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Champions League LIVE! Manchester City v Barcelona


BY JAMES ORR
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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  • 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
  • AND THE SECOND HALF GETS UNDER WAY!
    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
  • PENALTY FOR BARCELONA! DEMICHELIS SENT OFF!
    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
  • BAYER LEVERKUSEN 0 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN 4
    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
  • GOAL FOR BARCELONA!
    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
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