Luis Suarez scored twice and Gael Clichy was sent off before Lionel Messi missed a penalty in Barcelona’s 2-1 win at Manchester City.
Luis Suarez’s first-half double put Barcelona on course for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, but Joe Hart saved a last-gasp Lionel Messi penalty to keep Manchester City in the last-16 tie as the Catalan giants won 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Barca beat the Premier League champions 4-1 on aggregate in the round of 16 last year and Suarez’s first brace for the club ensured they are strong favourites to knock Manuel Pellegrini’s side out again 12 months later.
City were unable to cope with Luis Enrique’s men in the first half and could have been further behind as the attacking trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez caused all sorts of problems.
Sergio Aguero pulled a goal back in a second half in which City gave a far better account of themselves, but a fightback looked unlikely when Gael Clichy was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Messi could have given City an even bigger mountain to climb when he won a penalty into the final minute of stoppage time, only for Hart to deny the Argentina forward with a fine save.
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