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Barcelona complete last-16 triumph over Arsenal

Published: Wednesday 16 March 2016, 22.40CET
Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal (agg: 5-1)
Neymar, Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi were all on target as the holders reached the last eight for the ninth season running.

Match statistics

BarcelonaArsenal

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)62
 
38
Total attempts17
 
19
on target8
 
4
off target5
 
8
blocked4
 
7
against woodwork0
1
Corners7
 
8
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
8
Passes746
 
408
completed670
 
342

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 16 March 2016, 22.40CET

Barcelona complete last-16 triumph over Arsenal

Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal (agg: 5-1)
Neymar, Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi were all on target as the holders reached the last eight for the ninth season running.

It was a familiar story at the Camp Nou as Barcelona eased through to a ninth successive UEFA Champions League quarter-final and Arsenal, impressive at times, bowed out in the last 16 yet again.

Neymar's early goal all but ended the tie as a contest, and though Mohamed Elneny's fabulous strike earned Arsenal parity of the night, Barcelona had the last word. First Luis Suárez made it 2-1 in outrageous fashion before Lionel Messi chipped in to complete a 5-1 aggregate win.

'''MSN' the best I've seen''

Overcoming a 2-0 deficit at the Camp Nou was always a daunting prospect, but Neymar's 18th-minute opener effectively killed the tie off. Laurent Koscielny was at fault, caught in possession as he tried to dribble out of defence. Barcelona were on it in a flash. Suárez collected the ball and found Neymar with time and space to fire in.

For a spell the fight left Arsenal, who had begun brightly even if they were indebted to a fantastic stop from David Ospina to deny Messi just before the opener. Barcelona attacked with trademark alacrity, but as the half wore on and with Alex Iwobi – on his first start in the competition – lively there were chances at the other end too.

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Mohamed Elneny (No35) fires in

Six minutes after the restart Elneny curled in a superb effort and the flames of hope flickered, only for Suárez to douse them with an acrobatic goal that came off his shin and flew into the top corner. Danny Welbeck hit the bar, while Marc-André ter Stegen kept out Alexis Sánchez and Olivier Giroud, but the game was up, Messi making doubly sure. Barcelona march on.

Analysis from Graham Hunter at the Camp Nou

Key man: Luis Suárez
There were candidates. A host of them. Bronze probably goes to Ospina, whose save from Messi in the first half was as good as you will see this season. Perhaps a tie between Neymar and Alexis for silver. But Suárez is at the top of the podium. Besides his usual tireless work there was a first-class assist for Neymar and then, as Arsenal threatened, a Herculean mid-air volley.

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The usual suspects after Messi's strike

Tactical template
Long before the result was settled Arsène Wenger's side provided a tactical template for how teams – at least the elite clubs remaining in this competition – could test the reigning champions. They pressed high and kept a quick tempo, hustling and hassling without the ball and always quick to pass and move with it. Given their injuries, there were positives for Arsenal – and maybe others.

Barcelona's competitive spirit
Before last season's final, Luis Enrique told me that he felt the most important part of what would be a trophy treble had been the competitive atmosphere every day in training. At the weekend he said, "It doesn't matter who I turn to in my group, whoever plays is competitive." Exhibit 1: Jérémy Mathieu. In for the suspended Gerard Piqué, he played with calm authority and made two goal-saving blocks.

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Last updated: 04/04/16 10.52CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

arsenal

Arsenal

1
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
13
OspinaDavid Ospina (GK)
4
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution77
5
GabrielGabriel
Yellow Card35
5
Sergio BusquetsSergio Busquets
6
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny (C)
6
Dani AlvesDani Alves
11
ÖzilMesut Özil
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta (C)
Substitution72
17
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
Yellow Card50
9
Luis SuárezLuis Suárez
Goal65
18
MonrealNacho Monreal
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal88
20
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Yellow Card32
Substitution45
11
NeymarNeymar
Goal18
23
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
Substitution73
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
24
BellerínHéctor Bellerín
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
35
Elneny Mohamed Elneny
Goal51
24
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
45
IwobiAlex Iwobi
Substitution73

Substitutes

13
BravoClaudio Bravo (GK)
49
MaceyMatt Macey (GK)
7
Arda TuranArda Turan
Substitution77
Yellow Card79
3
GibbsKieran Gibbs
15
BartraMarc Bartra
4
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
17
El HaddadiMunir El Haddadi
12
GiroudOlivier Giroud
Substitution73
Yellow Card85
20
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
Substitution72
14
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution73
22
Aleix VidalAleix Vidal
28
CampbellJoel Campbell
23
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
34
CoquelinFrancis Coquelin
Substitution45

Coach

Luis Enrique (ESP) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Anton Averianov (RUS), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)

Fourth official

Nikolai Golubev (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Sergei Ivanov (RUS)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution