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Suarez brace gives Barcelona narrow lead as Hart keeps City in the tie

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An incredible game of football at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night had all the drama one can expect from the UEFA Champions League and more as Barcelona take a 2-1 lead into the second leg of their tie against Manchester City.

Barcelona were irresistible in the first half and were duly rewarded with a 2-0 half-time lead as Luis Suarez celebrated his return to English soil by grabbing a brace. His first of the night came in the 16th minute as an unfortunate ricochet at the back presented the ball to the Uruguayan, who finished with aplomb.

Joe Hart did brilliantly to come out to Suarez's feet to deny him a second moments later, but the former Liverpool star did get on the scoresheet again as he timed his run into the six yard box to perfection to meet Jordi Alba's pinpoint pass, which somehow evaded a horde of City defenders.

Man City were barely in the running in the first half and had to wait for injury time to get their first shot on goal as Samir Nasri's goal bound effort was punched away by Ter Stegen.

City played a much better brand of football in the second half and won plenty of corners which they should have taken better advantage off, given their obvious size. Edin Dzeko wasted a golden chance from point blank range, while Martin Demichelis also should have done better with a header that came his way.

City did finally get a goal back as Sergio Aguero showed greater desire to get to a ball as it broke for him in the Barcelona box and finished with precision.

Man City were finally playing the better football as Barca appeared to be running out of steam, but a second yellow card for Gael Clichy reduced the Citizens to 10-men and with it went City's momentum.

Barcelona should have made the tie safe when Pablo Zabaleta brought down Lionel Messi inside the box deep in injury time, but Joe Hart guessed right to save Messi's penalty, and then the little Argentine missed a tap in as the ball came right back to him and he attempted a diving header and the ball skewed off target.

It was a huge reprieve for City, who are somehow still in this tie, but with the lead and two away goals, Barcelona will surely be favourites to advance to the last 8.


Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy (sent off 74'), Fernando, Milner, Nasri (Fernandinho 62'), Silva (Sagna 78'), Dzeko (Bony 68'), Aguero

Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Alves (Adriano 75'), Rakitic (Mathieu 71'), Sergio, Iniesta, Suarez, Messi, Neymar (Pedro 80')

Final Score: Manchester City 1-2 Barcelona (Suarez 16' 30', Aguero 69')