May 6th at Nou Camp was witness to the Barcelona FC vs. Bayern Munich Champions League semi-final 1st leg clash. There was nothing too choose between the two sides until the 77th minute when Lionel Messi struck for the Catalans. But it was his second goal in the 80th minute that took the cake. Receiving a pass from Ivan Rakitic, Messi ran towards Bayern defender Jerome Boateng. A sudden swivel of the hips left the towering German defender stumbling and before he could recover, the magical Argentine outfoxed another defender before looping the ball over the 6ft4in Manuel Neuer to score one of the most memorable goals of the championship.
The dribble that floored Boateng became a sensation worldwide. Instead of feeling foolish, the German defender who was part of the German World Cup winning squad conceded that he was outplayed by the best player in the world. Yes, he did admit that the incident left him laughing at himself but had no regrets at being fooled by the Argentine great.
In an interview with ESPN, the German defender said “That doesn’t really affect me. I was laughing at myself. When you fall down or slip in a situation and somebody scores a goal, it’s normal. These things happen; it happens to me, it happens to other players, I don’t care about these things. For me, he’s the best player in the world. That’s football. Sometimes you look bad or something happens. I’m a defender, that doesn’t kill me or anything.”
Whatever Boateng has to say about that 80th minute dribble, one thing is certain – that piece of “Messi “ magic will be there to haunt him forever.