Champions League: Man City v Barcelona - as it happened

Barcelona win at Manchester City in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie.

18 February 2014 Last updated at 17:52

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  1. 22:30: 

    I should also tell you that Manuel Pellegrini is currently speaking to the media, where he is blaming the referee for tonight's defeat. We'll bring you all the quotes on the BBC Sport website shortly. But it's time for me to sign off now. Thanks for your company tonight and be sure to join Tom Rostance for tomorrow night's games. Goodnight.

  2. 22:25: 

    We're going to be signing off shortly, but before we do let's throw things forward to Wednesday night when Arsenal welcome Bayern Munich to the Emirates.

    New Bayern manager Pep Guardiola, speaking before the game, has said it is "impossible" to dominate matches against Arsenal.

    "Arsenal compete with huge, huge teams and, for me, remain a good team, a good club," the former Barcelona manager said.

    "We're going to fight against one of the best teams in Europe. It's a good test to know what is our level in Europe this year."

    Barcelona midfielder Cesc FabregasPlayer reaction- Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    "Great result, proud of the team!"

  4. 22:20: 
    Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    Samir Nasri certainly looked the part when he came off the bench, but it was David Silva who provided the cutting edge for Manchester City. If his second-half volley had somehow beaten Victor Valdes, we might now be talking about a valiant draw. Or better.

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    Samantha Brown: Wish Samir Nasri would have started for Manchester City. Probably not fit enough, but he and David Silva were giving it to Barca with only 10 men!

  6. 22:18: 
    Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    Our mates over at Opta have produced this graphic, which shows that the majority of the game was played out in the middle of the park. On that note, how good was Fernandinho tonight? He did a great job trying to limit Barcelona's attacking threat.

    Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    "It was a split-second decision from Martin Demichelis. It was instinct to go for the tackle.

    "You do not think if you make this tackle you will get sent off and cost your team - you think you can win the ball."

  8. 22:13: 

    Speaking of ex-managers, Swansea's former gaffer Michael Laudrup has been talking about his dismissal today - saying he was sacked by email, hours after being told his job was safe and shaking hands with chairman Huw Jenkins.

    "It happened just a few hours after we shook hands and, of course, I'm very, very confused," said Laudrup.

  9. 22:11: 

    That's a strange old tweet from Fulham. I thought we found that out on Friday?


    Fulham FC on Twitter: Rene Meulensteen, Alan Curbishley, Ray Wilkins, Mick Priest and Jonathan Hill have departed the club.

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    Gibin: Watching Barca play is beautiful... We should feel lucky to be able to watch them, don't know how anyone can find them boring.

  12. 22:06: 
    Watson suffers bad injury
    Ben Watson

    I'm afraid I have some bad news for Wigan Athletic supporters, after midfielder Ben Watson picked up a potential season-ending injury in the Latics' 2-0 win against Barnsley.

    The central midfielder, whose header sealed an improbable FA Cup triumph for Wigan last May, left the DW Stadium in an ambulance amid fears of a second broken leg in 15 months.

  13. 22:00: 
    Johnstone's Paint Trophy

    League Two leaders Chesterfield will face Peterborough in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy despite suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood in the second leg of the Northern Area final. Jon Parkin scored a late winner for the visitors but the Spireites secured a trip to Wembley by virtue of their 3-1 success in the first leg.

    Vincent Kompany, FootballerManchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    "Not very happy tonight for many reasons but I can't fault anyone for effort. Tough task now but I'm not giving up."

  15. 21:56: 
    Player reaction- Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona
    Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, speaking to ITV Sport: "We had a great result tonight. The fans put so much pressure on and that's what makes this so win special. We had a point to prove, and we did it very well. Some people were talking a bit too much before the game and now they have to shut up for a few days.

    "You never know in football, but in three weeks we will have to play very, very well."

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    George Alford: Barcelona, despite their brilliance, must be one of the worst things to happen to football. Boring.

  17. 21:53: 
    Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    Manchester City have got plenty of time to think about how they will go about turning around a 2-0 deficit in the Nou Camp, with the second leg scheduled for 12 March. Before then, Manuel Pellegrini's side face Stoke in the Premier League, Sunderland in the League Cup final and Wigan in the sixth round of the FA Cup.

    Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    "To stop Barcelona you have to do it as a unit - if you do it individually they will pass around you. You have to be incredibly fit and get numbers around them.

    "It only takes one person to switch off and you get punished. Inevitably, if you have Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets who are great at keeping the ball you will be physically tested - and you could see Manchester City were very tired at the end."

  19. 21:48: 
    League One round-up

    Leyton Orient have edged above Wolves into second place, albeit having played two games more, thanks to a 2-0 win against Stevenage. Preston's hopes of securing an automatic promotion spot appear to be dwindling after they were held to a goalless draw away at MK Dons. Elsewhere, a late winner from Carl McHugh earned Bradford all three points against Port Vale and Carlisle came from a goal behind to beat Coventry 2-1.

  20. 21:48: 
    Championship round-up

    Derby have moved within two points of second-placed Burnley after Patrick Bamford's wonder strike secured a 1-0 win away at Sheffield Wednesday. Wigan boosted their play-off chances with a well-deserved 2-0 victory against Barnsley and although Yeovil managed a goalless draw against Watford, they still find themselves six points from safety at the foot of the table.

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    Tom in Manchester: Regarding Robbie Savage, with Sergio Aguero back for the away leg you might just have to quit!

    John in Leicester: If Robbie Savage really will stop working, that's all the motivation Manchester City need.

  22. 21:47: 
    Player reaction- Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona
    Vincent Kompany

    Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany, speaking to ITV: "By no means we thought they were superior. When it was 11 v 11, maybe we showed a bit more respect.

    "[When asked if Barcelona were the best team Manchester City have faced] Not at all. Incredibly efficient though - they have great individual quality.

    "There was a lot of soft fouls. In the Premier League they would have not been given.

    "If the tempo was in this game it would have been to our advantage.

    "If the game is the same as today, and we manage to stay away from some fouls, we have got a chance [in the second leg]."

  23. 21:45: 
    League Two round-up

    Five matches, four draws in League Two. A late goal from Oxford's Alfie Potter was not enough to prevent their first defeat on the road since last April. They lost to Newport 3-2. Rochdale and Burton ended 1-1, while towards the bottom of the table, Bury could not score against 10-man Accrington in a match that finished goalless. Exeter drew at home to Morecambe, and Southend's promotion charge was slowed by an equaliser from Hartlepool.

  24. 21:44: 
    Full-time stats- Bayer Leverkusen 0-4 Paris St-Germain

    It was one-sided in Germany too as Paris St-Germain swept past a very poor Bayer Leverkusen team. Zlatan, as ever, was absolutely superb as he scored twice.

    Bayer Leverkusen 0-4 Paris St-Germain
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    Jamie from Wakefield: Barcelona are like the Sebastian Vettel of football. Extremely talented but make the game very boring to watch.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    "Martin Demichelis has had a fantastic career, playing at a very high level. He should not be in this Manchester City team at centre-back.

