Messi on target as Barcelona eliminate Man City

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (C) scores a goal past Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart during their Champions League last 16 second leg soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona March 12, 2014. (Reuters)

Lionel Messi struck in the second half to end Manchester City's dreams of a famous comeback as Barcelona beat the English club 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 4-1 on aggregate.

Barcawere far from their classic best which saw them lift the trophy in 2009 and 2011 but a stuttering version under Gerardo Martino who had lost two of their last three games.

Messi slotted home in the 67th minute after a mistake by Joleon Lescott, and City's night got worse when Pablo Zabaleta was sent off with a second yellow card for dissent.

The visitors scored a consolation through Vincent Kompany's tap-in in the 89th minute before Dani Alves won the game for Barca in the first minute of injury time.
 

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