UEFA Champions League
3 October 2018
Game week
0 - 2
2 - 4
Wembley Stadium (London)


0 - 1
2' Philippe Coutinho (G) (assist by: Jordi Alba)
0 - 2
28' I. Rakitić (G) (assist by: Philippe Coutinho)
H. Kane (G) 52' (assist by: E. Lamela)
1 - 2
1 - 3
56' L. Messi (G) (assist by: Jordi Alba)
E. Lamela (G) 66' (assist by: Son Heung-Min)
2 - 3
2 - 4
90' L. Messi (G) (assist by: Jordi Alba)


Minute   Description
Up next for Spurs is a crucial home game with PSV, both without a point thus far. They trail joint-leaders Barcelona and Inter, each on six points apiece, heading into the next round of fixtures. That's all for our live coverage, thanks for following along. Goodbye!
Barcelona come out on the winning end of a wild six-goal thriller at Wembley Stadium, as Lionel Messi's second half double helps fend off Spurs' comeback attempts. The visitors got off to a flier as Hugo Lloris gifted Philippe Coutinho the opener, before Ivan Rakitic doubled their lead. Harry Kane and Erik Lamela twice pulled Tottenham back to within a goal, but they were undone at the back time and time again as they remain without a point through their opening two matches.
90'+3 Dier has been riding his luck and he's finally cautioned for another foul on Suarez, who has grown a bit annoyed with the Tottenham substitute.
90'+1 Into the first of four minutes of stoppage-time, and Barca have made their second change with Vermaelen coming on in place of Busquets.
90' A third assist tonight for Alba!
THAT'S A WRAP! 4-2 BARCA! Trippier's ball out from the back is poor and intercepted by Alba, who threads a pass into the centre, aided by another stunning Suarez dummy. It's met by an unmarked Messi who is never going to miss a chance like that. He fakes out Lloris and finishes it off at the near post to put this game to bed!
89' There are some great battles going on all over the pitch as both sides are giving it their all to finish this one off the way they see fit! Following another period of Spurs pressure, Messi does brilliantly to burst forward and fend off a number of challenges to run precious time off the clock.
87' Arthur's full Champions League debut ends here as he's replaced by Vidal for the final few minutes. The experienced Chilean will try to help settle things down and see this one out.
86' Alderweireld heads straight at Lloris from a corner, as Barcelona are let off the hook with the pressure temporarily relieved. Messi leads the charge on the break and wins his side an important free-kick, which will just help slow things down and take the sting out of the match for the time being.
84' STUNNING FROM LENGLET! Lucas does exquisitely to beat Pique inside the area, cutting inside and thrashing a shot at goal that's almost surely heading in at the far post, but Lenglet arrives out of nowhere to bravely block it behind! How vital was that?!
83' Valverde looks to settle things down for the visitors as he brings on Rafinha for an extra body in midfield, with Coutinho the one replaced.
81' STRAIGHT AT TER STEGEN! It's all coming to a head at Wembley! Barcelona switched off for a minute and they've been unable to get it back since! All the momentum is with Spurs as they chase an equaliser, but that's not going to cut it from Lucas who shoots directly at Ter Stegen on the end of a good run that deserved better.
79' Play comes to a halt with Lamela down, and the forward's night is over. It's nothing more than fatigue for the Argentine, at least by the looks of it, as he's replaced by Llorente for the final 10 minutes.
78' OFFSIDE! A lovely challenge from Winks to win the ball back in midfield earns a roar of approval from the Spurs supporters, but their joy is short-lived as his subsequent ball forward for Kane comes to nothing with the striker needlessly straying back from an offside position.
76' Suarez tries to get another Spurs player booked, and there's a case to be made as Dier catches him in the face with his arm. The referee spots it and awards a free-kick, but no yellow for the substitute. Spurs are growing in stature, most definitely, with Barca resorting to these tactics to try and find some respite.
74' A bad foul from Kane! That's late an unnecessary from Kane who catches Pique on the follow-through, sending him crashing to ground. The defender makes the most of it, squirming around on the ground in pain as the Spurs striker sees yellow.