    "Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta were signed by Mark Hughes. They have not strengthened in the right areas."

  27. 21:40: 
    Full-time stats- Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    Good things come to those who wait it seems. Barcelona passed it, passed it, passed it some more and then took down Manchester City with all the ruthlessness of a hit-man.

    Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    "Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino is not one for histrionics and his celebration of Daniel Alves's goal simply saw him turn to take a swig of water from the bottle in his technical area. The rest of the Barca bench went absolutely bonkers, with the recently substituted Cesc Fabregas hugging everybody near him. Oh, and that Catalan radio commentator I mentioned earlier is now somewhere on the roof of the stand.

    "The final whistle was greeted by defiant chants from City fans but it is the Barca fans who are making most of the noise as they continue to twirl their scarves - their side is now in control of this tie."

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    "If Manchester City win the tie in the Nou Camp, I will stop working."

  30. 21:37: 
    Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    What did everyone think of that then? Is Robbie Savage right when he says Manchester City's chances at the Nou Camp are "nil"?

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    "Barcelona set the mark. The decision to send Martin Demichelis off was the right decision.

    "Barcelona looked fantastic. The quadruple is over - their chances at the Nou Camp are nil."

  32. 21:34: 
    FULL-TIME- Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    All over, and Manchester City's players slump to their knees. Barcelona? Predictably, they are all smiles.

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    Dilan: What a finish from Dani Alves. Game over. Tie over. A perfect Champions League away performance from Barcelona.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    "This game could have ended 4-0 easily. They have torn Manchester City apart with 10 men.

    "I would question Manuel Pellegrini. The mistake by starting Martin Demichelis has cost them."

  35. 21:33: 
    Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    And now we watch Barcelona pass the ball about for fun. It ends how it began.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-2 Barcelona

    "Game over, tie over. Next year now for Manchester City as they are not going to get anything at the Nou Camp.

    "Gael Clichy has looked exhausted for awhile. He could not follow his runner - City are out on their feet."

  37. 21:30: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona - Dani Alves (90 mins)

    A sickener for Manchester City as Barcelona score a late second - Neymar and Dani Alves linking up on the right before the latter slides the ball through Joe Hart's legs. Game over. Tie over?

  38. 21:30: 
    Championship latest

    Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford has further enhanced his growing reputation with an incredible strike for Derby against Sheffield Wednesday. Five goals in seven appearances for the Rams, following an impressive spell at MK Dons earlier in the season, will surely have caught the attention of parent-club manager Jose Mourinho.

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    Matt from Skegness: Manchester City lucky not to be 2-0 down when the game hasn't been that one sided. Cesc Fabregas was onside for a second goal but the first wasn't a penalty. They aren't out of this if it finishes 1-0.

  40. 21:29: 
    GOAL- Bayer Leverkusen 0-4 Paris St-Germain - Yohan Cabaye (88 mins)

    Former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye scores his first goal for PSG as he sidefoots a shot into the top corner from 18 yards after Lucas's pull back. Another brilliant finish.

  41. 21:28: 
    Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    David Silva again, this time with a deep cross in the direction of Edin Dzeko but the ball is put behind for a corner by Victor Valdes. The corner comes to nothing.

  42. 21:27: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Bayer Leverkusen 0-3 Paris St-Germain

    A brilliant save from goalkeeper Bernd Leno stops this from getting even more humiliating for Bayer Leverkusen.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic rolls the ball across goal to Javier Pastore but, with just Leno to beat, his shot is blocked by the German's legs.

    PSG are in cruise control.

  43. 21:27: 
    Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    Four minutes to go. Can City find a dramatic leveller?

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    "There is the slightest of shoves from Edin Dzeko. I thought it was harsh - it is a physical game."

  45. 21:26: 

    Another change for Barca - Sergi Roberto replacing Cesc Fabregas.

  46. 21:26: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    Nearly. Manchester City fashion another quality chance when David Silva, who has had a superb game, plays in Edin Dzeko but the striker is penalised for a minor push in the back of Gerard Pique as he prepared to pull the trigger.

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    Kemlo: Apparently Barcelona are preparing their appeal of Martin Demichelis' red card as we speak.

    Akude Emeka O: Fernandinho has been absolutely fantastic tonight, what a midfield marshal he's turning into.

    Jono Healey: Barca have done nothing tonight. Bad error by Demichelis. Lionel Messi quiet as a church mouse.

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    "Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino shows his frustration as his side surrender possession in their own-half - that does not happen too often. City's 10 men, with their fans urging them on and singing 'we fight to the end' are not just sitting back and aiming for damage-limitation, but they have to be very careful here."

  49. 21:21: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    Poor from Manchester City, who have Barcelona penned back into their own half but Joleon Lescott decides to pass back to Joe Hart from just inside his own area and drills the ball out for a corner. The centre comes to nothing but a subsequent moves ends with Gerard Pique sweeping home after the City defence had been sliced open like a tin of beans. However, the linesman flags the goal offside. I'm not sure why. Have the Blues got away with one?

  50. 21:21: 
    League Two latest

    George Donnelly equalises for Rochdale at Spotdale against promotion rivals Burton. Ryan Burge makes it 2-1 for Newport to put Oxford's long unbeaten away record in danger.

  51. 21:19: 
    League One latest

    I told you to expect more goals in the game involving Coventry and Carlisle. The latter have taken the lead through Sam Byrne who is currently on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season.

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    Joey G, a City fan: If we keep it to 1-0, with Martin Demichelis suspended and the memory of beating Bayern Munich away, I still think we can progress

  53. 21:18: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    A moment of brilliance almost drags Manchester City back into this match, with Pablo Zabaleta passing to David Silva who chests the ball down and volleys towards goal but Victor Valdes is equal to the challenge.

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    Barcelona celebrate scoring at Manchester City

    Hugh in France: Do Barca have more than 11 on the pitch ? In every shot, you see at least six striped shirts. It's mind-blowing.

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    "The Barca fans are now giving it an 'ole' after every pass from their team, and there have been a few of them. City's supporters, meanwhile, are still directing plenty of wrath at the officials and applauding every challenge from their side."

  56. 21:16: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    As if Manchester City needed anything else to worry about, Barcelona send on Neymar for Alexis Sanchez, while Manchester City replace Alvaro Negredo with Edin Dzeko. Fifteen minutes to go.

  57. 21:14: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    Barcelona continue with their short, precise passing - pitching a tent on the edge of the Manchester City penalty area and waiting patiently for another opening.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    "What was Gael Clichy doing? He dallied on the ball, only waiting to put the ball into Victor Valdes's hands."

  59. 21:11: 
    Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    And now it's Manchester City's turn to launch a raid down the left, David Silva releasing Gael Clichy but the ball takes a bobble and the fullback's cross ends up straight at Victor Valdes.

  60. 21:11: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Bayer Leverkusen 0-3 Paris St-Germain

    At last, a bit of good news for Bayer Leverkusen.

