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Dirty Tackle

Leo Messi weaves through Bilbao defenders, scores masterful goal

Dirty Tackle

When Bayern Munich thumped Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal earlier in the week, Lionel Messi was largely made irrelevant as he dealt with the lingering effects of a hamstring injury. But in Barca's match against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, Messi's hamstring seemed just fine as he weaved through defenders and fired a shot into the bottom corner of the goal.

Eccentric commentator/Messi-related nonsense shouter Ray Hudson once again reacted with his usual yelps of praise. "He emasculates them individually, collectively — he literally disperses the atoms inside of his body on one side of the defender and then collects them on the other," Hudson claimed.

In a match that could've sealed Barcelona's La Liga title had they won, Messi's 67th-minute goal made it 1-1. Two minutes later, Alexis Sanchez but Barca ahead, but Bilbao delayed the party with an Ander Herrera equalizer in the 90th minute.

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