Defending Champions Barcelona, eased into the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday. The Spanish giants blew Arsenal 3-1 in the return leg of the round of 16 encounter at Nou Camp.
Lionel Messi and Company won 2-0 at London in the first leg. The Gunners were eliminated from the first knock out round for the sixth consecutive season.
Brazilian striker Neymar drew first blood for the hosts to extend their lead after being assisted by Suarez. Neymar netted his 26th goal of the season. Earlier, Messi was denied by the Gunners goal keeper, David Ospina. Arsenal started the second half with some purpose. Mohamed Elneny notched up his first goal for the Gunners and the scores were level at the hour mark.
But who can stop the formidable Barca forward-line up? Uruguayan Luis Suarez scored from an acrobatic right-footed volley to restore the lead for the Catalans. Suarez is the leading scorer for the holders in this season. And the Argentine talisman, Lionel Messi, rounded up things with a delightful chip, which earned his side the fifth goal of the tie and a commendable four goal lead, according to the Mail Online.
Arsene Wenger was mesmerized by the “art” of football displayed by the Spanish champions. The Gunners boss commented that Barcelona has turned the game to a quixotic art-form. You can catch the highlights and the goals in this video.
“We created plenty of dangerous situations but we couldn’t take the chance. As well, Barca going forward, the accuracy of their passing, especially Messi, is exceptional. Over 90 minutes he didn’t miss one first touch. At some point in sport you have to admire art. They have two or three players who transform normal life into art and I respect that. Of course, for me it’s suffering but it’s exceptional.” Said Wenger, according to the Guardian.