Barcelona beat Arsenal 3-1 in UEFA Champions League

Barcelona beat Arsenal 3-1 in UEFA Champions League

All is set for a fierce contest between Barcelona and Arsenal in the second leg of the last tie of the round of 16 at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona beat Arsenal 3-1 in UEFA Champions League

Mesut Ozil in the thick of affairs in the first leg

In the first leg at the Emirates, Messi scored a brace to hand Barcelona a 2-0 advantage.

For the Gunners, they had players like Santi Cazorla, Petr Chech and Jack Wilshere all missed the last three games through various forms of injuries.

For Barcelona, Gerard Pique’s yellow card in London has ruled him out

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Likely line ups:

Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Daniel Alves, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Jeremy Mathieu, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Neymar.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerín, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Elneny, Iwobi, Özil, Sánchez, Welbeck

Arsene Wenger looks eager to get us a shocker tonite and it is even evidenced in his demeanour all throughout the week.

"We don't have to calculate too much, we know we have to attack and score," said Wenger.

"The players are united to give a strong performance."

"We don't have to calculate too much, we know we have to attack and score," said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

"The players are united to give a strong performance."

Referee:

Sergey Karasev

We already have a packed Camp Nou which is over a 90,000 seater

Players exchange pleasantries

1' Arsenal kicks-off but Barcelona have already taken over and making their intentions clear

2' But Arsenal win a corner from a Mesut Ozil and Welbeck effort

4' Arsenal looks confident as they take the game to Barcelona

6' Good start for Arsenal and they are making their over 5000 fans who have travelled here very vociferous

8' A Barcelona counter attack and they are in charge now

9' Ozil robs Iniesta off the ball and heads at Barca goal as his effort misses narrowly

11' Barcelona are finding in Arsenal tough customers to handle

13' Iwobi has his effort applauded by Sanchez as the Nigerian starlet sends a daring one upfront

16' A great ball to Messi sees the Argentinian come one on one with Ospina who makes a wonderful sav from his kik at goal

18' GOAAAL! Barcelona scores from a precise pass from Suarez which finds Neymar and he calmly squeezes under Ospina with a left footer

Barcelona beat Arsenal 3-1 in UEFA Champions League

Barcelona celebrates Neymar's 18th minute goal

21' Wonderful play from Sanchez as the former Barcelona forward takes a good pace towards the opponents and his efforts is left thwarted by Rakitic

25' Arsenal wins a corner from another brilliant play which sees them displaying great composure

27' A Neymar shot at goal from a brilliant inter positional play between Jordi Alba and Rakitic is once again saved by Ospina

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32' BOOKING

Arsenal looking frustrated, Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) attracts the yellow card for a foul play

34' A chance for Arsenal in the Barcelona 18-yard box is kicked wayward by Alexander Iwobi

39' A real good chance for Arsenal who initiates an attack is once again kicked way off target by Sanchez

41' Iwobi effort locates Welbeck who is thwarted by Macherano. Arsenal looks confident going up. They need to be more daring

45' SUBSTITUTION

Flamini is injured and replaced by Francis Coquelin

45' + 2' HALF TIME

Barcelona leads 1-0 but 3-0 on aggregate with 67% possession ahead of Arsenal

46' Second half underway

50' GOAAAL

Great strike by Elneny from his right foot from outside the box to the top right corner which was assisted by Alexis Sánchez puts the game at 1-1

53' Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half of Arsenal who needs to defend well

58' Game on! Barcelona still leads on aggregate but Arsenal look hungrier in this half with a Danny Welbeck left footed shot from the centre of the box blocked

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63' Freekick for Barcelona finds Messi, to Alvez who sends one to Suarez and it is a..........

GOAAAAL!

67' Great play by Danny Welbeck as he hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box from an Alex Iwobi assist

72' SUBSTITUTION

For Arsenal Olivier Giroud replaces Alex Iwobi

73' SUBSTITUTION

For Arsenal Theo Walcott replaces Danny Welbeck

73' SUBSTITUTION

For Barcelona Sergi Roberto replaces Andrés Iniesta

79' A brilliant strike by Sanchez is nicely saved by the Barcelona goalkeeper

82' Arsenal piling pressure as they fight for possession but Barcelona have other ideas

82' Olivier Giroud could have done better as he misfires......... it was a good pass from Ozil

86' Arsenal gets an opportunity to level but Theo Walcott's efforts goes wayward

89' GOOOOAAAL!

A good display of passing skill finds Messi score his 6th goal of the competition this time around and a personal 9th by the player against Arsenal

90' + 1' Neymar sends one to Jordi Alba who sends a great flicker ahead

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90'+3' Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 3, Arsenal 1

And Barcelona qualifies for the quarter finals on an MNS (Messi, Neymar and Suarez) goals against Wenger's men.

He called these players, 'magicians', before the game and it came to pass!

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