73' Into the final 20 minutes and against all odds, Spurs are still in this match with a chance. They've been second best straight from the opening kick-off, and Barcelona have squandered a number of chances to put this match to bed, which has left the door open for the hosts.
71' A cynical foul from Busquets who drags Lamela down to halt his attempt to break, which sees the Barcelona midfielder into the book.
68' SPURS ESCAPE DISASTER! Lloris is first to a ball over the top, but puts himself into trouble as he tries to play out of danger, with his clearance smacking off Messi and back towards goal, as the Argentine runs through to capitalise, but Alderweireld recovers brilliantly to break it up and deny Barca their fourth!
66' A bit of a surprising change with Spurs in need of goals, as Son is replaced by Sissoko.
GAME ON AGAIN! 3-2! From out of nothing really, Lamela has Spurs within a goal again! He's picked out by Son atop the penalty area and his strike takes a wicked deflection off Lenglet which left Ter Stegen with no chance!
Assist Heung-Min Son
63' The third Barcelona goal from Messi has just taken the sting out of the match a bit. Any intensity and momentum Spurs gathered from Kane's goal has gone now, and the atmosphere has gone with it.
59' A professional foul from Arthur who takes one for the team in stopping the run of Winks to prevent a break. That sees him into the book.
57' A long overdue change for Spurs as Dier comes on to take Wanyama's place in midfield.
56' Alba provides the assist for his decisive pass, but Suarez and Coutinho deserve credit there as well. A typically excellent team goal from Barcelona.
HE'S FINALLY GOT HIS GOAL! 3-1 BARCA! That's been coming! Messi has hit two posts already in this second half, but there's no keeping him out this time as he latches onto Alba's pull-back, made possible by two brilliant dummies from Suarez and Coutinho, and guides a finish in at the far post. Stunning.
54' Kane has scored 10 goals in 12 Champions League appearances.
52' A perfectly weighted ball from Lamela to pick out the run of Kane, as he's credited with the assist.
GAME ON AT WEMBLEY! 2-1! A wonderful individual effort from Kane who gets on the end of Lamela's ball before faking a shot to evade Semedo, carving out space for the strike, which he guides beautifully in at the far post! That's sensational and Spurs needed that in a bad way!
51' DEJA VU! A near replica of the chance moments ago as Messi goes on virtually an identical run, and then shoots off the far post yet again! How has he not scored, and how is it not 3-0?!
49' WHAT ARE SPURS DOING?! If they're not more careful, this will be over in the blink of an eye. Sanchez's horrific back-pass nearly gifts Barca a break, but Lloris is alert in coming off his line this time and just manages to bail out his centre-half. Tottenham are all out of sorts.
47' OFF THE POST! Messi goes on another one of his dazzling runs, with the ball seemingly attached to his boot as he skips beyond defenders, with Suarez's run off the ball helping to open up space for the shot. Messi just passes an effort beyond Lloris from the edge of the penalty area, but it smacks off the post!
46' Surprisingly no changes at the break as the second half gets underway.
Pochettino needs to take charge and rally his troops, with this one threatening to get out of hand. He should consider turning to the likes of Sissoko or Dier off the bench, with Wanyama and Winks looking very much out of their depth against this clinical Barcelona midfield.
Hugo Lloris gifted Philippe Coutinho the opening goal after just 92 seconds, and it was downhill ever since for a Spurs side that has looked bemused, frustrated and disinterested at times. Ivan Rakitic doubled Barcelona's lead with a stunning volley just shy of the half-hour mark and they've since threatened to build on it. Can Tottenham shore things up at the interval?
45'+2 Spurs desperately need to get into the interval without anyone being sent off or without conceding again. They've got to regroup in a big way because the ways things are trending right now it looks as though this can get out of hand and embarrassing.
45' There will be a minimum of three minutes added on at the end of this first half.
43' And now Lamela sees yellow, for a completely needless foul as he swings his arm knowingly into the back of Busquets' head. That's senseless and unacceptable from him. Spurs are unravelling here.