    Blaise Matuidi is sent clear on goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and he sees his shot saved by goalkeeper Bernd Leno before deflecting off Leverkusen's Philipp Wollscheid and bouncing into the net.

    The goal is chalked off as the offside Ezequiel Lavezzi is adjudged to be interfering with play despite having nothing to do with the move.

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    Stu Kingston: Joleon Lescott's gone from bench warming to playing against Lionel Messi. Big 30 minutes ahead for him.

    Manchester City's Joe Hart and Barcelona goalscorer Lionel Messi
  62. 21:09: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    Now Barcelona have found that opening, and seen Manchester City reduced to 10 men, they are creating a few more chances - this time Xavi sidefooting over the bar before Dani Alves plays a neat one-two and gets behind the fullback before dragging his low shot just past the far post.

  63. 21:06: 
    Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    Vincent Kompany wins the ball in a full-blooded challenge on Lionel Messi. That has got the home side's supporters going.

  64. 21:05: 
    League Two update

    A goal from Morecambe's Padraig Amond makes it 1-1 at Exeter. Hartlepool also equalise against Southend. But still no goals from Bury against a 10-man Accrington side.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    "Manchester City are starting to lose their discipline now, they are at sixes and sevens at the back. I think this game has passed some of their players by, like Yaya Toure.

    "You may as well go out of the competition having a go. I think it was the wrong team choice for Manchester City tonight. I thin it was a mistake to pick Martin Demichelis."

  66. 21:04: 
    League One latest

    Liam Noble has brought Carlisle back onto level terms against Coventry. Draws have been a real rarity for the Cumbrians in recent months, with their last coming in November, so expect more goals in this one.

  67. 21:04: 
    Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    Samir Nasri has a shot blocked by Gerard Pique, who fumes at the linesman for his failure to flag Alvaro Negredo offside. A decent chance for the hosts.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    "A real mood-changer. It was the moment Manchester City might have feared, Martin Demichelis isolated against Lionel Messi. City infuriated on two fronts though - they felt Sergio Busquets had fouled Jesus Navas in the build-up and that the foul was outside the area. Worrying times though as Barcelona will be ruthless as they try to take advantage of their numerical superiority."

  69. 21:00: 
    Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    A shellshocked Manchester City have just 30 minutes to salvage something from tonight. Want some good news, City fans? Martin Demichelis is now suspended for the second leg...

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    "The Barca end of Etihad Stadium is jumping now, a whirl of scarf-waving happiness as their team come forward in waves against City's 10 men. The Catalan radio commentator sat behind me is in a state of delirium too - upping the volume and spewing out words at a fantastic rate."

  71. 20:59: 
    RED CARD- Bayer Leverkusen 0-3 Paris St-Germain - Emir Spahic

    It is fast becoming a night to forget for Leverkusen. Defender Emir Spahic receives his second yellow card of the night as Lucas goes down under his challenge.

    There hardly looks to be any contact, despite the Brazil defender going down clutching his face, but that doesn't stop Spahic from trudging off disconsolately.

  72. 20:58: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    Manuel Pellegrini reacts to that red card by sending on Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott in place of Jesus Navas and Aleksandar Kolarov. Big ask for City now.

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    Martin Demichelis fouls Lionel Messi

    Tom Wright: What were people saying about Martin Demichelis...

    Jeremy Smith: So, Demichelis didn't exactly confound his many critics.

    Sam Burnett: Demichelis is always liability for city!

  74. 20:57: 
    Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    Barcelona are piling the pressure on now - Lionel Messi taking a pop from just inside the box but it's charged down by his old mate Pablo Zabaleta.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-1 Barcelona

    "I think that is a free-kick, the first contact was just outside the penalty box. But it was very, very close - and it certainly was a red card.

    "It was a huge call before the game to play Martin Demichelis. The incident all came from some theatrics from Jesus Navas, when he lost the ball by throwing himself to the ground needlessly."

  76. 20:54: 
    GOAL- Manchester City 0-1 Barcelona - Lionel Messi penalty (54 mins)

    No problem for Lionel Messi, who casually slots the penalty down the middle after Joe Hart dives to his left.

  77. 20:53: 
    RED CARD- Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona - Martin Demichelis

    And the referee brandishes the red card to Martin Demichelis. He's off.

  78. 20:53: 
    PENALTY TO BARCELONA- Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Andres Iniesta plays a sublime pass through to Lionel Messi, who is clean through on goal and brought down by Martin Demichelis. Penalty!

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    "When Barcelona attack, there is a wall of blue in front of them. They are all packed together very tightly, with Aleksandar Kolarov and Jesus Navas tucking in."

  80. 20:52: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona
    Yaya Toure attempts to tackle Lionel Messi

    There's plenty of magic in those rainbow-coloured boots of Lionel Messi, but we've not seen too much of it so far tonight. Still plenty of time though...

  81. 20:50: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi gets the run on Fernandinho and manages to slide the ball through to Cesc Fabregas, but the ex-Arsenal man is shepherded by Pablo Zabaleta who eventually manages to clear the ball out of the box and to safety. A sign the game is beginning to open up slightly?

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    Fred in Brighton: Re 2027 - You should have said game, set and Zlatch.

  83. 20:48: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    It's more of the same after the break, with Manchester City patient and measured in their attacking build-up. They are keeping hold of the ball well.

  84. 20:46: 
    KICK-OFF- Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    A bit of Hey Jude precedes kick-off at the Etihad. We're also back under way in Germany.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    "Manchester City will stay as they are for the next 20 minutes. The potential introduction of Edin Dzeko could cause chaos in the Barcelona defence with his height."

  86. 20:45: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    On the Barcelona bench, there's some kid called Neymar. Is he any good?

  87. 20:44: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Manuel Pellegrini certainly has plenty of options if he wants to try and attack Barca a bit more in the second half, with Samir Nasri, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic all sitting on the bench. Surely we'll see a bit of Nasri at some point?

  88. 20:40: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    I think we're all in agreement that Manuel Pellegrini is playing it very well here. But will there come a point tonight when he might try and grab a goal? Or will all that excitement come in the second leg?

  89. 20:39: 
    League Two latest

    There have been goals in four of tonight's five League Two matches.

    Exeter scored early at home to Morecambe and Newport equalised on the stroke of half-time and are level 1-1 with Oxford, who have not lost a game away from home in a year. Southend got their promotion chase back on track with a goal from Barry Corr against Hartlepool. And Zeli Ismail put Burton 1-0 up against Rochdale.

    Accrington meanwhile are a player down after Laurence Wilson was sent off for a tackle on Bury's Craig Jones. That game is goalless.

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    James Roberts: Not a single chance for Barca in 45 minutes. Tactical masterclass from Manuel Pellegrini is an understatement.

    Marc Bradley: Good, well disciplined half from Manchester City. Need to push on and score early in the second half.

    Silas Buzo: I love Pellegrini's tactics, that is the best way to beat Barcelona - by counter attack.

