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Champions League: Classy Barcelona take edge; Ibrahimovic sizzles for PSG

February 19, 2014 08:35 IST

Champions League: Classy Barcelona take edge; Ibrahimovic sizzles for PSG

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Barcelona and Paris St Germain claimed impressive victories at Manchester City and Bayer Leverkusen respectively in the first legs of their Champions League last 16 ties on Tuesday.

Spanish champions Barca beat 10-man City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium, while PSG cruised to a 4-0 win against a stunned Bayer Leverkusen side who also had a player sent off.


Image: Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, celebrates after scoring a penalty past Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Photographs: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

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Lionel Messi converted a 54th minute penalty to put Barcelona 1-0 up after City defender Martin Demichelis was sent off for a last-man tackle on the Argentine.

Barca defender Dani Alves then wrapped up the win by sliding the ball through goalkeeper Joe Hart's legs in the 90th.


Image: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates scoring the opening goal from a penalty
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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At the Bayer Arena, PSG were barely troubled by a disappointing Leverkusen, romping to a three-goal halftime lead with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring twice.

Blaise Matuidi opened the scoring in the third minute, but it was Ibrahimovic who stole the show with a penalty in the 39th minute and a superb shot into the top corner before the break.

Bayer defender Emir Spahic was dismissed just before the hour mark after picking up a second yellow card and PSG's latest recruit Yohan Cabaye rounded off the victory in the 88th minute.


Image: Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic,right, jumps and kicks a corner flag as he celebrates scoring.
Photographs: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

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