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first_imgA dominant Barcelona knocked Manchester City out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage for the second successive season after a 1-0 win at the Nou Camp ensured a 3-1 aggregate victory.City had Joe Hart to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable in an imperious display by the hosts, with Lionel Messi central to everything, including an assist for the only goal of the game, scored by Ivan Rakitic.Barcelona hit the woodwork twice in the first half but failed to put the game out of City’s reach and the visitors nearly made them pay, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen denied Aguero from the penalty spot with just under 15 minutes remaining.Barcelona saw the game out and, after a 2-1 victory at the Etihad three weeks ago, reached the quarter finals comfortably and ended England’s representation in this year’s competition.In a first half completely dominated by the hosts, Neymar hit a post in the early stages with City chasing shadows and Messi running the show.The only surprise was how long it took for the breakthrough to come. Rakitic, a Europa League winner with Sevilla last season, was found brilliantly by Messi at the far post and the Croatian kept his composure to lob Hart just after the half hour mark.It was then Luis Suarez’s turn to go close, but the Uruguayan was also denied by the woodwork after being played through by Neymar as Barcelona threatened to kill the tie off before half time.The Nou Camp is accustomed to Messi displays of this class but the Argentine was exceeding even his own standards, with former boss Pep Guardiola unable to hide his appreciation in the audience.The second half began in the same manner, with Jordi Alba and Messi denied by the outstanding Hart before Suarez could only shoot wide when finding space down the City left.Then, in a frantic 60 seconds, City nearly scrambled an equaliser through substitute Jesus Navas and then James Milner, before Messi was eventually denied by Hart’s feet after a lightning quick counterattack.After Hart denied Neymar yet again moments later, City were handed a lifeline when Pique was controversially adjudged to have brought down Aguero inside the penalty area, but his spot kick was well saved by German keeper ter Stegen.Hart denied Barcelona a second goal time and time again before the final whistle but the saves were academic, as City failed to reach the last eight for the fourth season in a row. 1 Ivan Rakitic scores the winners goal against Man City last_img read more