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Champions League LIVE! Barcelona v Manchester City



BY JAMES ORR


by j.orr

Welcome to the Independent's live coverage of this vital Champions League last-16 second-leg fixture between Barcelona and Manchester City at the Nou Camp.
  • If City's task is near impossible tonight, what does that make Bayer Leverkusen's? The German side have a four goal deficit to overcome against PSG.

    The French champions are not holding back either. Ibrahimovic, Cavani and Lavezzi all start in Paris. Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti are both missing through injury.

    Bayer have dropped Stefan Kiesling and made five changes from the first leg.
    3/12/2014 7:11:52 PM
  • Just the 25 minutes to go at the Nou Camp now...and the excitement builds at the grand stadium. Both sets of players being put through their paces.
    3/12/2014 7:21:30 PM
  • Still a somewhat confused reaction to the inclusion of Milner it seems...


    3/12/2014 7:23:56 PM


  • 3/12/2014 7:28:21 PM
  • Just in case you are not aware of the enormity of City's task tonight:

    3/12/2014 7:33:07 PM
  • Barcelona players in a determined huddle on the Nou Camp pitch during their warm up. A defeat tonight and it would be three losses in their last four matches. Are the club, dare I say it, on the brink of a crisis?
    3/12/2014 7:35:55 PM
  • Just the five minutes until kick-off...soon the sound of the stirring Champions League anthem will fill the players' ears. But will it be the last time City's team will be listening to it this season?
    3/12/2014 7:40:31 PM
  • 3/12/2014 7:44:12 PM
  • Manuel Pellegrini has to watch from the stands as he sits out the first game of his two-match Uefa ban. But at least tonight he is wearing a suit, and not this untidy get-up from the weekend...
    3/12/2014 7:44:24 PM
  • And there it is. The anthem reverberates as the players stand braced for battle on the pitch. Kick-off just a minute away. I hope you are all sitting tight.
    3/12/2014 7:46:15 PM
  • 2 min: And we begin. City get us started, using the space of the vast Nou Camp pitch. The deadly Silva picks up the ball on the outside of the box, but he can't get a shot away in  time.
    3/12/2014 7:50:01 PM
  • 3 min: Encouraging start by City. Iniesta closed down by Fernandinho. What a big part the Brazilian enforcer could play tonight.
    3/12/2014 7:51:35 PM
  • 4 min: Aguero charges on forward, holding off his countryman Messi, no less, who has tracked back. But eventually Barca snuff out the danger.
    3/12/2014 7:52:27 PM
  • 4 min: Cynical foul there by Lescott, who takes out Messi before he can move up to another gear. He avoids an early booking, but the referee will remember this.
    3/12/2014 7:53:55 PM
  • 90 min: Iniesta is through, he dribbles past Hart, and passes to Alves to strike into a goal with three City players on the line. They cannot stop it and that's it. Game, set, and, er, match.
    3/12/2014 9:37:03 PM
  • FT: It's all over. A deserved victory for Barcelona, against a City side who again have a player sent off. Pellegrini's dreams of a Quadruple ended last week, and now there is no chance of a Treble. But the Double certainly remains a possibility to inspire the side for the rest of the season. For Barca - crisis, what crisis? They march on to the quarter-finals.
    3/12/2014 9:40:54 PM
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