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Messi Raises The Roof As Man City Bow Out – Wednesday’s Champions League

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A constant threat | Hart & Lescott had to endure Messi consistently bearing down on goal

A constant threat | Hart & Lescott had to endure Messi consistently bearing down on goal

Lionel Messi eased the tension at Barcelona to knock Manchester City out of the Champions League, while Paris Saint Germain saw off Bayer Leverkusen to seal a quarter-final berth It looked like a formality for both home teams ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clashes and that is exactly how it transpired as Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona both won 2-1 at home to book their places in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Expectations were high ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League second leg clash against Manchester City Manuel Pellegrini had to make do with a seat in the stands for Man City’s second leg at the Camp Nou Sidney Sam headed Bayer Leverkusen into an early lead at Parc des Princes against Paris Saint-Germain Brazilian defender Marquinhos replied with a header of his own on 13 minutes to level the game The equaliser made it 5-1 to PSG on aggregate and ended any prospect of a Leverkusen comeback Simon Rolfes saw his 28th minute penalty saved, denying Bayer Leverkusen a much-needed goal Manuel Pellegrini’s assistant Ruben Cousillas orchastrated from the touchline Joleon Lescott threw himself into a challenge on Neymar, stopping the Brazilian in full flight One of Man City’s few chances came from a neat David Silva backheel but Nasri’s shot came to nothing There was a lot of focus on Sergio Aguero before k!ck-off but injury forced him off at half-time PSG took a 2-1 lead when Ezequiel Lavezzi side footed home from close range on 53 minutes The deadlock was broken on 67 minutes when Lionel Messi capitalised on a Lescott error There was only ever one outcome, the Barcelona talisman chipped the ball past Joe Hart to make it 1-0 The agony is felt by Pablo Zabaleta as Manchester City’s Champions League dream slipped away To rub salt into the wound, Edin Dzeko is denied a clear penalty after being tripped by Gerard Pique Manchester City are reduced to 10-men following Pablo Zabaleta’s penalty protestations Man City pull a goal back but in the 90th minute Barcelona snatch a winner through Dani Alves Alves celebrates after making it 2-1 on the night Down and out – Manchester City are left to again ponder what might have been The post Messi raises the roof as City bow out – Wednesday’s Champions League in pics appeared first on GISTVIBE .

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