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Messi hails Barca demolition of United, but laments slow start

AFP  |  Barcelona 

said put on a spectacle in their victory over Manchester United on Tuesday, but warned his teammates they cannot afford any more slow starts if they are to win the competition.

Messi capitalised on early mistakes from and to score twice at before added a third for a 3-0 win, 4-0 on aggregate.

But United had made a brilliant start before Messi intervened, as hit the crossbar within 30 seconds and fluffed another chance with a poor touch.

"We have shown who we are, we put on a spectacle and played a great game," said Messi after the match.

"But we came out cold and looked nervous in the first five minutes. It was a bit weird until we regained control of the game and we scored the first goal.

"We cannot come out like that in a match because we have the experience of last season and it could (have) made qualifying difficult. Five bad minutes can knock you out."

go through to the semi-finals for the first time in four years, where they await the winners of and Porto, who play on Wednesday. carry a 2-0 lead from the first leg at Anfield.

"It will be difficult because these are the best teams," Messi said.

"Those who are there deserve it and it will be very tough against either or

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 09:30 IST