Lionel Messi was his usual brilliant self for Barcelona on Wednesday when scoring two incredible goals against visiting Bayern Munich during a 3-0 victory in a Champions League semifinal.
The outcome, though, was in doubt until late in the game. The first goal was a blast from just outside the 18-yard box in the 77th minute. The second score, which embarrassed one defender, came three minutes later.
On the first goal, Messi curled a left-footed shot past two defenders and into the lower left net of the goal past diving Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
The second goal was just as impressive. Messi left defender Jerome Boateng falling over backward as he sprinted inside the 18-yard box with the ball. Messi then chipped a right-footed shot over Neuer as he came off the goal line to try to give the Barcelona striker less of a target at which to shoot.
For good measure, Messi assisted on the third goal with a deft pass from midfield in stoppage time that Neymar collected on the run and then shot past Neuer.
Messi has 10 goals in 11 Champions League games this season and 53 goals in 51 games overall. His two strikes Wednesday give him a record 77 in Champions League play, one ahead of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
The second leg of the home-and-home series is Tuesday in Munich. The other semifinal is May 13 between host Real Madrid and Juventus, which won the opener, 2-1, on Tuesday.