Lionel Messi stays behind for anti-doping samples after UCL exit at Anfield

Lionel Messi stays behind for anti-doping samples after UCL exit at Anfield

Lionel Messi was left behind at Anfield by the Barcelona team bus after their UCL defeat as the Spanish side quickly left for the airport.

According to sportskeeda.com citing Spanish media outlet 'El Chiringuito', the club captain was held behind by anti-doping official to undergo test at Anfield, moments after Blaugrana were sent packing from the UCL by Liverpool last night.

Barcelona team bus had to leave for the airport without Messi ahead of their return flight.

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The home-side staged one of the most sensational comebacks Champions League record books to reach the finals of the tournament for a second successive time.

Divock Origi and Gini Wijnaldum scored a brace each as Liverpool overturned a three-goal deficit from the first-leg to end Barca’s campaign from the UCL.

After a 3-0 win at home, Barcelona came into the reverse semi-final tie at Anfield, as clear favourites to progress to the final.

The 31-year-old Messi was not at his best on the night, despite leading the race for European golden shoe race with 34 goals, and UCL with 12 goals.

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Interestingly, Messi netted a brace in the first leg of semi-finals, but was well checked by Liverpool defenders in the return leg.

Liverpool will now wait for the winner between Ajax and Tottenham for the June 1 UCL final match.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum netted a brace each as Liverpool thrashed Barcelona 4-0 in the reverse tie of their UCL semi-final clash on Tuesday night, May 7, at Anfield to book a place in the final on 4-3 aggregate.

The encounter saw Liverpool without the duo of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, as Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri made the starting XI.

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