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Spanish midfielder plays 143rd game in the competition

Manuel Pellegrini was furious over the decision to award Barcelona a penalty
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his team's goal past Manchester City's Joe Hart (left) from the penalty spot

Manchester City 0 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Who were the best and worst performers at the Etihad?

Lionel Messi scored from the spot before Alves added a second at the death

Barcelona's goalkeeper Victor Valdes makes a save near his line after initially missing the cross

Manchester City 0 Barcelona 2 - comment: Manuel Pellegrini still searching for final pieces of his City jigsaw

City were beaten by second half goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves

Andres Iniesta (left) is tackled by Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta

Manchester City 0 Barcelona 2 - comment: Not the worst Barcelona side, but despite Lionel Messi inspired victory, they are not the team they once were

Mourinho’s comments that this is the worst Barcelona side in recent memory are exaggerated, but they are not the side of three years ago

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his team's goal past Manchester City's Joe Hart (left) from the penalty spot

Manchester City 0 Barcelona 2 match report: Lionel Messi and Dani Alves on target after Martin Demichelis red card

City face improbable task to progress at the Nou Camp in three weeks time

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Fernandinho returns to the City starting line-up

Manchester City v Barcelona team news: Fernandinho returns tor City, Lionel Messi starts for Barcelona

Fernandinho has returned to the Manchester City starting XI after nearly three weeks out with a thigh injury to face Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 first-leg at the Etihad Stadium tonight.

Brazil forward Neymar trains before facing Manchester City

Manchester City v Barcelona: 'City are a long way behind Barcelona,' says Neymar

Brazilian forward claims his opponents do not yet have enough European experience

Lionel Messi returned to goalscoring form with two strikes in Barcelona’s 4-1 win on Sunday

Pete Jenson: 'Lionel Messi: The Movie' may be in production but the Barcelona forward's goals against Seville showed it is not time for the credits

A Different League: The Argentina international showed that contrary to reports of his demise he could still play himself

Racing Santander speak to the referee after refusing to contest their Copa del Rey quarter-final due to unpaid wages

Bizarre scenes as Racing Santander refuse to play Copa del Rey quarter-final due to unpaid wages - and then find themselves banned

They lined up on the pitch against Real Sociedad, but then refused to contest the ball

Transfer news: PSG would 'bring in Lionel Messi' if there was no limit to their spending, says president

The French champions have been linked with the Barcelona forward

Premier League dominates international transfer market

English sides paid out over $1bn in 2013

Thierry Henry in training with Arsenal at their London Colney ground

Thierry Henry: With Mesut Ozil, Arsenal can go on and win the Premier League this season

Legendary striker does not fear a slump in the second half of the season

Sandro Rosell announces his resignation from the Barcelona presidency

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell resigns: Neymar court case behind exit

An investigation is taking place into the transfer of the Brazil striker

Neymar’s fee was originally quoted as €57m but a court has heard the true cost to Barça was €100m

Pete Jenson: The Nou Camp may one day have a mausoleum but Barcelona hope Neymar deal does not return to haunt them

A Different League: The Brazilian's fee was originally quoted as €57m but a court has heard the true cost to the Catalan giants was €100m

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