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Football: Messi on target as Barcelona eliminate Man City

Published on Mar 13, 2014 5:48 AM
 
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Lionel Messi struck in the second half to end Manchester City's dreams of a famous comeback as Barcelona beat the English club 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarter-final 4-1 on aggregate.

Barca were far from their classic best which saw them lift the trophy in 2009 and 2011 but a stuttering version under Gerardo Martino who had lost two of their last three games.

Messi slotted home in the 67th minute after a mistake by Joleon Lescott, and City's night got worse when Pablo Zabaleta was sent off with a second yellow card for dissent.

The visitors scored a consolation through Vincent Kompany's tap-in in the 89th minute before Dani Alves won the game for Barca in the first minute of injury time.