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Barca and Apoel Nicosia through to Champs Lge quarters


Barca and Apoel Nicosia through to Champs Lge quarters

Lionel Messi scored five and Cristian Tello twice as holders Barcelona demolished Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 to reach the quarter finals of the Champions League.

The Spanish four-times European champions advance to the last eight with a resounding 10-2 aggregate victory.

Apoel Nicosia of Cyprus claimed another scalp as they continue their fairytale run in the competition.

The surprise package beat European regulars Lyon 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after neither side could break the one all aggregate deadlock in extra time.

On Tuesday Arsenal led a brave fightback at home against AC Milan but it wasn’t enough. A 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium in north London failed to overturn the 4-0 drubbing Milan had given the Gunners in the San Siro.

Also in the hat for the last eight are Benfica, who saw off Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 in Portugal to win 4-3 on aggregate.