Champions League LIVE! Manchester City v Barcelona - Live coverage - The Independent

Champions League LIVE! Manchester City v Barcelona

by j.orr

The Champions League is back! And what a return we have in store for you tonight - Manchester City in uncharted territory against the Spanish giants Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium in the Champions League last 16 first-leg.

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  • At a glance:
    • Manchester City 0 Barcelona 2 (Messi pen, Alves) FT
    • Demichelis was sent off for foul on Messi to concede the penalty
    • Fernandinho returned to start for City
    • Bayer Leverkusen 0 PSG 4 FT
    2/18/2014 7:02:43 PM
  • The teams are out, and City will be buoyed by the return of their influential midfielder Fernandinho, who has been out for nearly three weeks with an ankle injury.

    He'll be up against Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi, who all start for Barca.

    Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Navas, Toure, Fernandinho, Kolarov, Silva, Negredo

    Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, J.Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Cesc, Alexis, Messi and Iniesta

    Read the full team news article HERE:
    2/18/2014 7:17:24 PM
  • There is just one club in Manchester and it's ours

    Manuel Pellegrini has come out all guns firing ahead of the match, read the full article HERE
    2/18/2014 7:25:07 PM
  • Are Manchester City better equipped to defeat Barcelona than any other English club? Read Sam Wallace's preview HERE
    2/18/2014 7:27:59 PM
  • However, Neymar, who starts tonight's match from the bench, reckons that City are still some way behind Barca..

    I think the reality is that Manchester City are still a long way behind Barcelona

    Read the full article HERE
    2/18/2014 7:32:31 PM
  • The teams emerge from the tunnel...only minutes now until kick-off at the Etihad!
    2/18/2014 7:43:44 PM

  • 3 mins: Comfortable passing from the Spaniards, they could knock it around all day. City finally get a touch after Fernandinoho's block. Alexis is tackled by Demichelis to concede a corner, which is cleared with ease.
    2/18/2014 7:50:59 PM
  • In tonight's other match, in Germany, Blaise Matuidi has opened the scoring for PSG at Bayer Leverkusen, now managed of course by the former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia.
    2/18/2014 7:53:34 PM
  • 8 mins: A burst from Fabregas looks to get Barca on the attack, but he is dealt with well by Toure. Back to keep-ball from the Catalans, so patient in their approach..and also so in control.
    2/18/2014 7:55:03 PM
  • 11 mins: After seemingly an age of Barcelona possession, the much-maligned Demichelis tackles Messi to win the ball, he looks to start City on the counter-attack, but his pass can't find it's target of Negredo.
    2/18/2014 7:58:02 PM
  • 13 mins: More quick and incisive passing from the La Liga giants, Fabregas to Iniesta then Back to Fabregas again, who looks up and crosses for Alexis, but his ball goes wide of the mark.
    2/18/2014 7:59:40 PM
  • 15 mins: Demichelis charges forward to break up the Barca attack again. A long ball from Toure looks to find Negredo, who pulls the ball down from the sky, but is then hurried by Mascherano, who wins back possession. City looking to use the route one approach for the second  time tonight.
    2/18/2014 8:02:23 PM
  • 17 mins: Toure, against his former team, looks to get a foothold in the game for City, he wins possession, fires it to the wing, but eventually the move comes to nothing. Encouraging from the Ivorian powerhouse.
    2/18/2014 8:04:22 PM
  • 19 mins: CHANCE FOR CITY! Silva turns and quickly puts Negredo in on goal. At an awkward angle from the right of the area, Negredo holds of Pique, and looks to dink the ball over Valdes, but his effort rolls across goal and can't find the target. The striker, affectionately known as "The Best" to the Etihad faithful, already looks a handful tonight.
    2/18/2014 8:07:42 PM
  • How the Twittersphere reacted to that chance..

    2/18/2014 8:08:52 PM
  • 24 mins: Fabregas concedes a free-kick from a tempting angle from the left hand side for Silva to whip a ball in...
    2/18/2014 8:09:53 PM
  • 25 mins:...and Valdes misses the ball at the first attempt, but he recovers to smoother it after it bounces free. The majority of the 21 other players to look to jump on it it the box, creating a chaotic scene, but the 'keeper prevails in the end.
    2/18/2014 8:12:11 PM
  • 27 mins: Fernandinho shows exactly why he is so integral to this City team by winning the ball from Iniesta to set up Negredo to take a shot from outside the area, but "The Beast" hits it straight at Valdes.
    2/18/2014 8:13:48 PM
  • 29 mins: Now it's time for Barca to attack. And it's those two Iniesta and Fabreags again, taking the ball on a merry dance through the City midfield before Demichelis steps in.
    2/18/2014 8:15:58 PM
  • 30 mins: Half an hour played, and the Argentinian maestro Messi finally gets a sniff. The ball rebounds to him on the edge of the area, but his effort is rushed, and his shot does not trouble Hart, flying over the City goal.
    2/18/2014 8:17:38 PM
  • 31 mins: But it's not long before Hart is called into action, Xavi smashes an effort from long range, but the England No 1 handles well.
    2/18/2014 8:19:00 PM
  • 35 mins: Beginning to get rather prickly at the Etihad, Kompany's foul on Xavi concedes a free-kick. Messi steps over the ball from 35 yards out, but hits it straight into the wall.
    2/18/2014 8:21:25 PM
  • That Barcelona dominance in numbers?
    They have had 71% of the possession so far in the first half.
    2/18/2014 8:22:53 PM
    PSG win the penalty...and it's  stroked into the corner by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Great start for the Ligue 1 side in Germany.
    2/18/2014 8:25:35 PM
  • 40 mins: Five minutes remain in the first half, with City still desperately trying to find some kind of passing rhythm against Barca, who have passed the ball around with such ease at the Etihad, making the stadium look like a home away from home.
    2/18/2014 8:28:28 PM
    PSG looking to put the tie to bed in the first leg. It's that man Ibrahimovic again...with an absolute rocket.
    2/18/2014 8:29:59 PM
  • 44 mins: Navas finds some space and crosses for Negredo, he meets the ball in the box but heads wide. A quick blast of attack on the stroke of half-time to worry Barca. Pellegrini will be wishing for more of the same in the second half against their dominant opponents
    2/18/2014 8:32:13 PM
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  • Spot the ball: Valdes makes amends after his initial fumble