  91. 20:38: 
    League One latest

    Coventry are in front against Carlisle at the break thanks to midfielder Franck Moussa. That's two goals in three games for the Belgian.

  92. 20:38: 
    Championship latest

    Goals from Nicky Maynard and Martyn Waghorn have put Wigan into a commanding half-time lead against Barnsley. Victory will move the FA Cup holders to within four points of a much coveted playoff spot.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    "0-0 is not a bad result, but you need to go to the Nou Camp with a lead as Barca will dominate possession there, so City need a goal at home. I just want to see City impose themselves more in the second half. When the ball goes into the box into Negredo, they are a threat. Barca are finding it difficult to get through them, so it's important for Barca to get their full backs forward."

  94. 20:34: 
    Half-time stats- Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    It's certainly not the goal-fest we were all craving, but Manchester City will be fairly pleased with that opening half - especially after they were given a passing lesson in the first 10 minutes. Here's what the number crunchers make of it all...

    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona
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    Craig Dunbar: Zlatan is an absolute beast!

    Bayer Leverkusen 0-3 Paris St-Germain

    Statisticians Opta: 3 - Bayer Leverkusen have conceded at least three goals in their last five matches at the Champions League Last 16 stage.

  97. 20:31: 
    HALF-TIME- Bayer Leverkusen 0-3 Paris St-Germain
  98. 20:31:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    "Manchester City will be reasonably pleased with that first 45 minutes. Barcelona have not put them under sustained presssure despite long periods of possession and the suspicion remains that Alvaro Negredo's physical presence will trouble the Catalans if City can get the supply lines right."

  99. 20:31: 
    HALF-TIME- Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona
  100. 20:30: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    A big, big chance. David Silva plays a neat pass to Jesus Navas, who swings the ball in from the right and Alvaro Negredo heads wide under excellent pressure from Dani Alves at the back stick. Almost a goal made in Spain to shock Spain.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "Defensively City have been fantastic, I just want to see more from their attacking players and a bit more flair in the final third."

  102. 20:27: 
    GOAL- Bayer Leverkusen 0-3 Paris St-Germain - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (42 mins)
    PSG celebrate a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal

    He's good, isn't he? We thought we'd be talking about Lionel Messi tonight but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is stealing the show - lacing a left-foot effort into the top corner from the edge of the box. Game, Zlat and match in Germany.

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    A goal-mouth scramble during Man City v Barca

    Brendan Bennett: Iniesta. Xavi. Fabregas. Toure. Silva. That's the difference between top clubs and Manchester United this season. Midfields. Worlds apart.

    Vinny Person: For all those thinking possession means everything, Chelsea averaged 32.1% possession over their last five Champions League games last season.

    Paddy Emmerson: Barcelona starting to create a little bit space around the box, dangerous and worrying times for Manchester City.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    "City are doing a good job, they are playing well on the break but they cannot afford to lose their discipline and have a man sent off."

  105. 20:23: 
    GOAL- Bayer Leverkusen 0-2 Paris St-Germain - Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty (39 mins)

    The keeper guesses right but Zlatan Ibrahimovic's penalty is too powerful and Paris St-Germain are cruising towards the last eight. Dark horses?

  106. 20:23: 
    PENALTY FOR PSG- Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 Paris St-Germain

    Silence at the Bay Arena as Paris St-German are awarded a penalty completely out of the blue. It looks like the chance is gone when Blaise Matuidi mis controls Maxwell's cross.

    But, to Leverkusen's fury, the referee spots a shove by Emir Spahic on Ezequiel Lavezzi off the ball and points to the penalty spot. Looking at the replays, he got it spot on.

    A needless and very costly foul.

  107. 20:23: 
    Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 Paris St-Germain
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    It is all bit too easy for Paris St-Germain at the moment.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is attempting some audacious flicks and tricks but, so far, they aren't coming off. He is also getting a bit of a kicking for his efforts.

    Leverkusen are a bit less all over the place but don't look threatening.

  108. 20:22: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    When Manchester City do look bright, it tends to happen in two-minute bursts. First Alvaro Negredo glances a header wide from a deep cross and then the striker goes down the challenge of Javier Mascherano in the penalty area. Get up, gestures the ref. No penalty.

  109. 20:22: 
    Pass, pass, pass- Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona
    Stats from Man City v Barcelona

    Barca have dominated possession but it has not really been translated into efforts on goal.

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    "Until that Xavi shot which forced a first meaningful save of the game from Joe Hart, the travelling Barca supporters had been relatively quiet, but then I guess you cannot really cheer spells of prolonged possession that don't quite lead to a clear chance. When they have got a chant going, it has been the 'Barca, Barca, Barca' ditty or the equally repetitive song that goes 'Messi, Messi, Messi'. Nice and simple to go with the giant banner hanging from the second tier in their end of the ground 'T'estimo' - Catalan for I love you - accompanied by the Barcelona badge."

  111. 20:19: 
    Championship latest

    It's still goalless in tonight's three fixtures. Surely the breakthrough will come before half time?

  112. 20:19: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi stands over a free-kick 35 yards out, but he hits it straight into the wall. Danger averted.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    "Anxiety when Barcelona have the ball but Manchester City's supporters are heartened that they are now pressurising the Catalans in possession. Barca keeper Victor Valdes not looking convincing when City can put him under pressure."

  114. 20:18: 
    League One latest

    Chris Dagnall has doubled Leyton Orient's lead against Stevenage as they look set to end a run of four league games without a win and move back into the automatic promotion places.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "When you get Demichelis standing up straight in one on one situations, Sanchez goes past him so easily. I also want to see more from Yaya Toure when City have the ball, getting up to support Negredo, because when he has they look a different team."

  116. 20:17: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    As I say that, Joe Hart is at full stretch to palm clear Xavi's angled shot from 35 yards out. Still, it was never really going to hurt City from that distance.

  117. 20:16: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Are Manchester City producing a tactical masterclass tonight, as Gary Lineker suggests? The Catalans have failed to create any clear-cut chances, Lionel Messi perhaps blazing their best effort over the bar from 30 yards out.

  118. 20:15: 
    YELLOW CARD- Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    It's hardly been a dirty game, but we've had two bookings inside the opening 30 minutes - this time Alvaro Negredo going into the book for a crunching tackle on Gerard Pique.

  119. 20:14: 
    League Two latest

    Five matches underway but only two goals so far.

    Tom Nichols scored for Exeter in the first two minutes at home to Morecambe and Oxford continue their incredible away form as James Constable knocks in his 105th goal for the club. They are playing at Newport.

    Meanwhile, there have been two missed chances for Southend against Hartlepool, including a shot from Anthony Straker that hit the woodwork.

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    Miracle Roch: Manchester City with the best clear cut chances despite Barca's possession. That's football.

    Gary Lineker, MOTD presenter and former Barcelona strikerManchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    "Manchester City tactically spot on. Defend well in numbers, be patient, counter attack, and chances will come."

  122. 20:12: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Manchester City are on top for the first time - first Alvaro Negredo attempts to play in David Silva with a neat flick, before the big striker tries his luck with a snap-shot which Victor Valdes gathers.

