ousmane Dembele, who scuffed a glorious opportunity in the last kick of the game.
The Robertson heroics, coupled with Dembele's miss, would ultimately prove crucial as Barca completely collapsed in the second leg.
Liverpool delivered another memorable European night under the lights at Anfield, beating the Catalan side 4-0 and progressing to the final courtesy of doubles from Divock Origi and Gini Wijnaldum.
Jurgen Klopp's side secured a sixth European Cup in Madrid after beating Spurs 2-0 in an all-English final.
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