    2/18/2014 8:44:31 PM
  • Negredo beats Valdes..but can't find the target

    2/18/2014 8:45:21 PM
    2/18/2014 8:46:22 PM
  • 48 mins: Positive start to the second period from City, keeping possession well while trying to put Negredo through at any opportunity. Already they are quicker to pressurise Barca, who will look to carry on from where they left off.
    2/18/2014 8:50:30 PM
  • 50 mins: Barca's passing move is broken up by Toure. He's come firing out the blocks after the break. But the Spaniards win back possession...
    2/18/2014 8:53:23 PM
    2/18/2014 8:53:58 PM
  • 52 mins: Iniesta puts through Messi, he's clean through on goal, and that man, Demichelis sticks a leg out to bring down the forward. The challenge started outside the area, but the contact looked to be inside the box.
    2/18/2014 8:55:36 PM
  • 54 mins: GOAL FOR BARCELONA!
    2/18/2014 8:55:59 PM
  • 54 mins: Messi, who was fouled by Demichelis for the penalty. Steps up..and sends Hart the wrong way. Calm as you like.
    2/18/2014 8:57:00 PM
  • 57 mins: Barcelona begin to turn the screw over 10-man City, and Pellegrini won't stand for this for much longer. He makes a double change - Nasri for Navas and Lescott for Kolarov.
    2/18/2014 9:00:16 PM
  • 60 mins: Barca sense blood. The La Liga side have hardly afforded City a touch of the ball since the goal. Xavi sends over a free-kick from a inviting position on the left-hand side, but Hart charges out of his goal to catch.
    2/18/2014 9:03:11 PM
  • 62 mins: What was that about hardly affording a touch? Delightful move from City, Negredo's flick of the heel finds substitute Nasr, but his shot is blocked by Pique
    2/18/2014 9:04:44 PM
  • Demichelis fouls Messi, who is through on goal...

    2/18/2014 9:06:37 PM
  • And the Argentinian is given his marching orders...

    2/18/2014 9:07:16 PM
  • Messi celebrates his penalty after sending Hart the wrong way

    2/18/2014 9:07:46 PM
  • 67 mins: A rapid one-two with Alexis and Alves powers through on goal, he smashes it across goal but it goes wide. Incisive move from Barca.
    2/18/2014 9:09:55 PM
  • 69 mins: Clichy rampages forward and creates some space in the box, but his tame cross is gobbled up by Valdes.The left-back should have done better there
    2/18/2014 9:12:15 PM
  • 73 mins: And it's the third and final change for City. Dzeko comes on for "The Beast". For Barca, Brazil forward Neymar replaces Alexis. Last throw of the dice for Pellegrini...
    2/18/2014 9:16:15 PM
  • 76 mins: CHANCE FOR CITY!
    Zabaleta cushions a long pass into the path of Silva, who chests the ball and then shoots in a continuous movement. What a goal that would have been had it came off.
    2/18/2014 9:19:11 PM
  • FINAL 10 MINUTES: Can 10-man City get something out of this? The side looking more threatening since the arrivals of Nasri and Dzeko.
    2/18/2014 9:21:08 PM
  • 81 mins: Sublime through ball from Xavi plays in Fabregas, he looks up and squares it to Pique to tap to make it 2-0...but the former Arsenal man was offside and it was disallowed. A rapid break from Barca.
    2/18/2014 9:23:17 PM
    Former Newcastle playmaker Cabaye makes it four, massive ask for Leverkusen to recover from this in the second leg.
    2/18/2014 9:30:39 PM
    2/18/2014 9:31:10 PM
  • 89 mins: Heartbreak for City. Neymar  passes to the marauding right-back Alves, who coolly slots the ball through the legs of Hart. A tough task in the second leg at the Nou Camp has just got close to impossible.
    2/18/2014 9:33:17 PM
  • FULL-TIME: And it's all over at the Etihad Stadium, while City attacked in bursts, Barca were dominant throughout. Will it be mission impossible for City to progress from the Nou Camp in three weeks time?
    2/18/2014 9:39:02 PM
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