  123. 20:13: 
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    You can follow images for all tonight's Champions League action on the BBC Sport Facebook page. Check it out for some superb photos of the ties in Manchester and Leverkusen.

  124. 20:11: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Victor Valdes is looking very uncomfortable under crosses so far this evening, this time David Silva whipping in a free-kick from the left and the Spanish stopper flaps while trying to collect the ball under pressure from Vincent Kompany. As the ball is scrambled closer to his goal, Valdes recovers to gather just before the referee blows for a foul. Something to work on for City.

  125. 20:08: 
    YELLOW CARD- Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    The first booking of the night is given to Dani Alves, who brings down Gael Clichy in full flight. Always a bonus to get the full-back on a yellow.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    "City when they break quickly are more of a threat, when Silva can get the ball in that attacking third they look more likely. They have not had much of the ball but they have looked dangerous."

  127. 20:06: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 Paris St-Germain

    The hosts have their first chance of the match as Andres Guardado's free-kick is headed downwards by Stefan Kiessling but tipped over by goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu as the ball bounced towards the top corner.

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    Johnny Magrinho: Martin Demichelis looking solid at the back for Manchester City. Thwarting so many Barca attacks rather easily. Shame about his passing though...

  129. 20:06: 
    League One latest

    Moses Odubajo has given Leyton Orient the lead against Stevenage with his ninth goal of the season. Preston's meeting with MK Dons remains goalless but it's certainly worth mentioning that the two sets of supporters paid tribute to the late Sir Tom Finney with a minute's applause in the seventh minute. The footballing legend wore the number seven shirt for his beloved North End.

  130. 20:06: 
    Championship latest

    There are no goals to report in the Championship thus far, however, Yeovil forward Ishmael Miller did have a goal ruled out for offside against Watford.

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Etihad Stadium

    "At the moment Barca's players are spraying the ball around as effortlessly as they were in their passing drills in their pre-match warm-up. Their fans are enjoying seeing this early pressure too. Every time they win the ball pack after - briefly - losing possession, it is greeted by mass scarf-waving in their end of the ground."

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "It just needed a runner into the box, but there was no-one there running in onto it. If that had been on Negredo's left foot I would have fancied it, but that was much, much better from Manchester City."

  133. 20:05: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Oooh, that's nice. David Silva slides in Alvaro Negredo with a sublime ball but the striker is forced wide and around the keeper - meaning his eventual angle is too tight and the cross runs away to safety. Much better from the Blues though.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-0 Barcelona
    Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo and Barcelona's Gerard Pique

    "Manchester City - and their supporters - just need to hold their nerve here as the famous Barcelona passing "Carousel" starts moving. Patience and discipline required, as it was always going to be against a team that loves to dominate possession."

  135. 20:03: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Better from Manchester City as Pablo Zabaleta gets them going down the right - the move ending with Jesus Navas putting a ball into the box to David Silva but the little Spaniard's effort loops up and as Victor Valdes, under pressure from Alvaro Negredo, comes to gather the referee blows for a free-kick.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium
    Three Man City players attempt to tackle Cesc Fabregas

    "A very poor and disappointing start from City, there was a fantastic atmosphere here but it's gone flat."

  137. 19:59: 
    CLOSE!- Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 Paris St-Germain

    Leverkusen are all over the place. This time Gregory van der Wiel's right-wing cross is fumbled by goalkeeper Bernd Leno with the ball dropping to Zlatan Ibrahimovic just yards out from goal.

    Unusually, the Sweden striker is off radar as his shot is sent sent straight at a Leverkusen player with the gap gaping. He should score.

  138. 19:59: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Thirteen minutes in, and Barcelona have passed the ball exactly 100 more times than Manchester City. But the scoreline is the thing that matters, right?

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "City are defending, defending, defending, then knocking it up to Silva and Negredo, but Barca are winning the second ball every time. City are at home, do they really want to win tonight? There is so much flexibility and movement from Barca, at the minute they are a class above City."

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    Richard Farrow: How good are Barca at keeping possession? Effortless.

    Chris Bloomfield: Wake me up when Barcelona have lost the ball.

    ChelseaWarrior: So far, this has been pure shadow-boxing. Will soon erupt.

  141. 19:57: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Can we have our ball back please?

  142. 19:55: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Already, Andres Iniesta looks dangerous - all of Barcelona's best stuff in the final third going through him. Big call, but is he the best of this golden generation of Spanish footballers?

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad Stadium

    "Very poor in possession in the opening seven minutes from Manchester City, when they do get they have given it away with Negredo all on his own up front."

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    Joe Prileszky: Bayer Leverkusen cannot afford to concede an early go... oh.

  145. 19:53: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Plenty of tiki-taka on display early on and when Barcelona do lose the ball, Manchester City have not yet shown the ability to keep hold of it themselves - a few panicked passes forward handing the ball straight back to the Catalans.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    "Any chance of City getting the ball and putting pressure on? The first time City got the ball up to Negredo, it was a bad touch and they lost it."

  147. 19:49: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona win a corner and Manchester City deal with it easily, breaking at pace to unsettle the Catalans early on. No real chance is carved out, but it's an early sign of the hosts' intentions.

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    Toby in Kent: Martin Demichelis is a terrible player, however I wouldn't be too worried as a Manchester City fan as the man playing along side him is the best centre-back in the world.

    Saad Khan: I don't get why everyone is judging Demichelis already? I'm sure his experience will show.

    Steve Huish in Surbiton: City's line up is like a team playing away. Demichelis and Aleksandar Kolarov will struggle . Manuel Pellegrini should of played Javi Garcia, Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott who had played well against Chelsea. I am now worried. Manchester City play best when they attack.

  149. 19:47: 
    GOAL- Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 Paris St-Germain - Blaise Matuidi (3 mins)
    Blaise Matuidi

    What a start for the Ligue 1 leaders. Blaise Matuide wins the ball inside Leverkusen's half, plays a one-two with Marco Verratti, before calmly sliding the ball under goalkeeper Bernd Leno and into the net.

  150. 19:47: 
    Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    Almost immediately, Barcelona set about playing short, intricate passes as Manchester City try and press a high line.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    "It will be so important for Silva to drop off into midfield when Barca have the ball tonight."

  152. 19:45: 
    KICK-OFF- Manchester City 0-0 Barcelona

    The last 16 of the Champions League is under way.

  153. 19:43: 
    Manchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    The two sets of players make their way to the Etihad pitch as City supporters hold up plastic sheets which together make up an image of the Champions League trophy. Will either of these two sides be holding that aloft in May?

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    Tom Wylie: Am I the only one who thinks Manchester City are about to beat Barcelona and beat them well?

  155. 19:40: 
    Manchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    Neymar is on the Barcelona bench tonight, and the Brazilian superstar has admitted he is surprised just how good Lionel Messi is since joining the club in the summer.

    "He surprised me a lot!" said Neymar. "Even as a player. Watching him on TV back home, I hadn't realised just how good he was."

