Paris: Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain suffered few problems in reaching the quarter-finals of this season’s competition. Barcelona beat Manchester City, who had Pablo Zabaleta sent off, 2-1 last night for a 4-1 aggregate victory. While Barcelona’s win saw them join domestic rivals Atletico Madrid in the last eight, City became the second English side in two nights to bow out, Arsenal having exited on Tuesday.
Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Barca with his eighth Champions League goal of the campaign before Vincent Kompany levelled just before the final whistle.But there was still time for Dani Alves to strike the winner as Barcelona qualified for the quarter-finals for the seventh successive season. While victory will ease the pressure on Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino, defeat for City will increase demands for manager Manuel Pelligrini to deliver the Premier League title, as this latest setback came four days after they were knocked out of the domestic FA Cup by second tier Wigan. —AFP