Barca ride on Suarez double to sink City

Barca ride on Suarez double to sink City

Juventus edge past Dortmund to stay ahead

Barca ride on Suarez double to sink City

Manchester City suffered from deja vu as Luis Suarez’s double gave Barcelona a 2-1 first leg lead in a Champions League last 16 tie at the Etihad although Lionel Messi's late penalty miss left the door ajar on Tuesday.

In a repeat of last season's round of 16 first leg at the Etihad, Barcelona were too slick for the hosts in a mesmerising opening period with Uruguay forward Suarez firing them in front in the 16th minute and doubling the lead after half an hour.

Sergio Aguero rewarded City for a vastly improved second half showing with a clinical strike 20 minutes from time.

But with City down to 10 men after Gael Clichy's red card for a second booking, the majestic Messi had the chance to restore Barcelona's two-goal lead but his penalty was saved by Joe Hart and the Argentine headed the rebound wide.

City midfielder Samir Nasri said in the build-up that while Messi played football from a different galaxy, the rest of Barca's squad shared the same planet as City's.

It did not look like it in a horribly one-sided first half in which Barcelona's entire ensemble were light years ahead in speed and movement.

Messi, rejuvenated since his reported spat with manager Luis Enrique at the start of the year, was at the heart of Barca's rapier thrusts.

But it was Suarez, whose goals, bites and misplaced words made his time at Liverpool nothing if not compelling, who returned to cast his spell over English football.

It was his brace for Uruguay in June that all but banished England from the World Cup and this time his predatory instincts left City staring at another early exit from Europe.

In the 16th minute Messi's ball in hit City skipper Vincent Kompany on the back and dropped at the feet of Suarez to drill a low shot past the stranded Hart.

The England keeper must be sick of the sight of Suarez and he was beaten again after 30 minutes when Messi mesmerised countryman Pablo Zabaleta and dinked a pass to Jordi Alba whose low cross was touched in by the sliding Uruguayan.

However, Barca were caught snoozing at the start of the second half and Javier Mascherano had to make a superb tackle to deny Nasri before unmarked City striker Edin Dzeko headed straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

City's endeavour was rewarded when Aguero, whose hat-trick against Bayern Munich in the group stage helped City mount a great escape into the last 16, clipped a shot past ter Stegen after brilliant work from David Silva.

Juve beat Dortmund

Juventus overcame a blunder by defender Giorgio Chiellini and a first-half injury to playmaker Andrea Pirlo to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in a fast and furious tie in Turin on Tuesday.

Carlos Tevez tapped in from close range to give the Serie A champions a 13th-minute lead in the last 16 first leg, only for Chiellini's nightmare moment to let Marco Reus in for a clinically-taken equaliser five minutes later.

The Italy defender slipped and fell over as he went to make a simple interception, lost the ball to Reus and did not even try to get up, instead remaining sprawled on the turf as the Borussia player planted the ball past Gianluigi Buffon.

In a passionate atmosphere, Juventus suffered another blow when Pirlo went off injured just after the half hour but a superbly-taken goal by Alvaro Morata just before halftime left the tie on a knife-edge.

“We played very well, we were well-ordered in defence and very good in the second half,” said phlegmatic Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, whose side are unbeaten at home in all competitions since April 2013. “It's a shame about their goal but you can't allow for these things.”

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