UCL REPORT: City Stun Barca As Ozil Scores A Sublime To Send Arsenal To Last 16
Manchester City revenged their UEFA Chmapions League 4-0 defeat by FC Barcelona a fortnight ago as Ilkay Gundogan scored a brace and Kevin de Bruyne with a sensational free-kick to end the game in 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium Tuesday night.
Pep Guardiola’s side were humiliated at the Camp Nou two weeks ago but they showed great resolve to record the comeback win after Lionel Messi had put the Catalans ahead with a stunning counter-attacking goal, his ninetieth Champions League goal.
Barca looked to be in party-mode when right-back Sergi Roberto misplaced a pass, and City made them pay as Raheem Sterling set up Gundogan to tap into a gaping goal six minutes before halftime.
The hosts then took the lead six minutes into the second half, with De Bruyne powering a free-kick past Marc Andre ter Stegen before Gundogan’s second of the night put a wrap on the victory for the Premier league side.
Barcelona remain top of Group C on nine points and need only draw away to Celtic in their next game to progress, while City go into the game against Borussia Moenchengladbach knowing a win will take them through.
In Germany, Moussa Dembele’s penalty ensured that the tie between Celtic and Monchedgladbach ended all square after Lars Stindl had put the hosts ahead in the first half.
Mesut Ozil scored a sublime winner as Arsenal fought back from two goals down to beat Ludogorets 3-2 in Sofia and secure their place in the last 16 for the 17th consecutive season.
Ludogorets were 2-0 up inside 15 minutes with goals from Jonathan Cafu and Claudiu Keseru, however, Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud scored to level the tie before the break.
With the game petering out to a draw, Ozil burst onto a long ball from Kieran Gibbs, chipped goalkeeper Milan Borjan and cut inside two defenders before firing home.
Victory sees the Gunners through from Group A with two games left, as are Paris Saint-Germain, who won 2-1 away to Basle in Switzerland.
Atletico Madrid and German champions Bayern Munich also qualified for the last 16 on Tuesday from Group D with 2-1 victories each, Antoine Griezmann and Robert Lewandowski grabbing both goals for their respective clubs.
It’s still open in Group B, where Benfica stay in the driving seat with a 1-0 win over Dynamo Kiev after Napoli held Besikstas 1-1 in Istanbul.