Barcelona, PSG Land In Q/Final Of Champions League

Barcelona and Paris-Saint Germain held their nerve on home soil as the pair maintained their first-leg leads to see off the challenges of Manchester City and Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League last 16.
Lionel Messi and Dani Alves both scored again as Barcelona claimed their place in the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over the English Premier League side.
The pair, who both struck in the 2-0 first-leg win, were on target in the second half at the Nou Camp as Barça completed a 4-1 aggregate win.
City were briefly level at 1-1 after a late Vincent Kompany effort but it proved mere consolation for the visitors, who had Pablo Zabaleta sent off for two bookable offences.
History repeated itself in many ways. It was not only in the identity of the Barcelona goalscorers and the City’s reduction to that the game mirrored the first encounter.
City deviated from their regular 4-4-2 formation and bulked up midfield by bringing in James Milner. But with David Silva operating behind lone striker Sergio Aguero, they acknowledged the need to attack.
An early goal would have brought them back into the tie and they started confidently. Milner broke free down the left and pulled the ball across the box for Silva but the Spaniard declined to shoot and a chance was lost.
City made a better job of breaking up Barcelona’s possession than they did in the last meeting but it was still a tough task and they conceded a number of fouls, with three yellows in the first period.
City had a scare when Messi weaved his way into the area and beat Joe Hart but he moved wide and Kompany cleared. City applied some pressure but Silva missed the target from the edge of the box.
They escaped again as Neymar deftly headed past Kolarov to open up a chance but his low shot hit the side-netting. Hart then parried a quickfire Xavi shot.

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