On an evening that favored the visitors, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain left Manchester City and Bayer Leverkusen with slim hopes of making the Champions League quarterfinals.The Champions League returned with a bang on Tuesday as Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain secured priceless first-leg wins as the knockout phase kicked off in style.
Goal selects the best imagery from the first round of last 16 matches as Lionel Messi upset Manchester City and Zlatan Ibrahimovic stuned Bayer Leverkusen.
Barcelona fans were in fine voice ahead of their first-leg clash at the Etihad Stadium
Disarray in the Barcelona defense as a teasing free kick from David Silva causes carnage
Vincent Kompany knows that was a rare opportunity missed as Valdes claims the ball and a free kick
Nine minutes into the second half, Lionel Messi races clear and Martin Demichelis hacks the No. 10 down
The Argentine defender is shown a straight red card and Manchester City is reduced to 10
Joe Hart dives to his left as Lionel Messi sends the ball down the middle. Advantage Barca
City is hit by a sucker punch as Dani Alves slots between the legs of Joe Hart in the 90th minute
Double trouble - Neymar and Messi salute the support as they return to Camp Nou with a two-goal lead
Blaise Matuidi gives Paris Saint-Germain a third-minute lead against Bayer Leverkusen
Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes it 2-0 from the spot after Ezequiel Lavezzi is dragged over by Emir Spahic
Three minutes later Ibrahimovic adds his second with a sensational strike from outside the area
Yohan Cabaye caps off a perfect performance from PSG, finding the top corner in style
One foot in the next round for PSG and a first Champions League goal this season for Cabaye