    In five minutes' time, we'll get to see for ourselves. Excited?

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)
    Lionel Messi

    "If you were wondering which player all the cameras and fans were watching on in the warm-up... yes, it's Lionel Messi. I've just watched him control a 40-yard pass on his chest, then do about 100 keepie-uppies before pinging it straight to a team-mate. He's quite good, isn't he?"

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    "I hope we're not talking about the referee after the game, I hope Mr Eriksson handles the game in the right manner and that we see a spectacle, and are not talking about an horrendous refereeing decision."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    "The atmosphere building here. Oasis's "Don't Look Back In Anger" being played as shots of some of Manchester City's great players and moments are shown on the big screen. And some of those former greats such as Mike Summerbee and Francis Lee will be here tonight - proud men as their beloved club perform on European football's biggest stage."

  159. 19:33: 
    Bayer Leverkusen v Paris St-Germain (19:45 GMT)

    Bayer Leverkusen will be hoping tonight goes better than their last foray into the Champions League knockout stages when they lost 3-1 at home to Barcelona and were thrashed 7-1 in Spain, with Lionel Messi hitting a record five goals, two years ago.

    For PSG, this is the first time they have reached the knockout stages in two consecutive campaigns. They were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Barcelona last season.

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    David Nicholas: I'd rather play Samir Nasri at centre-back than Martin Demichelis. He has the potential of single-handedly losing City the match.

  161. 19:29: 

    Tonight's match certainly feels like a watershed moment in Manchester City's development. They are a long way from being considered the cream of the continent just yet, but David Silva reckons victory over Barcelona will accelerate that progression.

    "It will be difficult, but beating Barcelona would be like a coming of age for Man City, very important for our confidence and international recognition," said Silva.

    "It is a pity that we are without Aguero. Sometimes we get a bit broken in midfield, there is too much separation between lines when we go forward, and are susceptible to the counter attack."

    Does that last quote explain Pellegrini's starting line-up tonight?

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    Will Totty: Give Martin Demichelis a chance. People assume Lionel Messi will destroy him because of one poor game out of position v Chelsea.

    Rhyley Griffith: Demichelis turns slower than milk, Messi and co will have a field day!

    Sylar Grijs: Disappointed with the Manchester City line-up. Ajax attacked, pressed high and dominated possession in their win against Barcelona until the red card. Don't see that happening.

  163. 19:25: 
    Scottish Cup latest

    We've had a pitch inspection because of heavy rain and some dodgy floodlights but the loyal fans of Stranraer who will make a 10-hour round-trip by bus to Inverness for tonight's Scottish Cup replay will see a game. The League One part-timers gave Caley Thistle a fright at Stair Park, with the Highlanders salvaging a 2-2 draw. Home advantage will make John Hughes's side firm favourites second time round and the winners will be at home to Dundee United in the quarter-finals.

    You can follow all the action on our Scottish live text commentary.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    "It's so important for City to have Fernandinho back, because he allows Yaya Toure to make those runs forward. At the moment Toure is one of the best midfielders in the world, and he will really want to win tonight."

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)
    Manchester City v Barcelona

    "Deafening cries of 'Barca, Barca, Barca' greet the Barcelona players as they emerge for their warm-up. Plenty of travelling fans still outside Etihad Stadium but the ones inside are making a right racket."

  166. 19:24: 
    Here to stay

    However, Carles Vilarrubi does think that Manchester City, even without Lionel Messi, can become one of the best sides in Europe.

    "I am absolutely convinced that Manchester City going to be an important player in the future of the European map," he said.

    "They will be a real player in Europe."

  167. 19:23: 
    Messi to City?

    It's not just Jose Mourinho making all the mischief, because a few headline-writers have suggested Lionel Messi might join Manchester City at some point in the near future. However, before we all get giddy about seeing the mercurial playmaker in the Premier League, it might be worth listening to what Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi told the Manchester Evening News on the eve of the game.

    "No, no," he said. "100 per cent no.

    "Messi is going to finish his career in Barcelona. I will bet whatever amount of money you want to."

    Anyone fancy taking him up on that bet?

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    Brent Marrow: Feel sorry for Joleon Lescott after his great performance against Chelsea.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    "Pellegrini has worked with Demichelis and sees him every day, but he's not the quickest, he's very static in one on one situations. I would have gone for Lescott, because I think Messi v Demichelis could be a mismatch."

    Joey Barton, QPR's former Manchester City midfielderManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    "Based on the two starting line-ups tonight, Barca dominate City. Cannot see anything but a masterclass in possession."

  171. 19:18: 
    City's first ever visitors

    Incidentally, Barcelona were the first team to face Manchester City when they moved into the Etihad Stadium from Maine Road in 2003. Nicolas Anelka and Trevor Sinclair scored either side of Javier Saviola's goal for Barcelona, who included Carles Puyol and Xavi in their starting XI with Andres Iniesta a second-half substitute. Even back then, City fans would never have envisaged facing Barcelona in the Champions League just over 10 years later.

  172. 19:15: 
    Unhappy hunting ground

    It's got absolutely nothing to do with Manchester City, but Barcelona have got a terrible record in this neck of the woods. They have never won on four previous competitive trips to Manchester, picking up two draws and two defeats at Old Trafford. They have played Manchester City in six friendly matches down the years, winning three and losing three.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    "Messi v Demichelis - I don't see how he will cope with him, Kompany is going to have to help out there. Messi could absolutely destroy Demichelis. I'm disappointed, I would have liked a more attacking line up, they need two clear goals to go to the Nou Camp. City have not been great away in Europe, but neither have Barca.

    "I would like to have seen more of an attacking threat from City. I'd love to see an open, expansive game, I don't think we will but that would be great."

    Gary Lineker, MOTD presenter and former Barcelona strikerManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    "Manuel Pellegrini wisely filling midfield, but Martin Demichelis v Messi could get very messy indeed."

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    Ian from Poole: With James Milner suspended and Sergio Aguero injured I think that Manchester City team is about as good as could have been picked but I am concerned with Martin Demichelis at centre-back. I would have preferred Joleon Lescott. Had a great game against Chelsea.

    Tom in Manchester: Demichelis maybe not be the fastest, but has loads of experience and technically is our best defender. Which we need when playing a possession dominant Barca team. Aleksandar Kolarov on the left is presumably because Samir Nasri is not fully fit and James Milner is suspended. Come on City fans, cheer up and enjoy the game!

  176. 19:12: 
    League Two preview

    There are five matches taking place in League Two tonight.

    Newport have confirmed their game against Oxford United will now go ahead after a pitch inspection at Rodney Parade. The U's have not been beaten away from home since April 2013. Exeter take on Morecambe, with Grecians' teenager Christy Pym likely to make his home debut. Rochdale and Burton will battle it out for a promotion place, and at the other end of the table Accrington face Bury at home.

  177. 19:10: 
    League One preview

    Leyton Orient welcome bottom side Stevenage to Brisbane Road as they look to leapfrog Wolves into second place with a win. Fourth-placed Preston will be keen to keep in touch with the top three and travel to MK Dons knowing that a win is all important. Elsewhere, Bradford host Port Vale in a mid-table encounter while Carlisle visit Coventry.

  178. 19:06: 
    Championship preview

    Derby travel to Sheffield Wednesday knowing that a point will take them above third-placed Queens Park Rangers in the table. It won't be an easy task though given that Wednesday have won six and lost just three of their last 13 league games. Elsewhere, Wigan host struggling Barnsley as they continue their push for a place in the play-offs while bottom side Yeovil aim to complete a league double against Watford, who they beat 3-0 at Vicarage Road in November.

  179. 19:05: 
    Bayer Leverkusen v Paris St-Germain (19:45 GMT)

    Paris St-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has his own fears though after admitting Leverkusen's aerial dominance could be a problem.

    "Set-pieces will be a key of the match though not the only one," he said. "They have a very athletic team. I think we lack a bit of height. We will not be able to fight them in the air because PSG players won't grow 10 centimetres taller overnight.

    "So if we don't control the game, if we don't force them to adapt to our play, their philosophy will prevail, with fast counter-attacks and set-pieces. And we are going to suffer."

  180. 19:04: 
    Bayer Leverkusen v Paris St-Germain (19:45 GMT)
    Sami Hyypia and Laurent Blanc

    The two managers tonight are no strangers to English football fans with PSG managed by former Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc and Leverkusen led by ex-Liverpool centre-back Sami Hyypia.

    Hyppia has no doubt about PSG's danger man, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's competition tally of eight goals only bettered by Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

    "Even if you play perfectly against him," Hyppia said. "He is always able to score a goal. But we have to fight to make sure he gets as little ball as possible."

  181. 19:03: 
    Bayer Leverkusen v Paris St-Germain (19:45 GMT)

    Bayer Leverkusen are boosted by the inclusion of defender Emir Spahic, who limped out of Sunday's defeat to Schalke with a thigh injury. Midfielder Emre Can misses out through suspension.

    Leverkusen: Leno, Hilbert, Spahic, Toprak, Guardado, Bender, Rolfes, Castro, Sam, Kiessling, Son. SUBS: Yelldell, Reinartz, Wollscheid, Hegeler, Oztunali, Boenisch, Brandt.

    PSG have to do without £55m striker Edinson Cavani, who is still out with a thigh injury, while their January signing from Newcastle Yohan Cabaye has to settle for a place on the substitutes bench. Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads the attack.

    PSG: Sirigu, van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Verratti, Motta, Matuidi, L. Moura, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi. SUBS: Douchez, Pastore, Cabaye, Marquinhos, Menez, Digne, Rabiot.

  182. 19:02: 
    Bayer Leverkusen v Paris St-Germain (19:45 GMT)
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Just like Manchester City and Barcelona, Bayern Leverkusen and Paris St-Germain face each other for the first time in competitive action this evening - with the two sides enjoying contrasting domestic fortunes.

    Laurent Blanc's PSG have lost just once in the league all season as they close in on a second successive Ligue 1 title, while Leverkusen, second in the Bundesliga, have lost five of their last seven matches.

    The Germans haven't progressed further than the Champions League last 16 since finishing runners-up in 2002 and will be wary of PSG's Sweden striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is enjoying his most prolific season in the competition with eight goals.

  183. 19:00: 

    Just 45 minutes to go until kick-off at the Etihad now. Let's have a little scout around and see what else is happening in the Champions League and beyond...

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    Ryan Jacobs: Pathetic from Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini. Defensive line-up shows he is afraid, and Barca will take full advantage. Barca to walk the tie now.

    Janniky: Martin Demichelis would struggle to keep up with Lionel Messi in a car. He is going to get run rugged.

    Jamie Plummer: Was at Norwich v Manchester City and City looked poor without Sergio Aguero and Demichelis was awful. Up to Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy!

    Demichelis played against Barca once last season, coming up against Lionel Messi celebrating his record-breaking fourth successive Ballon d'Or. Messi's goal against Malaga was part of a comfortable 3-1 victory, with Cesc Fabregas also knocking one in.

  185. 18:59: 
    LINE-UPS- Manchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Kolarov, Silva, Negredo. Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Lescott, Nasri, Dzeko, Javi Garcia, Jovetic.

    Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas, Alexis, Messi, Iniesta. Subs: Pinto, Pedro, Neymar, Bartra, Song, Adriano, Sergi Roberto.

    Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

  186. 18:58: 
    Manchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    Manuel Pellegrini makes six changes to the City starting XI from the one that kicked off the win over Chelsea last Saturday, with Aleksandar Kolarov set to start on the left side of midfield ahead of Gael Clichy at left-back. Fernandinho returns from injury but along with Pablo Zabaleta is a booking away from a one-game ban, while James Milner is suspended.

    There are three changes for Barcelona from the side that thrashed Rayo Vallecano 6-0 on Saturday, but Neymar only makes the bench.

    Mark Pougatch, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    "Manchester City were overrun and outnumbered in midfield against Bayern Munich. No repeating that this time. Plenty of work for David Silva tonight."

    Mark will be presenting all the build-up to Manchester City v Barcelona from Etihad Stadium at 1900 GMT.

  188. 18:57:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    "Just had a look at "the worst Barcelona side in years", according to Jose Mourinho. Messi? Xavi? Iniesta? Alexis? Maybe that just shows you how great the great side was. Mischief-making at best from Mourinho as that's not too shabby.

    "City's big selection question was whether Manuel Pellegrini played one striker or two, a ploy that did not work against Bayern Munich. Wise choice, in my opinion, to go for just Alvaro Negredo."

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    "A real buzz outside Etihad Stadium tonight with Barca fans showing off their flags and banners, all to the soundtrack of Manchester's finest bands: The Smiths and New Order are the latest to be blasted out of the speakers.

    "Plenty of friendly banter, and photo-bombing, going on from City fans too and both sets of supporters are enjoying the party."

  190. 18:54: 
    A method in his madness?

    We might not always agree with everything he says - Arsene Wenger certainly doesn't - but there's always a reason behind each and every headline Mourinho feeds to the media. So what is The Special One trying to achieve when he labels the current Barcelona squad as "one of the worst for many, many years"?

    If he's trying to stir Barcelona into giving his domestic title rivals a good hiding, his plan might be working because Barca defender Gerard Pique says he is determined his side regain their status as the best team on the Continent.

    "Maybe they don't fear us as before because in the last two years we didn't win the Champions League," said Pique. "We can still be the best, but we have to show to the world we can do it."

  191. 18:49: 
    'One of worst Barca sides for years'

    Is Lionel Messi the best ever? I'm sure that's one to debate long into the night. However, there's no denying Lionel Messi's stature in the world game allows him to be classed as one of the best ever.

    Despite the presence of Messi tonight, however, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says this current Barcelona side are not as good as they have been in previous years.

