Lionel Messi playing at Camp Nou should comfort FC Barcelona fans ahead of their bout with Borussia Dortmund.
The teams will face off Wednesday in Barcelona in a pivotal UEFA Champions League Group F game. Barcelona enters the contest in first place with eight points, but Dortmund is second with seven points after four games.
Either Dortmund or Barcelona will clinch a place in the Round of 16 with a win. However, if Barcelona loses — for the first time in 34 UEFA Champions League home games — it would create a scenario in which Inter Milan could eliminate the Spanish giant on Gameday 6, ending its 14-year streak of reaching the knockout stage of European soccer’s elite competition.
Messi is expected to play his 700th game for FC Barcelona, moving him in company with Xavi (767 games) as the only players to reach the seven-century mark with the club.
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Barcelona and Dortmund played to a goal-less draw on Sept. 17 on Gameday 1.
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