Barcelona, Spain (4E Sports) – Lionel Messi and Daniel Alves scored in the second half as Barcelona clinched a spot in the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League for the seventh straight year with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City Thursday at Camp Nou.
Messi scored his eighth goal in the competition in the 67th minute before Manchester City tied the count behind Vincent Kompany’s score in the 89th minute.
However, Alves fired a late goal in stoppage time to carry Barcelona to the last eight.
“This clearly hasn’t been an easy week. Tonight we faced the best rivals we could have been drawn against and a team who could have gone further in the tournament. The game was one that needed to be overcome,” said Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino.
“Tonight they came to try and turn the situation around while we didn’t allow ourselves to feel comfortable in spite of our advantage. We suffered at times; it was predictable that City would have the ball at certain points,” he added.
With top striker Sergio Aguero out due to injury, Manchester City played with just one striker as it needed more defenders to stop Barcelona’s midfielders.
However, Pablo Zabaleta received a second yellow card in the 78th minute, reducing Manchester City to just 10 men.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain joined Barcelona in the quarterfinal after a 2-1 victory over 10-man Bayer 04 Leverkusen, completing a 6-1 aggregate win at Parc des Princes.
Sidney Sam put Leverkusen ahead in the 6th minute before Marquinhos leveled the match in the 13th minute.
Simon Rolfes had a chance to put Bayer ahead but missed a penalty kick in the 28th minute. Ezequiel Lavezzi then put the home team ahead in the 53rd minute.