Barcelona beat Manchester United 1-0 in first leg of the Champions League quarter finals on Wednesday April 10th at Old Trafford. A Luke Shaw own goal early in the game gives the La Liga leaders the advantage going into the second-leg.
Barca as expected started the game with a lot of possession but were struggling to create opportunities against a well-organised Man United defence. The home side had the first effort on goal as striker Marcus Rashford’s free kick flew wide of the post in the fourth minute.
In the 12th minute, the Spanish side took the lead. Luis Suarez’s header was inadvertently deflected into his own net by Luke Shaw. The goal was initially disallowed for offside, but the referee rightly overturned the decision after consulting Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Barcelona were playing mesmerizing football as United found it difficult to get a hold of the ball. Former Liverpool stars Suarez and Philippe Coutinho combined in the 36th minute with the latter shot being saved by United goalkeeper, David De Gea.
Minutes later the hosts got their best chance of the first half, but Diogo Dalot mistimed his header from Rashford’s cross.
United started the second-half strongly pushing the Catalans back into their own half.
Rashford wasted a great opportunity in the 52nd minute. Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen punched away an Ashley Young cross only for the ball to fall to the 21-year-old who miskicked his shot.
The Spanish champions picked up the pace soon after as Nelson Semedo put through Suarez who fired inches wide. Jordi Alba had a shot saved by the legs of the goalkeeper in the 66th minute as the hosts were being put under pressure.
Late in the game, star striker Lionel Messi’s free kick was saved by De Gea as the visitors failed to get a killer second goal.
Barcelona will go into the second leg, at the Camp Nou, as strong favourites but Man United have beaten both PSG and Juventus away from home this season.
The BBC reported that United Manager, Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer, spoke to BT Sport after the match and conceded his side were up against a quality side.
"We played a good team. We know you have to defend a lot without the ball, and you might be tired when you get the chance yourself. We go there with one thing in my mind, we have to score.”
But despite the defeat the Norwegian was upbeat about his side chances in the second-leg.
"We're playing against a great team. It's a tough one, we'll go there with the knowledge we can score over there."