Barcelona defeats Arsenal and progresses to the quarter-finals

van Persie red card

 Massimo Busacca ‘gunned down’ the ‘Gunners’

 

5 yellow cards, a red one, a penalty kick and an injured goalkeeper. The scenario couldn’t be worse for Arsenal who were defeated by an old foe tonight at Camp Nou.

On the other hand, Lionel Messi performed brilliantly, as he’s used to doing it and scored twice to push his team through the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League™.

Lionel Messi

Messi put the home side in front; Sergio Busquets’ own goal swung the tie in Arsenal FC’s favour (…). Goals from Xavi Hernández and Messi, from the penalty spot, confirmed it and, with a 4-3 aggregate triumph, the Spanish titleholders’ place in next Friday’s draw for the last eight. Graham Hunter for UEFA.com.

 

Massimo Busacca of Switzerland (referee) gave Barça a hand, showing van Persie a red card at 56′.  The Dutch striker claimed he could not hear the whistle as he fired a shot at goal a second after the match official blew for offside.  Busacca’s decision left a 10-man vulnerable to Barcelona’s attacks.  Depleted in numbers if not spirit, Arsenal were soon put the sword.

Messi F.C. Barcelona

So that’s it for Arsenal , whose Champions League dream is over yet again.

Wilshere and Fabregas
Cleaning up: Arsenal skipper supports young Wilshere in the aftermath of the defeat

Match statistics by UEFA.com

March 8th, 2011.

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