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Football: Manchester City v Barcelona Champions League

Result of Champions League Last 16 first leg match between Manchester City and Barcelona on Tuesday: Manchester City (ENG) 0 Barcelona (ESP) 2 (Messi 54-pen, Alves 90) afp

Football: Barcelona, PSG take huge step towards Champions League quarters

Four-time winners Barcelona and French champions Paris Saint-Germain took huge strides towards the Champions League last eight on Tuesday as they both won away from home in their last-16, first-leg ties. Barcelona prevailed 2-0 over English side Manchester City but scoring both their goals, a penalty by Lionel Messi and a late goal by Dani Alves, only after Argentinian defender Martin Demichelis was sent off eight minutes into the second half.

Football: Barcelona edge towards last eight after 1st leg win over City

A Lionel Messi penalty and a late goal by Dani Alves gave Barcelona a 2-0 win over Manchester City in their Champions League Last 16 first leg clash in Manchester on Tuesday. Messi converted the penalty in the 54th minute after fellow Argentinian Martin Demichelis was judged to have fouled him and was sent off. Alves, who had been a constant threat throughout the game, all but sealed Barcelona's place in the last eight with a sweetly taken goal in the final minute of normal time.

Football: Messi double takes Barca back to top of La Liga

A double from Lionel Messi guided Barcelona back to the top of La Liga as they came from behind to beat Sevilla 4-1 in atrocious weather conditions on Sunday. Alberto Moreno had fired Sevilla into a deserved early lead, but Barca were level in controversial circumstances when Alexis Sanchez bundled home Messi's free-kick from an offside position. Messi then took over with a wonderful half-volley to give his side the lead at half-time.

Football: Messi double takes Barca back to top of La Liga

A double from Lionel Messi guided Barcelona back to the top of La Liga as they came from behind to beat Sevilla 4-1 in atrocious weather conditions on Sunday. Alberto Moreno had fired Sevilla into a deserved early lead, but Barca were level in controversial circumstances when Alexis Sanchez bundled home Messi's free-kick from an offside position. Messi then took over with a wonderful half-volley to give his side the lead at half-time.

Football: Valencia stun Barcelona in five-goal thriller

Valencia inflicted Barcelona's first league defeat at the Camp Nou since April 2012 as they came from behind to win 3-2 on Saturday. Alexis Sanchez had given the hosts a deserved early lead, but goals just before and after half-time from Dani Parejo and Pablo Piatti turned the game on its head. Lionel Messi quickly levelled from the penalty spot, only for Paco Alcacer to strike the winner low past Victor Valdes five minutes later. And Barca's day was summed up 13 minutes form time when Jordi Alba was sent-off for a second bookable offence.

Football: Valencia stun Barcelona in five-goal thriller

Valencia inflicted Barcelona's first league defeat at the Camp Nou since April 2012 as they came from behind to win 3-2 on Saturday. Alexis Sanchez had given the hosts a deserved early lead, but goals just before and after half-time from Dani Parejo and Pablo Piatti turned the game on its head. Lionel Messi quickly levelled from the penalty spot, only for Paco Alcacer to strike the winner low past Victor Valdes five minutes later. And Barca's day was summed up 13 minutes from time when Jordi Alba was sent-off for a second bookable offence.

Football: Messi's creativity as important as goals - Martino

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino hailed compatriot Lionel Messi's passing ability after the Catalans moved back to the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win over Malaga at the Camp Nou on Sunday. Messi's run without a goal on league duty stretched to eight games dating back to September, but after Gerard Pique had given the hosts the lead, he helped create Barca's second and third goals that were finished off by Pedro Rodriguez and Alexis Sanchez.

Football: Martino defends decision to bench Messi, Neymar

Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino said any coach would have taken the same decision as he did after leaving star forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar on the bench for his side's 0-0 draw away to Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Both Messi and Neymar were introduced after half-time, but even they couldn't find a way through Atletico's watertight defence as the stalemate leaves both sides still level on points at the top of La Liga.

Football: Can't get Messi? Sign his cousins instead

World footballer of the year Lionel Messi may be out of reach for Bahia, but the Brazilian top-flight side have signed two of his cousins instead. On Thursday, the club from Salvador de Bahia paraded new recruits, Argentine brothers Maxi and Emanuel Biancucchi, their website carrying a picture of the duo standing alongside Messi. Midfielder Emanuel, 25, spent last season with Paraguayan club Olimpia, with whom he reached the final of the Libertadores Cup, losing to Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro.
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