Arsenal have crashed out in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League for the sixth consecutive season after they were beaten 3-1 on Wednesday night by defending champions, Barcelona.
Having lost 2-0 in London during the first leg, many had already written off the Gunners before Wednesday’s second leg outing.
But even though Arsene Wenger’s team gave a better performance on the night, it was not enough to deny Barcelona their rightful place in the quarter-finals of the world’s biggest club football competition.
It was Neymar who opened the floor in the game against Arsenal at the Camp Nou. The Brazilian thus extended Barcelona’s lead in the tie to 3-0 on aggregate, giving Arsenal a mountain to climb in the second half but the Gunners fought hard and were rewarded with an equalizer six minutes after the break.
Egyptian star, Mohamed Elnenny, got the equaliser and somewhat reignited hope for the Gunners.
However, an acrobatic finish from Luis Suarez five minutes after the hour mark and a fantastic chip over Ospina by Messi with two minutes left on the clock settled matters at Camp Nou as the Catalans won 5-1 on aggregate to secure a quarter final slot for the ninth season in a row, dumping the Gunners out of the continental competition in the knockout phase for the sixth season in a row.
In the other Round of 16 tie, Bayern Munich came from behind to edge out Juventus 6-4 on aggregate and book their place in the quarter finals of the competition.
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