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Messi opens scoring as Barca advance in Champions League

Messi celebrates after opening the scoring against Manchester City
Argentina captain Lionel Messi added to his Champions League tally with the first goal in Barcelona's 2-1 win over Manchester City this evening, sending the Spanish champions through the quarter-finals with a comfortable 4-1 aggregate victory.

Having previously hit the post as the second leg in the Camp Nou remained deadlocked, it was Messi who found a way through the City defence with just over an hour played.

The No. 10 enjoyed some good fortune with a kind deflection that left him on goal, and finished delightfully to put Barcelona ahead.

Manchester City, coached by Chilean Manuel Pellegrini and down to 10 men thanks to Pablo Zabaleta's expulsion, hit back late in the game with a goal from Vincent Kompany, but needing two more strikes the Citizens were already well out of contention.

Brazilian Dani Alves nevertheless stepped up to give Barcelona victory on the night, hitting the net in injury time.

In the evening's other tie, Paris St Germain sailed into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 6-1 aggregate win over Bayer Leverkusen.

The French champions won 2-1 at the Parc des Princes having thrashed the German side 4-0 in the last-16 first leg, with Marquinhos and Argentina international Ezequiel Lavezzi wiping out the visitors' early strike by Sidney Sam.

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