FC Barcelona eliminate Manchester City F.C., Lionel Messi on target

Mar 13 2014, 15:54 IST
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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi is embraced by Manchester City F.C.'s Yaya Toure after their Champions League match at Camp Nou in Barcelona. (Reuters) FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi is embraced by Manchester City F.C.'s Yaya Toure after their Champions League match at Camp Nou in Barcelona. (Reuters)
SummaryFC Barcelona beat 10-man Manchester City F.C. 2-1 to reach the Champions League quarterfinals.

Lionel Messi and Dani Alves scored second-half goals as FC Barcelona beat 10-man Manchester City F.C. 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh straight season.

FC Barcelona advanced with a 4-1 victory on aggregate over two legs in which referees decisions - and non-decisions - played a big part.

Manchester City F.C. defender Joleon Lescott replaced Martin Demichelis, who was sent off in the first leg, and had just as much trouble keeping up with Messi throughout the game at the Camp Nou.

But Lescott was unlucky as Cesc Fabregas' pass bobbled through his legs in the 67th minute to emerge onto the run of Messi, who flicked the ball over goalkeeper Joe Hart with a sublime touch.

As in its 2-0 defeat in the first leg, Manchester City F.C. inished with 10 players after Pablo Zabaleta was booked for a second time in the 78th for protesting after Gerard Pique barged into substitute Edin Dzeko inside the area without a penalty being awarded.

Vincent Kompany scored a consolation goal for Manchester City F.C. in the 89th minute before Dani Alves struck in stoppage time for the Spanish champions.

In the night's other match, Paris Saint-Germain advanced to the quarterfinals for the second straight season after coming from behind for a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen and a 6-1 victory on aggregate.

Both teams rebounded with strong performances after limping into the match on the back of domestic losses.

''We had some pretty big setbacks, especially in the way we were playing - but today we got back to playing the way we know, the FC Barcelona people love.'' Messi said. ''Even though the goal came in the second half, I don't think we were ever in danger of an upset.''

Manchester City F.C. managed to create good scoring chances from the boots of David Silva and Yaya Toure, but manager Manuel Pellegrini could only bury his head in his hands when Messi scored his eighth goal of the competition.

While FC Barcelona did not look in danger of an upset, Manchester City F.C. will certainly feel aggrieved after Pique was not penalized for his sliding tackle from behind, which saw Manchester City F.C. 's furious players surround referee Stephane Lannoy and Zabaleta dismissed.

''Going for a second time down to 10 men after it was a clear penalty, it's not easy conditions

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