June 19, 2013
Barcelona in Champion's League quarterfinals courtesy of Messi
Barcelona beat Arsenal 3-1 and qualified to Champion's League quarterfinals. Argentine Lionel Messi scored two goals. The Spanish team, the favourites to lift the European Cup at Wembley in May, overcame a 2-1 first-leg deficit to beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Nou Camp for a nerve-wracking 4-3 aggregate win.
Barcelona dominated the first half and took the lead through Lionel Messi in stoppage time, before an own goal from Sergio Busquets following an Arsenal corner put the visitors ahead on aggregate after 53 minutes.
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie was sent off for a second yellow card after 56 minutes before Xavi (69th) and Messi, with an audacious penalty two minutes later, gave Barca a 3-1 win as they knocked out Arsenal for the second successive season.