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Clinical Barcelona pick off ten-man City

Published: Tuesday 18 February 2014, 22.48CET
Manchester City FC 0-2 FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi's penalty, after Martín Demichelis's red card, was added to by Daniel Alves in the 90th minute as the visitors took a firm grip on the tie.
by Simon Hart
from City of Manchester Stadium

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Match statistics

Man. CityBarcelona

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)38
 
62
Total attempts9
 
10
on target4
 
7
off target5
 
3
blocked2
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners1
 
4
Offsides0
5
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed19
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
19
Passes491
 
959
completed371
 
838

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 18 February 2014, 22.48CET

Clinical Barcelona pick off ten-man City

Manchester City FC 0-2 FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi's penalty, after Martín Demichelis's red card, was added to by Daniel Alves in the 90th minute as the visitors took a firm grip on the tie.

FC Barcelona took a big step towards a seventh successive UEFA Champions League quarter-final appearance as Lionel Messi and Daniel Alves downed ten-man Manchester City FC with a pair of second-half goals.

The pivotal moment of this much-awaited contest arrived eight minutes after the restart when Martín Demichelis upended Messi to concede a penalty, earning himself a red card before the Barcelona forward sent Joe Hart the wrong way from the spot. Barcelona doubled their lead in the final moments through Alves, leaving City with a mountain to climb in the round of 16 second leg on 12 March.

City have earned plaudits for their free-scoring play this season yet took a more cautious approach here. Manager Manuel Pellegrini fielded Aleksandar Kolarov on the left side of midfield and opted for just one striker, Álvaro Negredo spearheading the attack with support from David Silva.

As it was, Negredo was certainly a handful for the visitors' defence in the first period. Although Barcelona dominated possession early on, it was the City forward who had the first chance of note, breaking into the area onto Silva's threaded pass but carrying the ball wide and finding the angle too tight to beat Víctor Valdés.

Alongside the fit-again Fernandinho, Yaya Touré was more preoccupied with his defensive duties than normal and was well placed to stick a foot in when Andrés Iniesta looked poised to pull the trigger on the edge of the home box. When Barcelona did get in a serious attempt on goal, through Xavi Hernández's 25m strike on the half-hour, Hart was equal to it.

At the other end, City sought to profit from the Blaugrana's vulnerability in the air – Valdés got nowhere near one Silva free-kick into the area, leading to a scramble in the Barça goalmouth. Then, on the stroke of half-time, Negredo nodded wide from Jesús Navas's cross to the far post.

After that tight first period, the tie tilted Barcelona's way after 54 minutes after Navas had lost the ball in midfield and Iniesta sent Messi racing clear. Demichelis, caught out of position, brought down his compatriot and Messi made no mistake with his penalty.

A goal and a man up, Barcelona threatened more goals. Xavi blazed over when set up by Alves and then Alves himself burst through on a one-two with Alexis Sánchez but flashed the ball a fraction wide of the far post.

To their credit, City's heads did not drop and Silva forced a low save from Valdés but then came the second goal from the excellent Alves, the Brazilian breaking through on a one-two with substitute Neymar and burying a low shot beyond Hart.

Last updated: 19/02/14 23.43CET

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Lineups

man. city

Man. City

barcelona

Barcelona

1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution86
9
NegredoÁlvaro Negredo
Yellow Card28
Substitution74
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández (C)
13
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Yellow Card37
Substitution58
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
15
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Substitution58
9
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
Substitution74
21
SilvaDavid Silva
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal54
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
Yellow Card76
25
FernandinhoFernandinho
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
26
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
Red Card53
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
42
Y. TouréYaya Touré
22
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
Yellow Card23
Goal90

Substitutes

30
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
2
RichardsMicah Richards
7
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
6
LescottJoleon Lescott
Substitution58
11
NeymarNeymar
Substitution74
8
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution58
15
BartraMarc Bartra
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
Substitution74
17
SongAlex Song
14
Javi GarcíaJavi García
21
AdrianoAdriano
35
JovetićStevan Jovetić
24
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
Substitution86

Coach

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) Gerardo Martino (ARG)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

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