Two goals from Lionel Messi steered Barcelona to a convincing 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the...
Two goals from Lionel Messi steered Barcelona to a convincing 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Messi provided a clinical finish to a breakaway move that featured strike partners Luis Suarez and Neymar in the 71st minute and then scored an 83rd minute penalty to seal the first-leg match.
The five-time world player of the year decided a game that Barcelona had dominated, without taking all the chances that came the way of its feared strike trio.
Arsenal created opportunities in both halves and looked to limit the damage against a side that its own manager Arsene Wenger described as "super favorites."
Barcelona will be confident of reaching the quarterfinals for the ninth consecutive season after the second leg on March 16 at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona had beaten Arsenal in both their previous meetings in the knockout stages, in 2010 and 2011, along with the 2006 final in Paris. Its second-half performance in London, which combined possession with dangerous counterattacks, was a potent reminder of that track record.Messi goal pic.twitter.com/drmDxAyk86— Sportive23 (@Sportive23_) February 23, 2016
Juventus came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 home draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich.
|Dybala after pulling one back for Juve|
Goals from Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben either side of half-time looked to have put Bayern in control of the tie. But Paulo Dybala pulled one back and the substitute Stefano Sturaro equalised to ensure Juventus will go into the second leg on 16 March with optimism.
The pre-match team news focused on both team’s defences, with Juve switching to a back four in the absence of Giorgio Chiellini while injury-hit Bayern paired the inexperienced Joshua Kimmich with the versatile David Alaba in the centre. The full-back Philipp Lahm made his 100th Champions League appearance.
Muller goal. pic.twitter.com/8xHTAzyCxJ— Sportive23 (@Sportive23_) February 23, 2016
Robben goal. pic.twitter.com/G0dVFwDNle— Sportive23 (@Sportive23_) February 23, 2016
Dybala goal. pic.twitter.com/X4EKKITRH8— Sportive23 (@Sportive23_) February 23, 2016
Sturaro goal for Juve. 2-2 pic.twitter.com/pxdq7QKQcl— Sportive23 (@Sportive23_) February 23, 2016