Manchester City 0 - 2 Barcelona

Match info: Champions League - 1st KO Rnd at Etihad Stadium

Date: 18/02/2014 KO: 19:45 Ref: J Eriksson Att: 47,726

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Man City



Dani Alves 90
Lionel Messi 54 (pen)

FT (ht: 0-0)

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  • Man City 0 Barcelona 2. All over and the visitors head home with a commanding first leg lead in this last 16 encounter. City now have a mountain to climb.

  • Oles from the away support. City fans silent. This isn't what they were hoping for tonight. It was all going so well under Demichelis saw red.

  • Neymar looking for a third. He tees up Messi on the edge of the box. The ball gets caught under his feet and he can't get any power into a shot which fails to trouble Hart.

  • Game over and could be tie over for City.

  • GOAL BARCELONA - ALVES. A late sting in the tail as the visitors double their lead. Alves has kept on breaking down the right and this time he exchanges passes with Neymar and threads the ball through the legs of Hart.

  • Sergi Roberto moves down the left, checks his run and plays backwards. Barca happy to keep the ball and run down the clock. They have their away goal.

  • Silva sends over the corner, but it is dealt with by the first man. Nasri with a very ambitious effort which sails towards the corner flag, but is kept in play by Toure. Zabaleta can cross towards Dzeko, but his nod down won't drop for Silva inside the box.

  • Dzeko gathers with his back to goal, and is forced to play the way he is facing. Kompany lumps forward again and City have numbers attacking. Cross from the right from Silva has Valdes troubled, and he touches behind for a corner.

  • Neymar flagged offside, allowing Barca to make their latest change. Fabregas' return to English soil is over as he is the one to make way for Sergi Roberto.

  • Whistle goes, but Dzeko doesn't know that. He was pulled up for a nudge on the shoulder of Pique. It allowed the ball to loop through to him and he was one-on-one with Valdes. He couldn't force the ball through the Barca keeper anyway.

  • Clichy with a heavy touch and sees the ball run out of play. He's done a lot of running tonight, but has also been poor at times and done his side few favours. Nasri now hounding Alba and winning the ball back.

  • Busquets down and looking for some sympathy, of which he gets very little from the home support. City trying to counter, but Pique can keep Dzeko in check.

  • City will feel that 1-0 isn't a bad result with 10 men and know they will head to the Nou Camp still very much in the tie. Pressure will be all on Barca on home soil and that could work in their favour.

  • Ball in the net but it won't count. Great football again from Barca. Xavi shapes to shoot, but rolls a pass into Fabregas. Hart dives out to meet him and the ex-Arsenal man squares for Pique to roll home. Fabregas was, however, offside when he collected the ball.

  • Dzeko has to pull wide and slow the move down as he waits for support. The second wave arrives. Toure floats the ball into the box for Nasri, but he can't beat Pique in the air. City then shoot themselves in the foot as Lescott plays a sloppy back-pass towards Hart and behind for a corner.

  • City trying their best to get on the ball and pose an attacking threat of their own. They have shown that Barca can be caught napping. Fernandinho now leading a charge.

  • Neymar in behind Clichy and has open field to run into. He is very quick, but not quick enough to catch up with a wayward pass.

  • Zabaleta picked up bombing down the right. He controls the ball into the path of Silva, who controls on his chest and strikes with his right boot. Smart low stop from Valdes. City almost level.

  • Mascherano has his name taken. Typically robust challenge from the Argentine in an area of the field in which he needed to just stand Fernandinho up and halt him in his tracks.

  • Neymar involved immediately, as a run takes him through the box. City can force him backwards, and are then relieved to see the flag go up as Fabregas ghosts in behind. Hart was there to close him down.


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