Goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves saw Barcelona advance to the Champions League quarterfinals following a 2-1 win (and a 4-1 aggregate win) over Manchester City at the Camp Nou.
Messi and Alves also scored for Barcelona in their 2-0 first leg win at Etihad Stadium. Messi has now scored 67 goals in the Champions League – the most ever.
Looking to overcome a 2-0 home loss three weeks ago, Manchester City started the match strong and applied pressure to the hosts early on. However they just couldn’t get find that early goal that would have brought them back into the tie. Meanwhile Barcelona were content early on to hold unto the ball and have their opponents chase the game. They also came close to opening the scoring in the first half, with both Messi and Neymar having their efforts cleared off the goal line. The first half was also marred by several questionable by referee Stephane Lannoy, the most egregious being disallowing a Neymar goal for offside.
City continued to have scoring chances in the second half but it was Messi getting the hosts on the scoresheet, alertly picking City defender Joleon Lescott of the ball before lifting it over goalkeeper Joe Hart.
More than ten minutes substitute Edin Dzeko – who replaced a struggling (and injured) Sergio Aguero with at half-time – was fouled by Gerard Pique in the penalty box. Not only did Lannoy fail to award a penalty, he also awarded City defender Pablo Zabaleta a second yellow card (automatic ejection) for protesting.
City captain Vincent Kompany would finally put his team on the board with a goal in the 89th minute, but by then it was too little too late. Alves would eventually settle matters in the dying moments of the match.