Messi masterful as Barcelona renews love affair with Wembley

Back at the scene of his 2011 Champions League final triumph, Lionel Messi delivered another display of artistry at Wembley Stadium.

Messi's two goals helped Barcelona fight off Tottenham's second-half resurgence and secured a 4-2 win for the visitors.

But the victory — after a three-game winless domestic run — was built on much more than Messi's virtuoso performance.

Selflessness isn't a trait often attached to Luis Suarez, but it was the former Liverpool striker's clever dummies that set up both goals from Messi as he allowed the ball to drift past him into the path of the Argentine forward.

The five-time world player of the year could even afford to hit the post twice before scoring in the second half as the five-time European champions made it two wins out of two in Group B.

"Everything he does is so unpredictable," Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho said. "I'm thrilled for him that he scored twice."

Initially, Messi settled for a supporting role as his defense-splitting pass from the halfway line to Jordi Alba helped create the opening goal. After goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rashly rushed off his line to confront Alba the ball was squared for Philippe Coutinho to score within two minutes of kickoff.

After Tottenham striker Harry Kane pulled one back in the 52nd minute, Messi started and completed the move four minutes later that restored Barcelona's two-goal lead.

By the time Jordi Alba virtually cut the ball back from the byline, Messi had darted into the box and both Coutinho and Suarez left it for the five-time world player of the year to finish.

The prospect of a Tottenham comeback flickered again when Erik Lamela netted with a deflected strike in the 66th