How Barca’s stars got on against the new boys of European football.
It may not have been the best of performances by Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 second-leg with Manchester City, but they are through to yet another quarter-final.
Goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves helped secure a 2-1 victory at the Nou Camp to take the Catalans through 4-1 on aggregate.
Here’s how the Barca players rated:
Victor Valdes – 6
Made an excellent save to deny Edin Dzeko on what was a relatively quiet night for the goalkeeper – who is departing Barca at the end this season.
Dani Alves – 7
An energetic performance from the Brazilian who burst forward at every available opportunity and like three weeks earlier at the Etihad Stadium, got on the score-sheet.
Gerard Pique – 6
Made some important challenges, but the fact they were last ditch will be worrying for head coach Gerardo Martino, including a great interception to stop Fernandinho from shooting.
Javier Mascherano – 6
Was solid enough at the back despite many thinking the Argentine would struggle with the physicality of Dzeko.
Jordi Alba – 7
Bombed forward at every available opportunity and made some intelligent runs to get in behind Pablo Zabaleta.