Some fine memories were brought back when Lionel Messi replaced Ansu Fati in Barcelona’s clash against Borussia Dortmund last night.
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s double save from a penalty helped earn a 0-0 draw in their Champions League opener at Borussia Dortmund.
Just before the hour mark, the German produced a stunning stop at full stretch to deny countryman Marco Reus and then got up to calmly collect the bouncing rebound.
Replays, though, showed Ter Stegen had been off his line when the spot-kick was taken, but there was no video assistant referee review.
Barcelona brought Lionel Messi on for the closing stages, to replace 16-year-old Ansu Fati, for a first appearance of the new season.
However, the Argentina playmaker was not able to help conjure a goal, seeing a stoppage-time effort blocked.
Messi was named on the bench as he waited to make a first appearance of the new season following a calf problem, while 16-year-old Fati became the youngest Barcelona player to feature in the Champions League.
No goals on show but Barcelona fans did witness an iconic moment when Frenkie de Jong was seen helping Messi out with his armband when the Argentine entered the pitch –
The moment brought out a plethora of emotions among Barcelona fans as they had seen similar moments between some of the absolute legends of the game while playing for the Catalan club. Case in point –