Champions League

Messi still on penalty duty

2015-02-25 11:23
Lionel Messi (File)

Cape Town - Luis Enrique praised his team's display in the first 45 minutes when they tore the hosts apart and confirmed that Lionel Messi will remain on penalty taking duty despite his poor record.

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"The first half we were free and relaxed and created danger, we were superior in the middle and had clarity in front of goal.

"In the second half they made us suffer a bit but the result was more than fair."

Lionel Messi missed the chance to put the tie beyond doubt in injury time as Joe Hart saved his penalty before the rebound fell to the Argentina star, who sent his diving header wide of the goal.

Messi has now missed five of his last 10 penalties for club and country but Enrique was not concerned.

"We know penalties can be missed and Leo will be taking our next penalty, " Enrique said.

"The tie is still open but even if it was 3-1 it would not be done and dusted."

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