Champions League

Messi finish sees off City

2014-02-18 23:53
Lionel Messi (AFP)

Manchester - A Lionel Messi penalty and a late goal by Dani Alves gave Barcelona a 2-0 win over Manchester City in their Champions League Last 16 first leg clash in Manchester on Tuesday.

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Messi converted the penalty in the 54th minute after fellow Argentinian Martin Demichelis was judged to have fouled him and was sent off.

Alves, who had been a constant threat throughout the game, all but sealed Barcelona's place in the last eight with a sweetly taken goal in the final minute of normal time.

City - making their first appearance at this stage of the competition after going out twice in the group stage - will travel to Barcelona in three weeks time for the second leg with it all to do.

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