FC Barcelona duly took their place in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League for the seventh year running with victory against Manchester City FC thanks to goals in the final quarter from Lionel Messi and Daniel Alves.
Trailing 2-0 after the first leg in Manchester, the visitors played with pluck and ambition and their 89th-minute goal, from captain Vincent Kompany, came when they had been reduced to ten men by Pablo Zabaleta's late red card. By then, however, Messi's eighth goal of this season's competition had effectively ended their challenge, and City were denied even the last word in the tie as Alves repeated his first-leg effort and fired in a late second.
Tonight we faced the best rivals we could have been drawn against and a team who could have gone further in the competition. There were moments when we had control and others in which we struggled.
Gerado Martino, Barcelona coach
If we could have scored earlier it might have changed the game. It's only our third year in the competition so we know next year we should not fear anyone. Our moment will come.
Vincent Kompany, Manchester City captain
|1||Víctor Valdés (GK)||1||Hart (GK)|
|6||Xavi Hernández (C)||6||Lescott|
|13||Pinto (GK)||30||Pantilimon (GK)|
|Gerardo Martino (ARG)||Rubén Cousillas (ESP)|
|Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)|