Messi nears his peak to lift Barcelona, PSG rolls to CL quarterfinals

Wednesday March 12th, 2014
Barcelona star Lionel Messi evaded Manchester City's Vincent Kompany and his teammates, scoring the decisive goal in the teams' Champions League last 16 second leg.
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Such was Barca's discomfort when City upped the pace in the early part of the second half that you wonder whether Bayern - as technically adept as Barca but more physically robust - might slice it apart as it did last year, though reports of Barca's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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