Suarez Brace Earns Barcelona Win At Man City

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.


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