Spanish giants, Barcelona, and French side, Paris Saint Germain, Wednesday night confirmed their places in the quarter finals of the UEFA champions League after recording victories over Manchester City and Bayern Leverkusen respectively.
The qualification of both teams came as no surprise following the away wins posted by the two sides in the reverse fixture.
Barcelona who had defeated Manchester City 2-0 in England completed the job at the Nou Camp with another 2-1 victory to take the aggregate scoreline to 4-1.
After playing over an hour of football with no goals to show, it was Argentine star Lionel Messi who finally broke the deadlock in the 67th minute when he latched on to a loose ball inside the box before lifting his shot over goalkeeper Hart and into the far corner.
Manchester City’s misery was compounded with just over 10 minutes of the match remaining as they were reduced to 10 men for the second consecutive Champions League match when Zabaleta was shown a second yellow for dissent.
The visitors did get a late equaliser when Vincent Kompany tapped in from close range following a corner that the hosts failed to deal with.
However, Barcelona responded with a second goal of their own to clinch the victory on the night. Andres Iniesta set up Dani Alves to apply the finish.
In the other game, PSG who already had a convincing win from the first leg away in Germany defeated Leverkusen 2-1 on the night to also ease through to the quarter finals.
Four teams have now secured berths in the last eight. They are: Barcelona and PSG from today’s game and the duo of Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid from Tuesday’s games.
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