Soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday March 12, 2014. Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta, left, falls in front of Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany during a Champions League Quarterfinals, round of 16, second leg.
BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi and Dani Alves scored 2ndhalf goals as Barca beat 10-man Manchester City 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the Champs quarters for the 7th straight season.
Barcelona advanced with a 4-1 victory on combination over 2 legs in which referees decisions — and non-decisions — played out a major part.
City defender Joleon Lescott replaced Martin Demichelis, who was delivered off in the 1st leg, and also had as a lot of problems keeping-up with Messi through-out the game at the Camp Nou.
Unfortunately Lescott was bad as Cesc Fabregas’ roll by bobbled during his legs in the 67th min to emerging of onto the run of Messi , who flicked the ball over goalkeeper Joe Hart with a well done touch .
As in it is 2-0 overtake in the 1st leg , City ended with ten players after Pablo Zabaleta was reserved once again in the 78th for protesting after Gerard Pique barged into substitute Edin Dzeko inside the City without a penalty being awarded.
Vincent Kompany have scored a consolation goal for City in the 89th min before Dani Alves struck in stoppage moment for the Spanish champions .
In the night’s further match , Paris Saint-Germain advanced to the quarter-finals for the 2nd straight season after originating from behind for a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen along with a 6-1 victory on combination.
Lionel Messi and Dani Alves rebounded with healthy performances after limping into the match on the back of domestic losses.
“We had some pretty big setbacks, specifically in the method we were playing — but today we got back to playing the method we understand , the Barca people love.” Lionel Messi said. “Even though the goal came in the 2nd half, I don’t think we were ever before in danger of an disappoint.”
City would create very good scoring opportunities from the boots of David Silva and Yaya Toure , but manager Manuel Pellegrini could one and only bury his head in his hands when Lionel Messi have scored his 8th goal of the competition .
While Barcelona didn’t view at risk of an disappointed, City will definitely come to feel aggrieved after Pique was not penalized for his sliding tackle from behind , which looked at City’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 to come and play against a strong team,” Vincent Kompany said. “Over the course of two games, whenever there was 11 players (against 11) there wasn’t much between the two teams.”
Most of City’s hopefulness of defeating the deficit lay in Sergio Aguero’s gain after he lost the 1st leg , but the Argentina striker also seemed away Wednesday despite starting in front of Alvaro Negredo and Dzeko . Pellegrini saw from the stands as the Chilean served a ban for his criticism of the referee’s performance in the first match.
However Silva passed up a promising opportunity early on, Barcelona was sharp as Lionel Messi regularly ran at — and past — Lescott, who looked like to have got away with a vacation on the Argentina forwards inside the area in the beginning.
Lionel Messi exploited City’s slow-footed defense to register his 28th goal of the season after having found the post sooner on.
City made special first-half minutes, but Hart put the visitors inside it with a reaction stop on Xavi Hernandez before Fernandinho cleared Neymar’s curler off the line.
City went into the break encouraged after Samir Nasri sent Silva’s midair backheel flick straight at goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who additionally tipped Dzeko’s strong header over the bar in the 52nd. Aguero came up off with an injury for Dzeko to begin the 2nd half and instantly lifted City’s attack.
Vincent Kompany looked to happen to be in an offside position since he guided Dzeko’s header home to equalize, however the goal proved fruitless as Dani Alves have scored late once again, as he did in the opening leg.
“We felt that, with this game, these were the tactics to use,” said assistant coach Ruben Cousillas, who was unrepentant over City’s choice to play with a single striker in attack. “It didn’t come out so bad.