Luis Suarez scores twice on his return to England... but Messi proves he's human

Barcelona hold a 2-1 advantage over Man City after tonight’s Champions League last-16 first leg.

Suarez and his Barca team-mates.
Suarez and his Barca team-mates.
Image: Gregorio Lopez

LUIS SUAREZ RETURNED to haunt Manchester City by scoring twice as Barcelona took control of their Champions League last 16 tie with a 2-1 away win.

Suarez was a thorn in City’s side last season, scoring 31 goals as Liverpool pushed Manuel Pellegrini’s team all the way in the title race, and his first-half brace set Barcelona on the way to a repeat of their 4-1 aggregate win over the same opponents from this time last year.

But Sergio Aguero struck in the 69th minute to give City something to build on in the second leg on March 18 and they were spared a heavier defeat in stoppage time when Lionel Messi won a penalty following a foul by Pablo Zabaleta, only for Joe Hart to save his spot-kick and for him to head the rebound wide.

Another echo of last year’s tie means that City will travel to Camp Nou without left-back Gael Clichy, however, after he followed Martin Demichelis and Zabaleta’s example from 2014 by getting sent off for two bookable offences.

© AFP, 2015

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