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Lionel Messi eased the tension at Barcelona to knock Manchester City out of the Champions League, while Paris Saint Germain saw off Bayer Leverkusen to seal a quarterfinal berth.

It looked like a formality for both home teams ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clashes and that is exactly how it transpired as Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona both won 2-1 at home to book their places in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Goal selects the best imagery from the evening's fixtures...

Expectations were high ahead of Barcelona's Champions League second leg clash against Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini had to make do with a seat in the stands for Man City's second leg at the Camp Nou

Sidney Sam headed Bayer Leverkusen into an early lead at Parc des Princes against Paris Saint-Germain

Brazilian defender Marquinhos replied with a header of his own on 13 minutes to level the game

The equalizer made it 5-1 to PSG on aggregate and ended any prospect of a Leverkusen comeback

Simon Rolfes saw his 28th minute penalty saved, denying Bayer Leverkusen a much-needed goal

Manuel Pellegrini's assistant Ruben Cousillas orchastrated from the touchline

Joleon Lescott threw himself into a challenge on Neymar, stopping the Brazilian in full flight

One of Man City's few chances came from a neat David Silva backheel but Nasri's shot came to nothing

There was a lot of focus on Sergio Aguero before kickoff but injury forced him off at halftime

PSG took a 2-1 lead when Ezequiel Lavezzi side footed home from close range on 53 minutes

The deadlock was broken on 67 minutes when Lionel Messi capitalised on a Lescott error 

There was only ever one outcome, the Barcelona talisman chipped the ball past Joe Hart to make it 1-0

The agony is felt by Pablo Zabaleta as Manchester City's Champions League dream slipped away

To rub salt into the wound, Edin Dzeko is denied a clear penalty after being tripped by Gerard Pique

Manchester City is reduced to 10 men following Pablo Zabaleta's penalty protestations

Man City pulls a goal back but in the 90th minute Barcelona snatch a winner through Dani Alves 

Alves celebrates after making it 2-1 on the night


Down and out - Manchester City is left to again ponder what might have been

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