Sport Football Barcelona into Champions League quarters

Barcelona into Champions League quarters

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Barcelona cruised into the Champions League quarter-finals with a comfortable victory over Manchester City on Wednesday.

The Catalan giants won their last 16, second leg clash 2-1 to complete a 4-1 aggregate victory as City, just as in the first leg, had a player sent off, this time full-back Pablo Zabaleta.

Lionel Messi gave the hosts a second half lead before City captain Vincent Kompany equalised a minute from time, only for Dani Alves to snatch an injury time winner.

The 2009 and 2011 champions thus joined holders Bayern Munich, compatriots Atletico Madrid and French giants Paris Saint-Germain as the first four quarter-finalists.

French champions Paris Saint Germain reached the last eight for the second successive season with a 2-1 win over German side Bayer Leverkusen in their last 16 second leg to win 6-1 on aggregate.

Leverkusen led briefly on the night through Sidney Sam but goals by Marquinhos and Ezequiel Lavezzi gave PSG victory and kept alive their hopes of becoming only the second French side to win the European Cup/Champions League after Marseille in 1993.

The visitors – for whom Simon Rolfes had a penalty saved by Salvatore Sirigu – ended the match with 10 men as Emre Can was sent off for a second bookable offence.