Sanchez puts Barca in driving seat
Bayer Leverkusen 1 Barcelona 3
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.
Wednesday 15 February 2012
Two goals from Alexis Sanchez helped Barcelona put one foot in the quarter-finals as they secured a hard-fought 3-1 win in their first leg at Bayer Leverkusen last night.
The Chilean rolled home his first Champions League goal just before the break after a smart passing move, only for Michal Kadlec to level matters just after the restart, heading home a cross from Tottenham loanee Vedran Corluka. Sanchez then cottoned on to Cesc Fabregas' fine pass to round home goalkeeper Bernd Leno for his 10th goal in 10 matches, before Lionel Messi put the seal on a superb display by stabbing home Dani Alves' cross.
Lyons edged to a 1-0 success over the Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia, Alexandre Lacazette dividing the sides with a deflected second-half effort.
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