UCL recap, highlights: Barcelona Put 10-Men City In Hole, Ibrahimovic leads PSG over Leverkusen

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Things didn’t go quite as planned in Manchester City’s first ever foray into the Champions League knockout round. They will now have to turnaround a 2-0 deficit when they play the reverse fixture at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona dominated possession as they often do, but couldn’t find a breakthrough until after the half. An already suspect Martin Demichelis brought down Lionel Messi just outside of the box. The City defender was shown red and the ref judged Messi in the area. The Argentine great converted his penalty to give the visitors the lead. While there is no doubt that Demichelis should have been dismissed from the match, awarding the penalty will continue to draw scrutiny heading into the second leg.

Another controversial moment occured as a second Barcelona goal was ruled offside. Xavi found Cesc Fabregas with a through ball. Fabregas then slotted his attempt across the box to Gerard Pique for the finish. Fabregas was ruled offside and the goal was nullified.

In the end, the omitted goal didn’t matter with the visiting side still able to double their lead in the game’s dying moments. Dani Alves found space in the box and fired his shot into the opposite corner giving Barcelona a two-goal advantage.

The result ends up a little harsh on City, who played valiantly, especially after being reduced to 10-men. Although City couldn’t find a goal of their own, there were positives for the Manchester side. However, that won’t offer much solace as they face an uphill battle to get back in the tie when the teams face off in Catalonia on Wednesday, March 12th.

Here are the match highlights:

Other Champs League Results

1. Ibrahimovic’s Star Shines Again– Paris St. Germain left little doubt that they will advance to the next round of the Champions League thanks to their star player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

PSG found the back of the net early and often against Bayer Leverkusen. Blaise Matudi opened up the scoring at the three-minute mark. Then, controversy ensued for their second. Ezequial Lavezzi was ruled to have his shirt pulled. Maxwell cut the ball into the box, and amid some contact between Emir Spahic and Lavezzi, a penalty was ruled which Ibrahimovic converted.

It was the Swedish forward providing another moment of magic to put the visitors ahead by three goals. Ibrahimovic fired a shot from the top of the 18-yard box with his left foot, straight into the top corner three minutes from halftime.

For Leverkausen, it didn’t get much better. Spahic received a second yellow card and was given his marching orders in the 59th minute. PSG remained in control and added one final goal through Yohan Cabaye in the 88th, all but securing his sides place in the next round.

Here are the match highlights (and an unbelievable Ibrahimovic goal at the 2:30 mark):


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