Posted by News Express | 17 March 2016 | 2,669 times
It was a familiar story at the Camp Nou as Barcelona eased through to a ninth successive UEFA Champions League quarter-final and Arsenal, impressive at times, bowed out in the last 16 yet again.
Neymar’s early goal all but ended the tie as a contest, and though Mohamed Elneny’s fabulous strike earned Arsenal parity of the night, Barcelona had the last word. First Luis Suárez made it 2-1 in outrageous fashion before Lionel Messi chipped in to complete a 5-1 aggregate win.
always a daunting prospect, but Neymar’s 18th-minute opener effectively killed the tie off. Laurent Koscielny was at fault, caught in possession as he tried to dribble out of defence. Barcelona were on it in a flash. Suárez collected the ball and found Neymar with time and space to fire in.
For a spell the fight left Arsenal, who had begun brightly even if they were indebted to a fantastic stop from David Ospina to deny Messi just before the opener. Barcelona attacked with trademark alacrity, but as the half wore on and with Alex Iwobi – on his first start in the competition – lively there were chances at the other end too.
Six minutes after the restart Elneny curled in a superb effort and the flames of hope flickered, only for Suárez to douse them with an acrobatic goal that came off his shin and flew into the top corner. Danny Welbeck hit the bar, while Marc-André ter Stegen kept out Alexis Sánchez and Olivier Giroud, but the game was up, Messi making doubly sure. Barcelona march on.
•Excerpted from uefa.com. Photo shows Neymar, Messi and Suarez – the terrible striking trio that gunned own Arsenal last night at the Camp Nou.
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