Barcelona FC have just gone through the next phase in the Champions league quarter finals for a record, which is stunning, they have created. The team have the quarter finals in eight consecutive season after defeating Man City’s expectation, for the second time. The squad is without a doubt a great threat for the other competitors in the Champions league. The English’s hope to turn the 2-1 defeat in the first leg has apparently been ceased by the great strives by Enrique’s men attacking game. Ivan Rakitic’s goal midway in the first half has sufficed to gain the key to the next fixture in the league, clearly drowning Man City’s hope during the game and resulting in a great sorrow in the away side.
What was worth appreciating and admiring is Joe Hart’s heroic saves during the tough game. The England goalie had surely shown a fascinating performance during the match. Actually, Man City could have made things better if only Sergio Aguero had scored the goal from the penalty spot. This failure assuredly made the entire Camp Nou cheered, while at the same time accruing great disappointment on the parts of the away side’s supporters. Manuel Pellegrini spoke of his desire and expectation to have control under the game yet that seemed to be a distant, if not a mere, dream during the match when the home side had the commentators foraging for their novel superlatives for the exceptional game that the home side played.
The whole team was sensational. Incredible nutmegs, astute flicks, incisive one-twos as well as passing entered the Man City’s area. Man City were entirely hypnotized during the play, which resulted in their being dragged into submission. Kompany’s mind surely got overwhelmed on six minutes when he was caught in possession by Daniel Alves on the edge of the box. The ball was well played through to Neymar, who successfully fired a shot that hit the left post and then got the ball rolled across just before it hit the right one. The game by the home side surely set the pace. Slowly yet surely Los Cules turned the screw, with even Alba winning attacking header. Man City got buckle on 31 minutes when Lionel Messi floated across the pitch, posing great vision to spot Rakitic being free from defenders. The midfielder reflected the ball with his chest and lifted it over the England goalie.