41' Wanyama has looked out of his depth in midfield, and he's into the book now for a foul on Messi. He appears out of answers as frustration begins to set in. Winks hasn't fared much better here, either.
39' Barcelona are in control right now, really starting to assert their experience and professionalism. They're spending more time on the ball and have Spurs growing frustrated with their inability to find a way back into this game.
37' Spurs are generating some more chances in attack, but they're leaving themselves exposed at the back as a result, with Barcelona looking increasingly threatening on the counter. It's Messi's turn to lead a dangerous break this time, and he cuts in on that lethal left foot of his, but shoots straight at Lloris! Spurs are barely holding on, 2-0 down.
33' CRUCIAL SAVE! Spurs break menacingly through Kane, who picks out Lucas, who then slides in Son to his left. The South Korea international clips in a cross which takes a wicked deflection towards goal, but Ter Stegen reacts stunningly to keep it out!
32' EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING! Son smashes the ball in at one end, but it doesn't count as Trippier is penalised for handball in the build-up. Back the other way come Barca and Alderweireld, who's already on a yellow, flees the scene following a foul, which allows Coutinho a free look at goal from 20 yards, but he hits it straight at Ter Stegen.
30' Spurs have it all to do now, missing some of their attacking catalysts in Eriksen and Alli. Kane has been starved of service and his side are looking out of answers at the moment.
28' Coutinho turns scorer to provider as he's credited with the assist there, but Spurs' defence played just as much of a role in that for being unable to get the ball clear.
OH MY WORD THAT IS STUNNING! 2-0 BARCA! That's an absolutely phenomenal volley from Rakitic, who shows sensational technique to smash a volley out of the reach of Lloris, off the near post and in! A piece of art there on the end of a Coutinho pull-back, made possible by some dreadful Spurs defending.
24' A first attempted shot of the match for Spurs comes just shy of the half-hour mark as Kane tries his luck from 25 yards. The striker makes clean contact, but that really wasn't anything to test Ter Stegen who gets over to his right to make a simple save.
22' A lengthy delay here provides some cause for concern for Barcelona as Busquets goes down grabbing his knee following a collision with Lucas. He's got a bit of blood on the surface, so the hope for the visitors is it's just a scrape as opposed to something structural. It would be a massive blow if he were to be forced off.
20' Barcelona aren't looking troubled in defence, but they're seeing less and less of the ball, just handing Spurs more momentum. They need to be careful not to switch off and gift Spurs back into this game, much like Lloris gifted them the opener.
18' Son doesn't like this decision from the referee, and neither does this Wembley crowd. A strong run from the attacker is cut off as Semedo recovers with great pace to knock the ball behind for a corner, before going to ground under slight contact from Son, which prompts the referee to award Barcelona a free-kick and deny Spurs their set-piece. That's a bit harsh.
14' Alderweireld is caught and has to push Coutinho to ground to prevent him from running through on goal. That's a concern for Spurs as he will have to play the rest of this match up against this dangerous attack on a yellow.
12' Right idea there from Lucas who makes a clever run off the ball which is picked out by a perfect pass from Trippier, but the end product needed to be better as Lucas pulls it back to no one, allowing Barcelona to clear their lines without any panic.
10' Things have really settled down since the frantic start, with the hosts spending much more time on the ball. There's not a lot of urgency in their approach, however, as they patiently work it around near the halfway line, keeping Barcelona at arm's length.
8' Spurs have settled in a bit following the early setback, responding with a show of confidence as they enjoy some decent possession in the attacking half. They have yet to really threaten this Barcelona defence, which has shown signs of vulnerability of late and are without arguably their most in-form defender in Umtiti.
