'Terrific win for Barcelona' - Iniesta

The attacker was pleased with how the Blaugrana broke down Man City's defence en route to a relatively straightforward 2-0 win on Tuesday
Andres Iniesta says Barcelona's 2-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday was a "terrific result".

The Catalans were unable to breakthrough the Blues defence in the first half but midway through the second period that all changed.

Martin Demichelis was sent off for a desperate lunge on Lionel Messi as he raced in on goal, with Barca awarded a penalty that the four-time Ballon d'Or winner slotted home with ease.

Dani Alves added a second for Gerardo Martino's men late in the game to leave Manuel Pellegrini's side needing a minor miracle at Camp Nou to reach the quarter-finals.

"It is a terrific result for us," Iniesta, 29, told reporters. "They tightened up their defence a lot, even with a man down, but we knew if we had the ball a lot then we would score a goal.

"City have players of a very high level, this required a performance like that. A lot of possession and chances eventually materialise.

"It is a very good result but we cannot be over confident."

Demichelis' red card was a defining moment in the match, with Iniesta expressing there was little doubt in his mind it was a deserved penalty and a sending off.

"The penalty was clear as he was the last defender, so the expulsion is fair too," he added.

History is now against Man City as no team has ever come back from a 2-0 knock-out loss on home turf in a Champions League first leg to go on to qualify for the subsequent round of matches.