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Suárez at the double as Barcelona win at City

Manchester City FC 1-2 FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez struck two goals in the opening half-hour but Sergio Agüero's reply and Lionel Messi's last-gasp penalty miss gave City hope.

Suárez at the double as Barcelona win at City
Suárez at the double as Barcelona win at City ©UEFA.com

Luis Suárez strikes twice in the opening 30 minutes on his return to north-west England
Sergio Agüero's sixth UEFA Champions League goal of the season throws City lifeline
Gaël Clichy sent off 17 minutes from time after second yellow card
Lionel Messi has added-time penalty saved and heads rebound wide
The second leg is on 18 March, with the quarter-final draw two days later

Luis Suárez marked his return to the happy hunting grounds of north-west England with two goals in the first half-hour but Manchester City FC dramatically kept alive their quarter-final hopes.

FC Barcelona threatened to run away with this UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie after former Liverpool FC forward Suárez's devastating opening double salvo. Instead, City shored things up and Sergio Agüero's fine strike midway through the second half means they are not out of this yet. The English side, though, were equally indebted to Joe Hart's last-gasp penalty save from Lionel Messi as they finished with ten men.

City were certainly not backward about coming forwards, with Manuel Pellegrini opting for an attack-minded lineup. Fortune, they say, favours the brave. Not here though. With 16 minutes gone Suárez attempted to flick on a fairly innocuous ball from the right; it took a lucky bounce off Vincent Kompany, landed straight back at the striker's feet, and he lashed in the sort of deadly finish he became famous for down the road.