Champions League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
Man City1Barcelona2

Manchester City 1-2 Barcelona

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has netted four goals in four Champions League games for Barcelona this season.
  • Suarez double on return to England
  • Aguero strike gives City hope
  • Clichy sent off for second yellow
  • Hart saves late Messi penalty

Luis Suarez marked his first return to England since a £75m summer move to Barcelona with two goals that leave Manchester City on the brink of a Champions League exit.

The former Liverpool striker demonstrated the quality the Premier League has been missing - and which defenders have been spared - with two strikes in the opening half-hour to put Barcelona in command of this last-16 first-leg tie.

City improved after the break and were rewarded with Sergio Aguero's strike but their growing momentum was halted when Gael Clichy was sent off for a second yellow card.

And even though they still face a mountainous task at the Nou Camp in the second leg on 18 March - they need to score at least twice to have a chance of progressing - they were spared an even tougher job after keeper Joe Hart saved Lionel Messi's penalty from virtually the final kick of the game.

Uruguay international Suarez preyed on the uncertainty of City captain Vincent Kompany throughout and with Messi the orchestrator, Luis Enrique's side tormented the Premier League champions in the first half.

Suarez ended this summer's World Cup in Brazil in disgrace after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini but it was not enough to dissuade Barcelona from taking him from Liverpool to La Liga and this was an illustration of exactly why, the movement and menace a familiar sight to those who had watched him terrorise opponents in the Premier League.

Luis Suarez

City manager Manuel Pellegrini will take some heart from the manner in which they created chances in the second half but in reality Barcelona are now overwhelming favourites to progress as they took advantage of the timidity of an opposition, without suspended midfield talisman Yaya Toure, who showed them far too much respect in the first 45 minutes.

Aguero's goal and Hart's save offer a lifeline but it is flimsy at best and City will need to produce a special performance in Catalonia to reach the quarter-finals.

Suarez, so often cast in the role of the Premier League's villain during his time at Anfield, was jeered when his name was read out before kick-off - but he soon turned the taunts back on his tormentors as Barcelona produced an imperious first half display.

He had already threatened before he put Barcelona ahead after 13 minutes, reacting quickly to fire a low, angled finish past Hart after Messi's cross had rebounded off Kompany.

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City's lame approach was in contrast to Pellegrini's claim that they would attack Barcelona and they were lucky not to fall further behind when a brilliant pass from Messi released Suarez in behind Kompany but Hart rescued City with a crucial block at the striker's feet.

Barcelona only ever seemed a moment away from another goal - and so it proved when Suarez pounced for his second on the half-hour, showing great instincts to turn Jordi Alba's cross at the near post.

Dani Alves sent a glancing effort off the bar before an agonising first half drew to a close for City and supporters who had suffered in silence for long periods as Barcelona went through their party pieces.

City, as they had to do, showed some attacking ambition after the restart and should have pulled a goal back when the unmarked Edin Dzeko headed straight at keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen from only six yards out.

Aguero, so industrious despite barely having any service worthy of the name, was then only inches off target as City finally looked capable of posing Barcelona problems.

The goal City had threatened finally arrived with 21 minutes remaining, Aguero taking an inventive David Silva backheel in his stride before beating Ter Stegen.

Suddenly there was hope for City, although some of that was extinguished as Clichy was sent off four minutes later after receiving a second yellow card for a mistimed challenge on Alves.

Messi had the chance to heap further punishment on City when he was fouled in the area by Pablo Zabaleta in the closing moments but Hart blocked his spot-kick and the Argentine headed wide of an open goal.

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has netted four goals in his last two games against Joe Hart
Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero has scored 11 goals in his last 10 Champions League games
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi saw his late penalty saved and then headed the rebound wide

Line-ups

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 4Kompany
  • 26Demichelis
  • 22ClichyBooked at 74mins
  • 8NasriSubstituted forFernandinhoat 62'minutes
  • 6FernandoBooked at 90mins
  • 7Milner
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forSagnaat 78'minutes
  • 10DzekoSubstituted forBonyat 68'minutes
  • 16Agüero

Substitutes

  • 3Sagna
  • 13Caballero
  • 14Bony
  • 15Jesús Navas
  • 18Lampard
  • 20Mangala
  • 25Fernandinho

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 22Dani AlvesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAdrianoat 75'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 3Piqué
  • 14Mascherano
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticBooked at 41minsSubstituted forMathieuat 71'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 9L Suárez
  • 11NeymarSubstituted forPedroat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Xavi
  • 7Pedro
  • 12Rafinha
  • 13Bravo
  • 20Sergi
  • 21Adriano
  • 24Mathieu
Referee:
Dr. Felix Brych
Attendance:
45,081

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 1, Barcelona 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Barcelona 2.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Penalty saved! Lionel Messi (Barcelona) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Barcelona. Lionel Messi draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).

Offside, Barcelona. Pedro tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

Booking

Fernando (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

Booking

Adriano (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adriano (Barcelona).

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Adriano (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro.

Hand ball by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Neymar.

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Manchester City).

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Bacary Sagna replaces David Silva.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Joe Hart.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Adriano replaces Dani Alves because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dani Alves (Barcelona) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) for a bad foul.

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gaël Clichy (Manchester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Jeremy Mathieu replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid64111431113
2Juventus631274310
3Olympiakos63031013-39
4Malmö FF6105415-113

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid66001621418
2FC Basel621378-17
3Liverpool612359-45
4Ludogorets6114514-94

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Monaco632141311
2B Leverkusen631274310
3Zenit St Petersburg621346-27
4Benfica612326-45

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund64111441013
2Arsenal6411158713
3Anderlecht6132810-26
4Galatasaray6015419-151

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich65011641215
2Man City62229818
3Roma6123814-65
4CSKA Moscow6123613-75

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona65011551015
2PSG6411107313
3Ajax6123810-25
4Apoel Nicosia6015112-111

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea64201731414
2Schalke6222914-58
3Sporting6213121207
4NK Maribor6033413-93

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto64201641214
2Shakhtar Donetsk6231154119
3Ath Bilbao621356-17
4BATE Borisov6105224-223
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