Barcelona and PSG advance in 2014 UCL

Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014 11:37 AM by Shane Barrow

Manchester City faced an almost impossible task Wednesday as they had to travel to Spain and overturn a two goal deficit at Camp Nou.  In the end it was just too tall an order and Barcelona claimed a 2-1 victory to seal a 4-1 aggregate win.

Barcelona played the match very safely.  Opting for possession over attack for much of the opening half.  Towards the end of the 45 Both Messi and Neymar created chances. But at the whistle they were quite happy with the scoreless halftime score that protected their 2-0 aggregate lead.

When Lionel Messi pounced on a missed clearance attempt from Jolene Lescott the match was all but over.  Barcelona had the 1-0 lead and for City there was just no way back.  A late goal from Vincent Kompany was not much more than a consolation and even that was cancelled out in injury time as Dani Alves struck on the counter providing the 2-1 final.

In the other match of the day Paris St Germain again showed their class as they rounded out their 6-2 aggregate win over Bayern Leverkeusen with a 2-1 win.  There was no drama here at all as PSG opened the game with a healthy 4-0 aggregate lead from the first leg.  Despite an early goal from Sidney Sam PSG were never troubled.

Goals from Marquinhos and Ezequiel Lavezzi flipped the score and gave PSG the 2-1 win on the day.  PSG will certainly need to be taken seriously as the tournament progress.  With the class of Ibrahimovic they will always be dangerous.