Lionel Messi will play for Argentina again - Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde

Lionel Messi lifted Barcelona out of their recent malaise with a magical display as his side beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in a thrilling Champions League Group B clash at Wembley on Wednesday.

They head to PSV Eindhoven for their next European fixture on October 24 knowing a win is essential as they already trail Barca and Inter by six points.

Spurs twice rallied, making it 2-1 and then 3-2 and almost equalising with a deflected Lucas Moura effort, but Lionel Messi's 90th-minute strike - his second goal of the night - ended Spurs' hopes. Spurs bounced back by winning their last two Premier League matches.

"The only way I can really describe it is he's just completed football".

The Match Day 2 games of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday were highlighted with the masterclass performances from Neymar for PSG and Lionel Messi for Barcelona. If you watch the game, in the first half - how many chances did Messi have?

Philippe Coutinho set the tempo for a breathtaking spectacle by scoring after 95 seconds, following some horrendous decision making by the returning Hugo Lloris.

However, while those moments encapsulated Messi's individual brilliance, his ruthless streak was showcased shortly afterward when, with the score 2-1, he finished off a move of beauty to restore Barcelona's two-goal advantage. Then Davinson Sanchez's cheap giveaway led to Coutinho keeping the ball in play as Rakitic hammered home a stupendous volley which will live long in the memory. Spurs could not get near him and he left the watching crowd gasping twice within the space of five minutes as two nearly identical efforts struck the same portion of Lloris's right-hand post.

Alba alertly picked out Coutinho on the edge on the penalty area and, with Lloris having needlessly rushed off his line, the former Liverpool forward was able to fire into the empty net. Yes, Kane is still only 25 years old and has time on his side, but he will have his work cut out to get on Messi's level. Suarez looked set to hit it at the near post, but instead produced a flawless dummy that left Messi to guide the ball into the corner of the net from six yards.

Messi opened up Tottenham again in the 28th minute.

Champions League football by February? Everyone who has played against him has said the same thing.

Spurs fell behind after less than two minutes at Wembley and found themselves 2-0 down at the break.

  • Angelo Rivera