Sporting Lisbon 0 – 1 Barcelona: Coates own goal seals victory in a frustrating match for Catalans [Best Tweets]

An own goal from Sebastian Coates sealed a 0-1 victory for an otherwise struggling Barcelona side against a resilient Sporting Lisbon.

Sporting put up a solid display to restrict Barcelona for major parts of last night’s match but an own goal Sebastian Coates saw all their efforts go to vain after half time. The hosts could not clear a Messi free kick which came from the right, as a result of which, the ball bounced off Luis Suarez onto Coates.

The player was simply in the right place at the wrong time, as the ball trickled into the net for the only goal of the night. Unlike what many expected, Lionel Messi failed to score his 100th European goal. The player did not lack for chances though – he had several opportunities in the first-half but none of them connected.

With about 20 minutes left on the clock, Sporting were narrowly close to an equalizer as Dost picked out Bruno Fernandes, but Barcelona keeper Ter Stegen was vigilant as ever, and made a quick block to deny him. THT takes a look at some of the best tweets about the match.

While several users remained divided on their opinion of Barcelona’s defence, they all agreed that the attack was in shambles, to say the least.

Meanwhile, Rakitic was the recipient of a lot of negative comments from frustrated fans for his lack of impact on the field.

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