Manchester City avenged their 4-0 hammering at Barcelona a fortnight ago with a sensational 3-1 win over Luis Enrique’s side at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Lionel Messi had given the visitors the lead after 21 minutes, but Sergi Roberto’s error allowed City a way back into the game, when his crossfield ball was intercepted by Sergio Aguero, laid on to Raheem Sterling, who found Ilkay Gundogan six yards out to tap home.
Pep Guardiola’s side then seized the initiative in the second half, with Kevin De Bruyne’s fantastic free-kick giving them the lead, before Gundogan’s second 16 minutes from the end sealed a famous victory for City, and their first over Barcelona in six attempts.
.@DeBruyneKev lights up the Etihad! What a free-kick.
In what was an excellent performance from Man City, one we haven’t seen from them in the Champions League in recent seasons, that moment of brilliance from De Bruyne got many people talking on Twitter during and after the match.
His free-kick from just outside the box got the better of Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and many praised De Bruyne’s fantastic effort on social media…
absolute beauty of a free kick, always rated De Bruyne
— Neshel (@Ne5kel) November 2, 2016
World class free kick from De bruyne
— Karim (@fadzniSazali) November 2, 2016
City deserved the win, of course Gomes hit the woodwork but Pep's side were way more hungry & dangerous! De Bruyne's free-kick was quality!
— Kieran (@KieranGohil95) November 1, 2016
Gotta give it to you De Bruyne that free kick was
However, some were less than impressed with the free-kick, suggesting that ter Stegen should have comfortably saved it given that it was on his side…
"Kevin De Bruyne's stunning free kick?!? Really? Keeper should of caught it and rolled it out to a full back.
— LiAm Matthewman (@LiAmTheEggman) November 2, 2016
— Derek Donohoe (@Derek_Donohoe) November 1, 2016
— Matthew Burford (@MatthewBurford) November 1, 2016
Nonetheless, it wasn’t just the free-kick that gained praise from the fans, De Bruyne’s overall performance was sensational, and rightly commended by many…
Kevin De Bruyne is one of the best midfielders I have ever seen, what a performance today
Masterclass performance from Kevin De Bruyne. Arguably the best premier league player.
— The Owl (@Waynealiyu) November 1, 2016