PSG and Barca prevail away in UCL

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Updated: February 19, 2014

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Barcelona and PSG both registered crucial away wins in the first leg of their last 16 ties of the Champions League last night.

Barca controlled the game superbly against a 10 man Manchester City to win 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium while PSG routed Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 which included another wonder strike by superb Swede Ibrahimovic.

In  Manchester it took until the 54th minute for the Catalan giants to break the deadlock through a Messi penalty. The Argentine broke City’s last line of defence and looked certain to score until Demichelis brought him down on the edge of the box.

Dani Alves who had been causing City no end of problems down the right flank finished things off for the visitors with a superb second goal in the 90th minute to give Barca what looks to be a quarterfinal spot although Pelligrini will note that Valencia have put 3 past the Catalans this season at the Camp Nou.

In Germany PSG were barely troubled as they eased to a 3-0 lead at the half. Blaise Matuidi opened the scoring with Ibrahimovic then helping himself to a brace including a spectacular strike into the top corner.

Yohan Cabaye added a fourth in the dying minutes of the game to finish the rout.

Tonight’s action sees Diego Simeone take his Athletico Madrid back to the San Siro were he spent most of his successful playing career while Arsenal host a rampant Bayern Munich who have yet to lose in the Bundesliga this season.