Tuesday February 18 2014
CL: Barca and PSG win big

Barcelona and PSG have a foot in the Champions League quarter-final after victories away to Manchester City and Bayer Leverkusen.

The Round of 16 began this evening and after the first legs some pretty strong verdicts have already been delivered.

Martin Demichelis was sent off for bringing down Lionel Messi in a clear scoring opportunity, which the Argentine also converted from the penalty spot on 54 minutes.

Cesc Fabregas had a goal incorrectly ruled offside before Dani Alves got the second in the final minute by nutmegging Joe Hart at the near post.

Read the full report from Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona on our sister site, Football Espana.

Paris Saint-Germain made short work of Bayer Leverkusen, winning 4-0 in Germany.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a soft penalty and fired a thunderbolt into the far top corner after Blaise Matuidi had opened the scoring in the first three minutes.

It means the ex-Milan man is current Champions League top scorer with 10 goals.

To make matters worse for Leverkusen, Emir Spahic received a second yellow card and late on Yohan Cabaye added a fourth goal with a fierce strike from just inside the box.

Italy international Marco Verratti started this match for PSG in midfield and Salvatore Sirigu was in goal.

The second legs are on March 12.

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