4' When playing a team like Barcelona you really can't afford to give away goals like that. They're hard enough to slow as is, but when you have your goalkeeper and skipper gifting goals, it becomes a daunting task. Spurs couldn't have imagined much worse a start to this match.
2' Alba provides the assist, and he will have to consider that a gift.
WHAT A START FOR BARCA! 1-0! Lloris is back having missed the last six matches, and the rust shows here! Messi swings a terrific ball over the top for Alba on the left flank, and Lloris inexplicably rushes off his line to challenge him!! Why?! All Alba has to do is pull it back for Coutinho atop the penalty area, and the Brazilian simply couldn't miss. Unbelievable!
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Tottenham in all white as they get the match underway, with Barcelona in their famous blue and red.
Valverde makes three changes from the win over PSV. Lenglet partners Pique in the centre of defence, replacing the suspended Samuel Umtiti, while Semedo starts at right-back with Sergi Roberto injured. Arthur makes his full Champions League debut as well for Barcelona, in what will be just his third start for the club, as he replaces Dembele, with Coutinho moving into a more advanced role.
Trippier, Alderweireld, Wanyama, and Lucas come into the side to replace Aurier, Vertonghen, Dembele and Eriksen, while Winks gets the call in midfield as Dier is dropped from the XI, onto the bench. The other switch comes in goal where Lloris returns in place of Vorm who is injured anyhow, with Gazzaniga the keeper on the bench.
Lloris is welcomed back into the Spurs team after a six-match absence with a thigh injury, but the good news stops there for the hosts who are without Christian Eriksen (abdominal), Dele Alli (hamstring), Jan Vertonghen (hamstring), Mousa Dembele (thigh) and Serge Aurier (thigh), as Pochettino makes six changes from the Inter defeat.
SUBS: Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha, Denis Suarez, Munir El Haddadi, Thomas Vermaelen, Arturo Vidal, Jasper Cillessen.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Arthur, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic; Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez.
SUBS: Paulo Gazzaniga, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker-Peters, Oliver Skipp, Moussa Sissoko, Fernando Llorente.
TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies; Victor Wanyama, Harry Winks; Lucas, Erik Lamela, Son Heung-Min; Harry Kane.
It’s clear where coach Ernesto Valverde’s focus is, however, as Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets were left out of the starting XI at the weekend in anticipation of tonight’s colossal tie in London, in which a victory would leave them sitting pretty in what is arguably this season’s group of death.
Barcelona’s Champions League campaign got off to a winning start as they cruised past PSV at Camp Nou, but the pressure in on them as well having had little joy since – drawing twice and losing once in LaLiga.
The defeat has left Mauricio Pochettino’s side in dire need of points tonight or they face the very real prospect of digging themselves into too big a hole early – and if the prospect of facing Barcelona wasn’t already tough enough, Spurs will have to do so without a number of key first-team players.
There’s already pressure on Spurs despite the group stage being in its infancy, having fallen victim to a late Inter turnaround at San Siro in their opening match, conceding twice late on as they left Milan empty handed.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of this Group B Champions League match as Tottenham welcome Barcelona to Wembley Stadium!


H. Lloris
M. ter Stegen
Nélson Semedo
K. Trippier
I. Rakitić
T. Alderweireld
Sergio Busquets
D. Sánchez
Son Heung-Min
Philippe Coutinho
H. Winks
L. Suárez
L. Messi
H. Kane
E. Lamela
V. Wanyama
C. Lenglet
Jordi Alba
Lucas Moura
B. Davies

Additional info

F. Zwayer
T. Schiffner
Fourth official
G. Kleve

Match Stats

Tottenham Hotspur Barcelona
44 Attacks (Dangerous) 52
3 Corners 1
17 Fouls 9
13 Free Kicks 25
6 Goal Kicks 6
7 Offsides 3
0 Shots (blocked) 0
2 Shots (off target) 4
3 Shots (on target) 4
0 Shots (woodwork) 2
11 Throw Ins 24

Premier League table

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La Liga table

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Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium