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Feb 24, 2015

Hart says penalty save will give City belief

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Manchester City were outplayed by Barcelona for most of their Champions League first leg tie on Tuesday but will still go to the Nou Camp hopeful of reaching the last eight for the first time thanks to Joe Hart.

The England goalkeeper, beaten twice by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in a 2-1 defeat, dived to his right to block Argentine maestro Lionel Messi’s penalty with the last kick of the game.

Feb 24, 2015

Soccer-Hart says penalty save will give City belief

MANCHESTER, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Manchester City were outplayed by Barcelona for most of their Champions League first leg tie on Tuesday but will still go to the Nou Camp hopeful of reaching the last eight for the first time thanks to Joe Hart.

The England goalkeeper, beaten twice by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in a 2-1 defeat, dived to his right to block Argentine maestro Lionel Messi’s penalty with the last kick of the game.

Feb 24, 2015

Barca’s Suarez bursts from shadow of Messi and Neymar

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Luis Suarez has played third fiddle in Barcelona’s attacking trio since his big money move from Liverpool but he returned to England on Tuesday with a reminder of the predatory instincts that haunted Premier League defences.

The Uruguayan, so often in the headlines during his spell on Merseyside, mostly for his goals but also for misdemeanours including biting, has impressed at the Nou Camp with his unselfish approach helping Lionel Messi and Neymar shine.

Feb 24, 2015

Soccer-Barca’s Suarez bursts from shadow of Messi and Neymar

MANCHESTER, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Luis Suarez has played third fiddle in Barcelona’s attacking trio since his big money move from Liverpool but he returned to England on Tuesday with a reminder of the predatory instincts that haunted Premier League defences.

The Uruguayan, so often in the headlines during his spell on Merseyside, mostly for his goals but also for misdemeanours including biting, has impressed at the Nou Camp with his unselfish approach helping Lionel Messi and Neymar shine.

Feb 24, 2015

Suarez puts Barca on top as Messi misses penalty

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Two first half goals by Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a 2-1 win at Manchester City as they put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday although Lionel Messi’s late penalty miss left the door ajar.

In a repeat of last season’s round of 16 first leg at the Etihad, Barcelona were too slick for City in a mesmerizing first period that could have brought five goals.

Feb 24, 2015

Soccer-Suarez puts Barca on top as Messi misses penalty

MANCHESTER, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Two first half goals by Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a 2-1 win at Manchester City as they put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday although Lionel Messi’s late penalty miss left the door ajar.

In a repeat of last season’s round of 16 first leg at the Etihad, Barcelona were too slick for City in a mesmerising first period that could have brought five goals.

Feb 23, 2015

Soccer-This time we’re ready for Barca, says Man City’s Nasri

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Manchester City do not have an inferiority complex as they prepare to host Barcelona in their Champions League last 16 first leg tie at The Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, said French midfielder Samir Nasri.

A year ago at the same stage City bowed out 4-1 on aggregate against the four-times European champions, never recovering from losing 2-0 at home when they had Martin Demichelis sent off.

Feb 23, 2015

This time we’re ready for Barca, says Man City’s Nasri

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City do not have an inferiority complex as they prepare to host Barcelona in their Champions League last 16 first leg tie at The Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, said French midfielder Samir Nasri.

A year ago at the same stage City bowed out 4-1 on aggregate against the four-times European champions, never recovering from losing 2-0 at home when they had Martin Demichelis sent off.

Feb 23, 2015

Preview: Man City aim to break new ground by beating Barca

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City have been on a steep learning curve in the Champions League but Tuesday’s last 16 first-leg clash with four-times European kings Barcelona offers a chance to show they are now serious contenders.

Last season’s exit at the identical stage also against Barca, 4-1 on aggregate, revealed City’s shortcomings in a squad good enough to win the Premier League but still lacking authority and discipline against Europe’s very best.

Feb 23, 2015

Man City aim to break new ground by beating Barca

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City have been on a steep learning curve in the Champions League but Tuesday’s last 16 first-leg clash with four-times European kings Barcelona offers a chance to show they are now serious contenders.

Last season’s exit at the identical stage also against Barca, 4-1 on aggregate, revealed City’s shortcomings in a squad good enough to win the Premier League but still lacking authority and discipline against Europe’s very best.