    Former Real Madrid coach Mourinho said: "City have a chance.

    "Of course, they have [Lionel] Messi - he is special - and they have more than him. But I think this is the worst Barcelona of many, many years."


  192. 18:47: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Manchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    And here's the Barcelona team, complete with Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and plenty of World Cup winners...

    Barcelona starting XI: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, J Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Fabregas, Alexis, Messi, Iniesta.

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    Ben in Huddersfield: Heroes? Georgiou Kinkladze was mine. He'd play in this Manchester City team!

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)
    Manchester City v Barcelona

    "The scenes outside Etihad Stadium are more like a rock concert than a football match as the Man City team bus arrives. Manuel Pellegrini was first to depart, with Oasis classic 'What's the Story' blasting out of the speakers by the main entrance to the ground and each player getting introduced by a PA announcer and greeted by loud screams from fans as they climbed off the bus."

  195. 18:39: 
    Manchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    What do you all make of that team then? A good move by Manuel Pellegrini to go with one up top?

  196. 18:38: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Manchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    The Manchester City team has just dropped, and Manuel Pellegrini has gone with just one striker, Alvaro Negredo, up front. Fernandinho makes his return from injury to bolster the midfield.

    Man City XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Navas, Toure, Fernandinho, Kolarov, Silva, Negredo.

  197. 18:36: 
    Green light for Curitiba

    I've also got some breaking news to tell you from elsewhere, with Curitiba being confirmed as a World Cup venue.

  198. 18:35: 
    Match off

    The weather continues to wreak havoc with the Football League programme, with Crawley's home clash with Tranmere being postponed.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    "I can't wait for it to get started. It will be interesting to see the formations. Will City stick to 4-4-2 against Barca's 4-3-3? I don't think they can, and how will they handle Messi? It's going to be a fascinating battle, I think it will be an open game but I fancy Barca to nick it 2-1. With Aguero in the team I would have given City more of a chance."

  200. 18:30: 
    Messi breaking records

    While Manchester City were temporarily silencing Jose Mourinho last weekend, Barcelona were flexing their muscles in a 6-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano which returned them to the top of La Liga. Lionel Messi, fully recovered from his recent injury, scored twice to go joint-third with Raul in the all-time La Liga scoring charts. The Argentine has now scored 228 goals in 263 games. Is he the best ever?

  201. 18:27: 

    We are, Edin. Are you?

    Manchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)
  203. 18:26: 
    The City juggernaut

    Back to the modern day though, where Manchester City are like a juggernaut in their ruthless pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple. They head into tonight's game in decent shape having knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup last weekend while they are around a fortnight away from facing Sunderland in the final of the League Cup. But they will face no bigger test of their credentials than over two legs against Barcelona.

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    Luke Darmanin: I'll be very surprised if James Milner doesn't start. Look how effective he was against Eden Hazard. Made for these matches.

  205. 18:23: 
    Barca have always been good...

    Plenty to chat about tonight, but for those who enjoyed the nostalgia of the Manchester City team from the 1998-99 season, let me tell you a few of the names who were lining up for Barcelona in the same year: Luis Figo, Rivaldo and the original Beast, Miguel Angel Nadal. Plenty of Championship Manager 2 legends in there.

    For the record, Barca won La Liga that season but were knocked out in the group stages of the Champions League. Their opponents? Bayern Munich, Brondby and...Manchester United.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Etihad StadiumManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    "Around 300 members of the media here and paella on the menu - yes Barcelona are in town and there is already a cracking atmosphere in and around the Etihad Stadium. These are the nights Manchester City's Abu Dhabi-based owners had in mind when they started bankrolling Manchester City.

    "City have a Barcelona look to their executive team with Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain - once of the Nou Camp - now chief executive director of football. Now they hope to show some of that influence has passed on to pitch as Manuel Pellegrini's side pit their wonderful attacking talents against the Catalans."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live have every angle covered for Tuesday's titanic Champions League clash between Manchester City and Barcelona.

    Tune in at 1900 GMT as Mark Pougatch presents from Etihad Stadium. The build-up will include interviews with Cesc Fabregas, Roberto Mancini and Yaya Toure.

    The live commentary begins at 1945 GMT, with John Murray and former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage keeping you up-to-date with the enthralling action.

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live online now.

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Manchester City's journey from Macclesfield to Barcelona in just 15 years must surely give hope to all football fans. So let's have a bit of fun before we get stuck into the serious business of tonight. In the spirit of Andy Morrison and Jamie Pollock, who were actually decent enough players when they turned out for the Blues, let us know your own club's cult heroes. You can also give me your thoughts on tonight's game if you want to get straight to the point.

    So, whether you want to talk David White or Lionel Messi, the floor is yours. Just send a tweet to #bbcfootball or a text, including your name, to 81111. Get twexting.

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    Paul Moore: Just on may to the Etihad. I am so nervous. I am genuinely shaking. This game is massive!

  210. 18:13: 
    Follow every kick

    Still negotiating over the television remote? Don't worry, all you need to follow tonight's action is a solid internet connection with access to the BBC Sport website. We'll talk you through every Messi dribble and each and every one of Yaya's barnstorming runs. Fingers crossed we'll have plenty of goals to tell you about too.

    We'll also keep you up to date with the other Champions League tie between Bayer Leverkusen and Paris St-Germain and all the matches happening in the Football League during the course of the evening. Don't go anywhere. Except, of course, to make a brew.

    BBC Sport's Chris BevanManchester City v Barcelona (1945 GMT)
    Manchester City v Barcelona

    "I would not say the centre of Manchester is exactly heaving with Barcelona fans right now. In fact it was hard to find any. But these three, enjoying the fountains and big wheel in Piccadilly Gardens, were in good voice, and confident too: They all think Barca will win tonight and will definitely make it to the last eight."

  212. 18:04: 
    Champions League goes up a gear

    Yep, we've officially reached that point in the year when five-a-side football is no longer the best thing to do on a Tuesday night, when all homework is fed to the dog and when tactical battles over the television remote must be won. The best football teams in Europe, probably the world, are about to slug it out from now until May.

    It's the Champions League and you're cordially invited to take your place in the front row. Strap yourself in for a midweek feast of football.

  213. 18:00: 
    Barcelona are in town

    Manchester City against Barcelona. It doesn't seem real, does it?

    Just 15 years ago, a Blues side containing the likes of Richard Edghill, Andy Morrison and Jamie Pollock was preparing for a game against Macclesfield in what is now known as League One. Catalonia seemed a long way from Moss Side. A very long way.

    Jamie Pollock

    Fast forward to the present day, and it's all very real. For Edghill, Morrison and Pollock read Zabaleta, Kompany and Yaya Toure.

    Lionel Messi is no longer the type of visiting global superstar to be admired from across the city at Old Trafford. Nope, he's now gracing blue turf as part of a Barcelona side which has been pitted against Manchester City for one of the most eagerly anticipated match-ups in the last 16 of the Champions League.

    It could be a classic. Failing that, it'll be very, very good.

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