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.
You cannot make mistakes like we did against a great team like them. It will always be costly. We will try our best at the Nou Camp but the second goal makes it very difficult.
Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City manager
For ten minutes during the first half we lost control a little but in the rest of the game we did well. We have to keep calm and continue along the same path – in no way are we going to relax.
Gerardo Martino, Barcelona coach
|1||Hart (GK)||1||Víctor Valdés (GK)|
|6||Xavi Hernández (C)|
|42||Y. Touré||22||Daniel Alves|
|30||Pantilimon (GK)||13||Pinto (GK)|
|Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)||Gerardo Martino (ARG)|
|Jonas Eriksson (SWE)|